Cobber junior Abby Habein tries to win a head ball by the CC goal during Concordia's loss in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Saturday.
|Dream Season Ends|
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (11/21/09)-- Concordia ran into an immovable object in their NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game on Saturday and watched as their perfect season came to an end. The Cobbers gave up three goals in the first half against Lynchburg (Va.) and lost 4-0 at Trinity University in San Antonio, Tex. The loss is the first of the season for Concordia and ends their season with an 18-1-2 record - the most wins in program history.
Lynchburg (17-3-3) took control of the game in the first 15 minutes of the game. The Hornets were able to use their speed in the midfield to win the ball around the midline and make entry passes to their forwards. Lynchburg had three shots and two corners in the first 16 minutes of play. They were able to break through on the board in the 24th minute. Betsy Kwiatkowski took possession of the ball at the back of the Cobber defense and sent a diagonal ball through the left side. Her pass found Ashley Hoath who slotted the ball into the far side of the goal.
Katie Santos then scored the first of her two goals on the night. She scored at 36:56 to make the score 2-0. She then finished off the scoring in the first half when she won possession of the ball 35 yards out from goal. She then took a couple of dribbles and hammered a low shot that picked up speed as it skipped on the ground and careened into the right side of the net. Her strike with less than two minutes to play in the opening period sealed the fate of the Cobbers.
The Hornets added a fourth goal in the 66th minute. Kwiatkowski was once again able to break free in the Cobbers' defensive third and carved her way free to slot the ball home on a breakaway.
Concordia had several chances throughout the game but each time they were unable to find the range and get a quality strike on goal. For the game Lynchburg outshot the Cobbers 19-9 overall and 11-3 in shots on goal. Concordia goalie Ali Nelson made seven saves in the game and Hornet goalie Anna Wright stopped all three shots to pick up the shutout.