2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
October 17, 2007

Picture of the Week: Concordia senior forward Rachel Lewis (Lakeville, Minn.) tries to win a head ball against Macalester. The Cobbers beat the Scots for the first time since 2003 and have won nine straight to take the lead in the MIAC standings.

Welcome to the Cobber athletics newsletter. Each week we will post the 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

This Week's Cobber MIAC Players of the Week: Jesse Nelson - Football

This Week's Cobber Picture Galleries

Women's Soccer: vs. Macalester

Men's Cross Country: Drews-Neubauer Invite

Women's Cross Country: Drews-Neubauer Invite

October 17, 2007

Top Note
Women's Soccer
- Concordia has won nine straight games and is in sole possession of first place in the MIAC. The Cobbers’ nine-game winning streak is the second longest in program history, one shy of the mark of ten set in 2005. CC is now 11-2-1 on the season and has recorded their fifth straight ten-win season.

Football (4-3/2-3 MIAC - lost to St. Olaf 52-51)
- Concordia junior quarterback Jesse Nelson (Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka HS) had his most productive offensive day in maroon and gold in the Cobbers’ 52-51 loss at No.17-ranked St. Olaf on Saturday. Nelson ran for two touchdowns and threw three TD passes. He also rushed 23 times for 104 yards and completed 18-of-26 passes for 225 passing yards. His 329 total offensive yards in the game is a career high for Nelson.

- Senior fullback Adam Swingdorf (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley HS) scored two more touchdowns on Saturday against the Oles. Swingdorf now has 13 TD’s in the team’s first seven games of the season. He currently leads the MIAC in scoring and touchdowns scored and is currently ranked 13th in the nation in points per game (11.1).

- After struggling to points on the board in 2006, Concordia has reversed that trend by posting at least 40 points in four of the seven games in 2007. The team is averaging a robust 40.4 points per game and has not been held under 21 points this year. Last season the Cobbers averaged 17.6 points per game and scored over 21 points in three of their 10 games.

Volleyball (14-5/6-1 MIAC - beat Hamline 3-0)

National Ranking - 17th in the latest AVCA Poll

- Concordia swept Hamline 3-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 10 marking the fifth straight conference victory for the Cobbers. CC is now 6-1 in league play. Of those six wins, five have been three-game sweeps. Concordia has now posted an impressive 17-1 MIAC record in the past two seasons and has recorded nine, three-game sweeps.

- Cobber freshman Valerie Glynn (Fullerton, N.D./Ellendale) has recorded five blocks in each of the past four matches. She is currently ranked second in the MIAC in blocks per game (1.48). Glynn is second on the team in blocks this season. She has 84 total blocks and is one behind junior Abby Scheel (Fergus Falls, Minn./Hillcrest Lutheran Academy). The two combined have 169 blocks which is the most by any pair of middle players on a single team in the conference this season.

- Junior defensive specialist Anna Tinkham (Fisher, Minn.) is ranked 29th in the nation in digs per game this season. Tinkham leads the Cobbers with 410 digs this season. That total is more than double her dig production in her first two seasons.

Men’s Soccer (2-10-1/1-5 MIAC - lost to Macalester 1-0; lost to Hamline 2-1)
- Concordia lost 2-1 to Hamline on Saturday marking the fourth time this season they have lost by a single goal in conference play. That is more than the past two seasons combined. In 2005 and 2006 the Cobbers lost 19 MIAC games and of those 19 only three were by a single goal.

- Three players lead the Cobbers in goals with three. Chad Morlock (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.), Justin Foss (Jr., Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) and Marco Riboli (Fr., Bergamo, Italy) have all tallied three goals. Foss has scored a goal in two of the team’s last three games.

Women’s Soccer (11-2-1/7-0-1 MIAC - beat Macalester 2-1; beat Hamline 4-0; beat UW-River Falls 1-0 OT)

Regional Ranking - 6th in the latest NSCAA Central Region poll

- Concordia has won nine straight games and is in sole possession of first place in the MIAC. The Cobbers’ nine-game winning streak is the second longest in program history, one shy of the mark of ten set in 2005. CC is now 11-2-1 on the season and has recorded their fifth straight ten-win season.

- Senior forward Rachel Lewis (Lakeville, Minn.) currently leads the MIAC in game-winning goals and is tied for the conference lead in goals scored in conference games. Of Lewis’ eight MIAC goals this year, four have been of the game-winning variety. She has scored at least one goal in six of the last seven league games.

- Cobber junior goalie Britt Reiersgord (Edina, Minn.) recorded her sixth shutout and 10th overall win in Concordia’s 1-0 overtime win at UW-River Falls on Sunday. Reiersgord now has 25 shutouts and 37 wins in her career – both are school records. Reiersgord currently leads the MIAC in goals against average (0.40) and ranks in the top 20 in the nation in both goals against average and save percentage.

Men’s Cross Country   (finished 23rd at the Drews-Neubauer Invite)
- Concordia freshman Tom Sederquist (Moorhead, Minn.) continues to be the one-man highlight reel for the team this season. Sederquist has led the team in all five meets this season. He once again accomplished that feat at the Drews-Neubauer Invite on Saturday when he ran a 27:39 and finished in 92nd place.

Women’s Cross Country (finished 18th at the Drews-Neubauer Invite)
- Cobber freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) had another outstanding meet in her first collegiate season. Brenden finished 26th out of 455 runners at the prestigious Drews-Neubauer Invite hosted by UW-La Crosse. Brenden ran a 23:13 and has now led the Cobbers in four of the team’s five meets this season.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Friday, October 19, 2007
VB - at home vs. Gustavus - 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2007
WS - at home vs. St. Olaf - 11 a.m.

FB - at St. Thomas - 1 p.m.
MS - at home vs. St. Olaf - 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 21, 2007
MS - at UW-Whitewater - 3 p.m.

Monday, October 22, 2007
WS - at UW-Whitewater - 2 p.m.