2008 Cobber Women's Soccer - Game Recaps
Concordia goalie Britt Reiersgord punches out a crossing attempt off of a corner kick during the Cobbers' 1-0 win at Macalester on Tuesday. The win keeps CC in the thick of the playoff chase. (Photo courtesy of Brad Kowalski)
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Gameday Game Recap

ST. PAUL, Minn. (10/07/08)-- Concordia pulled off the biggest win of the season and one of the most history-making feats in recent history as they edged Macalester 1-0 in St. Paul on Tuesday. The win keeps the Cobbers in the chase for their sixth straight MIAC playoff appearance. History was made because the loss for the Scots is the first defeat at home against a conference opponent in 83 games - a streak that dates all the way back to the 1993 season.

Cobber junior Vanessa Kowalski scored the only goal of the game in the first half. The game-winning score came after a corner kick. A Cobber attacker knocked the ball back towards the goal after it was cleared away from the Macalester goalmouth. The ball then caromed off of Kowalski and into the Scot goal. The tally at 22:27 proved to be the eventual game winner and was Kowalski's first goal of the season.

The goal came five minutes after Concordia started to take the play to the Macalester defense. The Scots handled the Cobbers for the first 15 minutes of the game and even hit the crossbar at the 8:02 mark but the CC defense was able to survive the early scare and start to hold their own. The turning point in the half came when the Cobber midfield started to control the play and began to deliver balls into the back of the Macalester defense. Concordia was able to gain their first corner of the game and Kowalski would make the Scots pay as she was in the right spot at the right time to earn the fourth goal of her career.

From that point until the end of the first half, Concordia was able to hold Macalester out of their own end by applying pressure to the Scot attackers in the middle third of the field and taking advantage of a renewed presence in the CC midfield. In the final 22 minutes of the half, the Cobbers were able to come away with three more shots and would up only being outshot 8-5 in the opening 45 minutes.

The second half was a cat-and-mouse affair with Macalester trying to break through the CC defense on the wings and Concordia just trying to knock the ball out of their own half and into the Scot defensive third. The best chance of the entire second 45 minutes came when Sam Johnson took control of the ball on the left wing and beat her defender around the corner. Her centering pass on the ground found a wide open Susan Obermiller only eight yards out from goal. Unfortunately Obermiller's shot banged off the crossbar and was cleared out of danger. The sequence at the 85:46 mark would have put Concordia in front 2-0 and given them a comfortable margin in the final four minutes of play.

The last quality chance for Macalester came around the 1:00 mark when the Scots had a free kick 30 yards out from the CC goal on the right side of the field. The Macalester crossing attempt was cleared out of the zone by the CC defense which had held firm on the 18-yard line.

The shutout is the seventh of the year for Concordia. The Scots ended up outshooting the Cobbers 10-7 in overall shots for the game but both teams had three shots on goal. CC goalie Britt Reiersgord made three saves but had several quality clearing punches off of corner kick attempts. The shutout is Reiersgord's 35th of her career as she continues to add to her school record. Macalester goalie Jenny Lee, who was named the MIAC Player of the Week earlier in the day, stopped two shots in the losing effort.

Concordia will return home to host their final regular-season home game of the year. The Cobbers will play Hamline on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. as part of the annual Homecoming celebration.