2007 Cobber Women's Soccer - Game Recaps
Sophomore forward Vanessa Kowalski scored the game-winning goal in CC's 4-0 win over upset-minded Hamline in St. Paul on Saturday. With the win, Concordia moves into first place in the MIAC standings. CC remains unbeaten in conference play as the up their mark to 7-0-1.

Cobbers On Top Of The MIAC!

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Opponent's Website: Hamline Women's Soccer

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (10/13/07)-- Concordia scored three goals in a span of less than 13 minutes to coast past Hamline 4-0 in St. Paul on Saturday. The win keeps the Cobbers unbeaten in MIAC play and pushes the team into sole possession of first place in the league standings. CC is now 7-0-1 in the conference and has accumulated 15 points. That is one point better than St. Ben's who has a 7-1-0 league mark and fell into second place.

The young gun forwards provided the scoring output for Concordia. Freshman Susan Obermiller scored two goals and sophomores Vanessa Kowalski and Megan Rice added single goals in the Cobbers' eighth straight victory. The eight-game winning streak is the longest since the team won 10 straight in the 2005 season. CC also upped their overall record to 10-2-1 on the season. It marks the fifth straight season that Concordia has recorded at least 10 wins in the season.

Hamline (7-6-0/2-5-0 MIAC) entered the game entertaining thoughts of pulling off another MIAC upset. The Pipers had scored upset wins over St. Thomas and most recently nationally-ranked St. Ben's and was looking to add a third upset to their resume. Unfortunately the Cobbers' speed and ball control offense were too much for the Pipers to contend with and CC  seized control from the opening tap.

After several chances in the first 30 minutes of play, Concordia finally got on the scoreboard when Kowalski scored the game-winning goal by finishing off a goalmouth scramble at the 36:40 mark. Rice would add the back-breaker at 42:14 when she hammered home a one-time shot after midfielder Darcy Swagger hit the crossbar with a long-range shot. The goal, less than three minutes before the break, deflated Hamline's chances of staying close and gave the Cobbers a big boost heading into the second half.

Obermiller scored the first of her two goals in the game just 4:30 into the second half - a goal that completed the trio of scores in the decisive 13-minute period. Obermiller's tally at 49:30 was assisted by fellow freshman Abby Habein. Habein has pushed the CC offense into another gear since returning to the lineup following an injury three games ago.

The final goal of the game came at the 63:06 mark and featured Obermiller's second goal of the game off an assist from Kowalski. For Obermiller, it was her seventh goal of the season and her 17th point of her first collegiate season. Kowalski's asist ups her season point-total to 12. That is nine more than she had in all of her freshman season.

By the time the final whistle blew, Concordia had outshot Hamline 33-8 in total shots and 18-3 overall. The Cobbers also held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Cobbers split the goalkeeping duties between Britt Reiersgord and Ashley Liegakos. Reiersgord played the first 63:40 and made three saves, while Liegakos finished the final 26:20 and did not have to make a stop. Reiersgord earned the victory, improving her season mark to 9-2-1. She now has recorded 36 wins in her career and continues to add to her school record in that category. Piper goalie Katherine Gardner made 14 saves in the losing effort.

Concordia will turn around and play at UW-River Falls in a non-conference game on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.