2007 Cobber Women's Soccer - Game Recaps
Susan Obermiller gets ready to slot home the game-winning goal against St. Ben's in the MIAC playoff title game. The Cobbers scored two goals four minutes apart to beat the Blazers 2-0. With the win, CC earns the automatic berth into the NCAA Tourney.

Twice Is Nice!!

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/03/07)-- Concordia scored a pair of goals four minutes apart at the start of the second half and went on to beat St. Ben's 2-0 to claim their second straight MIAC playoff championship. The win earns the Cobbers the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The victory is also the 16th of the year which breaks the school record of 15 set back in 2005. Concordia is now 16-3-1 on the year and will await word on where they will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The game started out like a typical playoff soccer contest with neither team wanting to make a mistake and give up a game-changing goal. With little possession in the middle of the field, both teams were content on playing the ball forward from their back line. After the first eight minutes of play, St. Ben's was able to create scoring chances off of Concordia turnovers and free kicks. Concordia countered by crossing the ball after playing the ball wide in the final third of the field.

At the break, St. Ben's (15-5-0) held a 7-4 edge in overall shots and a 4-2 margin in shots on goal.

The game changed in the first five minutes of the second half when the Cobbers returned to their high-pressure style of play and started to take the advantage in the midfield. CC got on the board after they awarded their third corner kick of the game. Electing to play the ball short, Rachel Lewis received the ball and then lofted a ball into the penalty area that found the foot of freshman Susan Obermiller. Obermiller put a perfect first touch on the ball and then slotted the ball past Blazer goalie Shannon Strohm at 51:35. It was her second goal of the playoffs and second in as many games.

Feeling the momentum in the game swing towards their side, the Cobbers continued to press the attack directly following the goal. They were rewarded for their efforts at the 55:51 mark when Obermiller threw the ball in to Sam Johnson who knocked the ball to the right side of the field where a wide-open Abby Habein settled the cross and then slammed the ball past a diving Strohm.

From that point on, Concordia was content on defending their two-goal lead, while the Blazers started to play with a sense of urgency and started to commit numbers forward. Their push to the offensive end almost paid off several times. The best chance of the game came at 73:15 when Rachel Loftus hit the post with a shot from in close. The ball caromed right to teammate Tina Lisk who shot the rebound directly into Cobber goalie Britt Reiersgord.

CC almost put the game away for good five minutes later when Lewis got behind the Blazer defense and hit a shot that beat Strohm but found the goalpost. The ball came right back to Lewis who then hit the post for a second time. This time the ball ricocheted out to Obermiller who had an open net but fired the ball into Strohm's stomach.

Concordia and Reiersgord were able to keep the Blazers off the board in the final 12 minutes of play. Reiersgord picked up four saves in the final 10 minutes, including one from just outside the six-yard box where she was able to get a hand on the shot and tip it off the crossbar.

St. Ben's ended up outshooting the Cobbers 22-12 in the game including 9-6 on goal. Reiersgord used her playoff experience to stop all nine CSB shots and pick up her second straight playoff shutout. She now has nine shutouts on the year and has recorded 15 of the team's 16 wins. Strohm made four saves in goal for the Blazers.