2007 Cobber Women's Soccer - Game Recaps
Cobber freshman Sam Johnson hits a shot on goal in the first half in Concordia's 2-1 loss to St. Ben's. The defeat snaps the Cobbers' 12-game winning streak and is the first loss in conference play this season.

Cobbers Hit Speed Bump!

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/27/07)-- Concordia ran into a speed bump on their way to the postseason as they gave up a pair of second-half goals against St. Ben's and lost 2-1 to the second-place Blazers.

The loss is the first in league play for the Cobbers and puts an end to the team's 12-game winning streak and 13-game unbeaten streak. Concordia, who clinched their second consecutive MIAC regular season title on Wednesday, drops to 9-1-1 in conference play and 14-3-1 overall. St. Ben's ups their record to 14-4-0 and 9-2-0 in the MIAC.

The first half was all Concordia as they put on a passing and possession clinic for the last 40 minutes in the period. The Cobbers controlled play in the middle and final thirds of play and rarely let CSB gain possession in the CC final third. It looked as if Concordia was going to pull out to one of their patented multiple-goal leads in the first half when freshman Susan Obermiller notched her ninth goal of the season at the 12:10 mark.

The Blazer defense was able to tighten for the rest of the half and Concordia was forced to go into the break holding onto a one-goal lead. In the first 45 minutes of play, CC held an 8-2 edge in overall shots and a 5-0 advantage in shots on goal.

The second half was a completely different story. Concordia got caught on their heels and content on watching St. Ben's win every ball in the middle of the field. The Blazers didn't have many quality scoring chances in the first 15 minutes of the second half but were able to keep the pressure on the CC defense throughout the play. The game changed completely in the 64th minute when CSB received the equalizer on a direct free kick from Jenny Birkhofer. For St. Ben's it was only the second game in the past six that the team had scored a goal.

Concordia was able to reel the game back in and started to once again attack the Blazer goal. The best chance came in the 68th minute when the team had back-to-back shots on goal.

St. Ben's received the game-winner on a nice individual effort from Annie Clintsman. Clintsman received a clearing attempt and was able to turn the Cobber defense and head toward the Concordia goal. She dribbled toward the net holding off a CC defender and took a touch that came a ways off of her foot. Cobber goalie Britt Reiersgord tried to gain control of the ball before Clintsman's next touch but Clintsman beat her to the ball and was able to control it 12 yards out from goal. She then slid the ball into the open net to give CSB the 2-1 lead at 81:55.

The only chance for Concordia in the final eight minutes came from a corner kick when freshman Brittany Mayer was able to get a head on the ball and direct it just wide of the post.

For the game, Concordia outshot St. Ben's 12-5 and had a 7-2 edge in shots on goal. Reiersgord was not credited with a save in the game, while CSB goalie Shannon Strohm made six saves.

The Cobbers will now host Macalester in the MIAC semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. St. Ben's will host Augsburg in the other conference semifinal game on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.