2008 Cobber Women's Soccer - Game Recaps
Concordia sophomore midfielder Abby Habein goes for a loose ball during the Cobbers' 3-2 win over Hamline on Saturday.

Houdini-Like Cobbers Escape From Pipers!


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Gameday Game Recap

MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/11/08)-- After 30 minutes on a rain-soaked field Concordia's playoff hopes and season appeared to be in extreme jeopardy. The Cobbers were down 2-0 at home against Hamline and had lost their top scorer Sam Johnson to a shoulder injury. CC then pulled off their best Harry Houdini impersonation as they score three unanswered goals and escaped with a 3-2 win over the Pipers.

The win keeps Concordia in the thick of the conference playoff race. The Cobbers are now 5-2-2 in the league and 9-2-3 overall. Hamline falls to 5-8-0 in all games and 1-7-0 in the MIAC.

The game started ominously for the Cobbers as Hamline scored on their very first shot of the game. The goal at 3:37 was Mallory Koula's first of two on the day and her 12th overall for the season. Koula would stake the Pipers to a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead less than 15 minutes later when she broke behind the CC defense and knocked home her league-leading 13th goal of the year.

The straight jacket got even tighter for Concordia when team leading scorer Sam Johnson had to leave the game with medical personnel after hurting her shoulder in the 30th minute of the first half. After a 20-minute delay to tend to Johnson's injury, CC responded by taking the play at the Hamline defense. Sophomore Susan Obermiller stepped up her game in the absence of Johnson and started to get chances at the Piper net.

Perhaps the turning point of the game came with less than a minute to play in the first half. That is when sophomore midfielder Abby Habein found herself alone in front of the HU net after taking a pass from Obermiller. Habein deftly slid the ball past Piper goalie Katherine Gardner and CC had cut the lead to 2-1 with :58  to play before the break.

Concordia carried that momentum into the second half scoring two picture perfect goals 10 minutes apart at the start of the period. Obermiller netted the first of her two as Habein returned the favor by setting up the game-tying goal. Defender Kelsey Swagger was also credited with an assist on the goal at 52:03. CC then took the lead for good when Megan Rice scored her first goal of the season at 62:21. Rice had just stepped onto the field as a substitute at the 62:00 mark. She received a pass from Obermiller and on her very first touch of the second half produced the game-winning goal.

The Concordia defense tightened up after the first 20 minutes of play and did not allow another shot on goal in the game. Cobber senior Becky Shepherd replaced starting goalie Britt Reiersgord after the second goal and played the final 70:20 to earn her first collegiate victory.

For the game Concordia outshot 18-4 in overall shots and 9-2 in shots on goal.

The Cobbers will have time to rest as they will play a pair of non-conference games before returning to conference action later in the month. CC will play at Jamestown on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.