2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter



Welcome to the Cobber athletics newsletter. Each week we will post the top two or three news items from the in-season Concordia teams.

This Week's Cobber Athletics Calendar | MIAC Weekly Notebook


This Week's Coaches' Corner Entries: Terry Horan | Tim Mosser


September 26, 2006

Top Note
Women’s Soccer (4-2-1/2-0-1 MIAC)
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The Concordia women’s soccer team has not allowed a goal in the first half of play all season long. The Cobbers are 4-2-1 on the season and have yet to concede a goal during the first half in those seven games. They also have streak of 377:29 minutes giving up a goal in the first half of play - a streak that dates all the way back to the MIAC playoff title game last season.


Football (2-2/0-2 MIAC)
- Concordia junior Paul Shol (Fergus Falls, Minn.) returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown against St. John’s on Saturday. That is the second longest kickoff return in program history - behind only the 100-yard return by Darren Kessler against Augsburg in 1985. It was also the first time since 2003 that a Cobber player had returned a kickoff for a touchdown. The last time that happened was on Nov. 1, 2003 when Bobby Clark had an 85-yard kickoff return against St. Olaf. For his efforts in the game against the Johnnies, Shol was named the MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Shol currently leads the MIAC in kick returns.

- Cobber junior running back Cory Johnson (Moorhead, Minn.) also set a little piece of program history on Saturday. Johnson’s 88-yard touchdown run in the third quarter ties the school record for longest TD run from scrimmage. He tied Dean Haugo who went 88 yards for a score against Gustavus in 1993. For the game Johnson had a season-high 137 rushing yards. He is currently sixth in the MIAC in rushing in overall games.

- Senior co-captain Adam Swingdorf (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley HS) scored one of the three Cobber touchdowns on the day against St. John’s. Swingdorf has now scored a touchdown in all four of Concordia’s games this year and is tied for second in the MIAC in most touchdowns scored with six.


Volleyball (7-4/2-1 MIAC)
- Concordia had a pair of junior setters crack the 1,000-assist barrier earlier in the season. Both Alyssa Dahl (Willmar, Minn.) and Jill Hance (Hopkins, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s HS) reached the milestone in the past few weeks. Dahl leads the team in assists this season with 328 and now has 1,168 for her career. She is the ninth player in program history to post 1,000 career assists and currently sits in seventh place on the school’s all-time assist list. Hance has 93 assists this year and 1,043 for her career. She is 10th on the school’s all-time assist list.

- Concordia’s 3-1 loss to No.6-ranked St. Thomas snapped a 12-match, regular season conference winning streak that the Cobbers had put together. The defeat also stopped a 14-match overall unbeaten streak against MIAC opponents.

- Concordia is currently ranked 11th in the nation in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national poll. The Cobbers have now spent 38 consecutive weeks locked in the AVCA national rankings – the longest consecutive streak in conference history. The streak started in the middle of the 2004 season and lasted all of the 2005 and 2006 campaigns. Last year CC was never ranked outside the top ten and achieved a program record by being ranked third in the nation on Nov.7.


Men’s Soccer (1-7-1/0-3 MIAC)
- Concordia senior defender Chad Morlock (Moorhead, Minn.) leads the team in scoring this season. Morlock, who had not scored a goal in his first three seasons, has three goals in 2007 and a team-leading six points.

- The Cobbers have a 35-game conference losing streak that dates all the way back to the 2003 season and encompasses four different coaches. The last time Concordia beat an MIAC opponent was on Oct. 25 when the team beat St. Olaf 2-0.

- Sophomore goalie Kirby Johnson (Crookston, Minn.) is currently second in the MIAC in saves this season. Johnson, who started the year as a forward and was then placed in goal after an injury to captain Mads Schmidt (Rodding, Denmark, Skive HS), has 37 stops on the year and is averaging 6.17 saves per game.


Women’s Soccer (4-2-1/2-0-1 MIAC)
- The Concordia women’s soccer team has not allowed a goal in the first half of play all season long. The Cobbers are 4-2-1 on the season and have yet to concede a goal during the first half in those seven games. They also have streak of 377:29 minutes giving up a goal in the first half of play - a streak that dates all the way back to the MIAC playoff title game last season.

- Cobber goalie Britt Reiersgord (Edina, Minn.) made eight saves against Carleton on Sunday to help Concordia post a 2-0 victory. The shutout was Reiersgord’s second of the season and 21st of her career. She currently holds the program record for most shutouts in a career.

- Senior forward Rachel Lewis (Lakeville, Minn.) has scored a goal in each of Concordia’s past two games. She is second on the team in goals scored with three. The Cobbers have won all three games that Lewis has scored a goal.


Men’s Cross Country
- Concordia freshman Tom Sederquist (Moorhead, Minn.) finished 12th at the UND Invitational on Sept. 14. Sederquist ran a 26:43 which is the fastest time posted by a freshman in the past 20 years at Concordia. Sederquist led the Cobbers to a third-place finish at the meet.


Women’s Cross Country
- Cobber freshman womne’s cross country runner Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) posted a breakout performance at the UND Invitational on Sept. 14. Brenden ran a 19:05 and finished in third place in a meet that was predominantly teams from NCAA Division II. Brenden’s time is the fastest of the year for a Cobber. It also sparked CC to a second-place team finish. The Cobbers beat teams from UND, Bemidji State and St. Cloud State.


Men’s Golf
- Concordia senior golfer Drew Dvorak (Litchfield, Minn.) posted another top 15 finish this season by finishing in a tie for 12th place at the UW-Eau Claire Invitational. Dvorak shot a 151 (76-75) in the two-round competition. He continues to lead the MIAC in stroke average in 2007. After seven rounds of play, he is carding a 74.57 average.


Women’s Golf
- The Concordia women’s golf team posted one of their best results in the past several years by finishing in seventh place at the highly competitive DIII Midwest Classic this past weekend. The Cobbers finished with a final team score of 736 and were only two shots from recording a top five finish.         

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
WS - at St. Kate's - 4 p.m.

Friday, September 28, 2007
VB - at St. Olaf - 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 29, 2007
MCC - at Roy Griak Invitational - 9 a.m.
WCC - at Roy Griak Invitational - 9 a.m.
MG - at Twin Cities Classic - at Elk River CC - 11:30 a.m.

FB - at home vs. Augsburg - 1 p.m.
VB - at St. Mary's - 3 p.m.
MS - at home vs. St. Mary's 1 p.m.
WS - at home vs. St. Mary's 3 p.m.

Sunday, September 30, 2007
MG - at Twin Cities Classic - at the Links at Northfork - 12:30 p.m.
WG - at UND Invitational - at King's Walk GC

Monday, October 1, 2007
MG - at Twin Cities Classic - at Minnesota Valley CC - 10 a.m.
WG - at UND Invitational - at King's Walk GC