2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
November 7, 2007

Picture of the Week: The Concordia women's soccer team hoists the trophy for winning the MIAC playoff championship. The Cobbers beat St. Ben's 2-0 to win their second consecutive conference tournament title and qualify for their second straight NCAA Tournament.


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 MIAC Player of the Week

Women's Soccer: Britt Reiersgord (Jr., GK, Edina, Minn.)


This Week's Cobber Picture Galleries

Women's Soccer: vs. St. Ben's - MIAC Final


November 7, 2007

Top Note
Women's Soccer
- The Concordia women’s soccer completed their second consecutive MIAC championship “double.” The Cobbers won the regular season and playoff titles for the second straight year. Concordia will also be appearing in their second consecutive NCAA Tournament when they play Carthage (Wis.) in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at UW-Eau Claire. The Cobbers enter the national playoffs with a 16-3-1 record. The 16 overall wins set a new school record for victories in a single season.

Note: The Cobber women's soccer NCAA Tournament games will be shown live via the UW-Eau Claire athletics website. Fans can watch all the exciting action live, and free of charge, by clicking on the link below.

- Concordia women's soccer NCAA Tournament live video


Football (7-3/5-3 MIAC - beat Gustavus 34-24)
- Concordia running back Cory Johnson (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) broke the school record for rushing yards in a career on Saturday in the team’s 34-24 win over Gustavus. Johnson ran for 66 yards against the Gusties and now has 2,424 for his career. He eclipsed the old mark of 2,393 set by Mike Jousma from 1991-93.

- Senior fullback Adam Swingdorf (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley HS) also set a school record against Gustavus. Swingdorf tacked on two more touchdowns and finished the season with 18 rushing TD’s and 19 overall scores. Both are new single-season records. Swingdorf led the MIAC in scoring and is currently ranked 12th in the nation in scoring.

- Concordia finished the 2007 season by winning three straight games and five of their last six. The Cobbers compiled an overall record of 7-3 and a 5-3 mark in conference play. It is the fifth time in the past six seasons Concordia has posted at least seven wins on the year. The Cobber offense finished 2007 by averaging 41.6 points per game, which is seventh best in all of NCAA Division III.


Volleyball (17-8/8-3 MIAC - T2nd Place - lost to St. Ben's 3-2 in MIAC Semifinals)

National Ranking - 21st in the latest AVCA Poll

- Concordia earned its fifth straight bid into the NCAA Tournament. It is the longest current streak of any team in the MIAC and tied for the third longest in the history of MIAC volleyball. The Cobbers will open play in the national playoffs against UW-Whitewater on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at St. Thomas.

- Senior Michelle Honek (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) was named to the MIAC All-Tournament Team. It follows her election to the MIAC All-Conference Team. Honek has now been named to four All-Tournament Teams in the season. Honek is the school’s all-time career dig leader. She now has 1,278 career digs.

- Head coach Tim Mosser, the 2006 AVCA Region Coach of the Year, has kicked the program into the national spotlight in the past five seasons by fashioning a record of 113-27, capturing three MIAC Tournament championships and landing five straight NCAA playoff berths. Mosser's 15-year record is 286-178.


Women’s Soccer (16-3-1/9-1-1 MIAC - 1st Place - beat St. Ben's 2-0 - MIAC Final)

- The Concordia women’s soccer completed their second consecutive MIAC championship “double.” The Cobbers won the regular season and playoff titles for the second straight year. Concordia will also be appearing in their second consecutive NCAA Tournament when they play Carthage (Wis.) in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at UW-Eau Claire. The Cobbers enter the national playoffs with a 16-3-1 record. The 16 overall wins set a new school record for victories in a single season.

- The Cobbers have a pair of freshmen offensive players from who are among the top eight in the conference in scoring. Susan Obermiller (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) and Sam Johnson (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) both have scored over 20 points on the year. Obermiller has 11 goals and five assists for 27 points and Olson has eight goals and nine assists for 25 points. Both point totals are more than the 20 points that two-time MIAC MVP Morgan Bain had in her freshman season.

- Concordia goalie Britt Reiersgord (Jr., Edina, Minn.) has nine shutouts on the year and has recorded 15 of the team's 16 wins. She led the MIAC in goals against average and tied for the conference lead in shutouts. She had shutouts in both the team’s conference playoff wins and has a 0.31 goals against average in her six conference playoff games that she has appeared.


Men’s Cross Country
- Concordia will compete at the NCAA Central Region Meet at St. Olaf on Saturday, Nov. 10 at noon.


Women’s Cross Country
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Concordia will compete at the NCAA Central Region Meet at St. Olaf on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. Freshman All-Conference runner Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) will be looking to become the first Cobber to qualify for the national meet since Natalie Hanson qualifed in 2005.


Men’s Hockey (1-1-0 - beat UW-Eau Claire 2-1/lost to UW-Stevens Point 4-2)
- The Cobbers beat UW-Eau Claire 2-1 in their season opener on Friday night. The win continued Concordia’s success in season-opening games. CC has won the last three season openers and is 7-3-1 in their last 11 first games of the year.

- Concordia finished their opening weekend of the year with a 1-1 record. The Cobbers beat Eau Claire 2-1 on Friday night and then gave up four goals in the first period on Saturday night and fell 4-2 to UW-Stevens Point. Last year CC lost to the Blugolds 9-0 and was crushed by the Pointers 8-2.

- Concordia senior defenseman Kirby Markowsky (Wakaw, Sask.) scored a goal in both games for the Cobbers. Last year Markowsky did not score a single goal in the 23 games he played.


Women’s Hockey (0-3-0 - lost to Adrian 5-0 & 5-4/lost to Buffalo State 3-1)
- Concordia dropped all three games in their season-opening trip out East. The Cobbers lost a two-game series to Adrian (Mich.) and then fell 3-1 to Buffalo State on Sunday.

- Of the five goals scored by the Cobbers on the weekend, three were by freshmen. Jen Bextermueller (St. Charles, Mo.) scores a pair of goals in the 5-4 loss to Adrian on Saturday and Kacey Franklin (Fergus Falls, Minn.) had the lone goal in CC’s 3-1 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.


Women’s Swimming and Diving

- Concordia opened its 2007-08 dual meet season by beating St. Mary’s 144-58 in Winona on Saturday. That is almost the identical score that the Cobbers beat the Cardinals by at the start of last year. In 2006, CC won 146-59. On Saturday, Concordia won all 10 events that were contested.

- The Cobbers posted five career-best times in the meet against St. Mary’s. The career-best times were registered by Katherine Allen (Jr., Grand Forks, N.D./Red River HS) in the 100-yard back portion of the 400-yard medley relay, Allison Harms (Fr., Bloomington, Minn./Minehaha Academy) in the 100-yard breaststroke, Devaney Buffalo (Fr., Hardin, Mont.) in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke and Whitney Walters (Albert Lea, Minn.) in the 100-yard butterfly.


This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Thursday, November 8, 2007
VB - vs. #8 UW-Whitewater at St. Thomas - NCAA Central Region 1st Round - 1 p.m.

Friday, November 9, 2007
VB - vs. TBA - NCAA Central Region 2nd Round - 4:30 p.m.

SW&D - at Northern State at Aberdeen, S.D. YMCA - 6 p.m.

MH - at home vs. Lake Forest - 7 p.m.

WH - at home vs. UW-Superior - 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2007
WR - at Bison Open at NDSU - 10 a.m.

WXC - at NCAA Central Regional at St. Olaf - 11 a.m.

MXC - at NCAA Central Regional at St. Olaf - Noon

WS - vs. Carthage (Wis.) at UW-Eau Claire - NCAA 1st Round - 1:30 p.m.

Watch Live | Live Stats

WH - at home vs. UW-Superior - 2 p.m.

VB - vs. TBA - NCAA Central Region Final - 7 p.m.
MH - at home vs. St. Norbert - 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 11, 2007
WS - vs. TBA at UW-Eau Claire - NCAA 2nd Round - 1 p.m.

Watch Live | Live Stats