2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
October 31, 2007

Picture of the Week: Concordia freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay , Minn.) finished eighth at the MIAC Championship Meet on Saturday to become the first Cobber women's freshman runner to place in the top ten at the conference meet in the past 20 years.

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 Cobber Coaches' Corner Interviews

- Football Coach Terry Horan (audio time 7:00)

- Volleyball Coach Tim Mosser (audio time 5:38)

This Week's Cobber Picture Galleries

Football: vs. Carleton

Men's Soccer: vs. St. John's

Women's Soccer: vs. St. Ben's | vs. Macalester - MIAC Semifinals

Volleyball: vs. Hamline - MIAC First Round

Women's Cross Country: MIAC Championship Meet

October 31, 2007

Top Note
Women's Cross Country
- Concordia freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) ran a 23:01.01 and finished in eighth place at the MIAC Championship Meet on Saturday. Her top ten finish earned her MIAC All-Conference honors. She becomes the first freshman from Concordia to place in the top ten at the MIAC Meet in the past 20 years.

Football (6-3/4-3 MIAC - beat Carleton 54-21)
- Concordia scored 50 or more points for the third straight game in the Cobbers’ 54-21 win over Carleton. It was also the fourth time in the past five games the Cobbers have scored more than 50 points marking the first time in school history they have achieved the feat. Concordia has now scored 382 points on the season and need 27 more to break the all-time school record of 408 set in 2004. CC scored 176 in all of 2006. Concordia is also two touchdowns away from breaking the program record for TD's in a single season. CC has scored 53 times this year and will look to eclipse the record of 54 set in 2004. Last year the Cobbers scored only 24TD's. Concordia is also on track to break the single-season record for rushing yards and for total offensive yards.

- Concordia running back Cory Johnson (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) ran for a game-high 116 rushing yards against Carleton and now has 813 for the season and 2,358 for his career. He needs 36 more yards to break the all-time mark of 2,393 set by Mike Jousma from 1991-93.

- Senior fullback Adam Swingdorf (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley HS) scored two more touchdowns on Saturday against Carleton. Swingdorf now has 17 TD’s in the team’s first nine games of the season. He also has 16 rushing touchdowns on the year. Both marks are tied for the school record for a single season. He needs one more TD or rushing score to break both records. He currently leads the MIAC in scoring and touchdowns scored and is ranked 13th in the nation in points per game (11.1).

Volleyball (17-7/8-3 MIAC - 3rd Place - lost to St. Ben's 3-0, beat Hamline 3-0 in MIAC First Round)

National Ranking - 20th in the latest AVCA Poll

- Concordia will be appearing in their seventh straight MIAC playoff berth since the conference went to its present postseason format. They are one of only three teams in the conference to qualify for all seven tournaments. The Cobbers have won three of the last four league playoff titles and are 6-1 in the MIAC playoffs during that stretch.

- Senior Michelle Honek (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) was named the MIAC Co-Hitter of the Week on Monday. It is the first time in her career that she has won the award. Honek leads the Cobbers in kills this season with 331. For her career she has 919 winners and is 10th on the school’s all-time kill list. Honek is sixth in the MIAC in kills per game this year.

- The Cobbers are 9-2 at home this year and 65-1 against MIAC opponents. In the past four seasons, Concordia has fashioned an impressive 23-3 record against conference foes at home.

Men’s Soccer (3-13-1/2-8 MIAC - beat Bethel 2-0, lost to St. John's 2-0)
- Concordia finished the season by winning two of their final four games at home. The Cobbers also ended the conference campaign with two wins, the most since the 2003 season.

- The Cobbers were led in scoring by freshman Marco Riboli (Bergamo, Italy). Riboli had a goal and an assist in Concordia’s 2-0 win over Bethel to give him four goals and three assists for 11 points on the season.

- Concordia junior goalie Mads Schmidt (Rodding, Denmark) posted his first shutout of the season in the team’s 2-0 win over Bethel. It was also Schmidt’s second shutout of his collegiate career.

Women’s Soccer (15-3-1/9-1-1 MIAC - 1st Place - beat Bethel 4-1, lost to St. Ben's 2-1, beat Macalester 2-0 - MIAC semifinals)

Regional Ranking - 8th in the latest NSCAA Central Region poll

- Concordia will be appearing in its fifth straight MIAC playoff tournament. The Cobbers are one of only two teams in the conference that have appeared in all five league playoffs since the MIAC went to a playoff format in 2003. CC is the defending league tournament champions and has appeared in the last three MIAC playoff title games.

- Concordia has outscored their opponents 25-2 in the first half this year. The Cobbers have not trailed at halftime in any game this season.

- Concordia currently starts five freshmen and one sophomore. Of the 46 goals scored by the Cobbers this season, 32 have come from either freshmen or sophomores. The team has recorded 35 assists on the year, 29 of those have come from the feet of freshmen or sophomores.

Women’s Cross Country - 7th at MIAC Championship Meet
Concordia freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) ran a 23:01.01 and finished in eighth place at the MIAC Championship Meet on Saturday. Her top ten finish earned her MIAC All-Conference honors. She becomes the first freshman from Concordia to place in the top ten at the MIAC Meet in the past 20 years.

- The biggest improvement at this year’s conference meet came from senior Maria Middleton (Northfield, Minn.). Middleton improved her season-best time by over a minute at the MIAC meet and finished in 16th place. Her final mark of 23:19.3 helped Concordia jump past Macalester and into seventh place – one spot ahead of their seeded finish.

Men’s Hockey
- Concordia opens the 2007-08 season by playing at UW-Eau Claire on Friday, Nov. 2 and then at UW-Stevens Point on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Cobbers are coming off a 7-18-0 season. CC is 6-3-1 in the past ten season openers, including a 1-1 mark against NCHA opponents on opening night.

- Of the 28 players on the Cobber opening-night roster, 11 are freshmen and six are sophomores. It is one of the youngest team in recent history.

Women’s Hockey
- The Cobbers open the 2007-08 season by playing at Adrian (Mich.) on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 and then playing at Buffalo State on Sunday, Nov. 4. Concordia went 9-11-2 last season and finished in sixth place in the MIAC standings with an 8-9-1 record. CC is 3-4-1 in season-opening games since obtaining full varsity status in the 1999-2000 season.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

- The Concordia women’s swimming and diving opened the 2007-08 season by competing at the UM-Morris Relays. The Cobbers came away with event wins in the 200-yard butterfly relay and the 400-yard individual medley relay. CC will compete in its first dual meet of the year when they take on St. Mary’s on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. in Winona.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Thursday, November 1, 2007
VB - at St. Ben's - MIAC Semifinals - 7 p.m.

Friday, November 2, 2007
WH - at Adrian (Mich.) - 7 p.m.

MH - at UW-Eau Claire - 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2007
FB - at Gustavus - 1 p.m.

WS - at home vs. St. Ben's - MIAC Championship - 1 p.m.

SW&D - at St. Mary's - 1 p.m.

WH - at Adrian (Mich.) - 2 p.m.

MH - at UW-Stevens Point - 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, November 4, 2007
WH - at Buffalo State - 2 p.m.