2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
September 25, 2008

Picture of the Week: Concordia quarterback Jesse Nelson appears to score a touchdown in the second quarter of the Cobbers ' 9-6 upset win over No.4-ranked St. John's on Saturday. Nelson was ruled to have not crossed the plane of the goal line before hitting the ground and the ball was spotted at the 1-inch line.


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Volleyball: vs. St. Thomas

Women's Soccer: vs. Carleton | vs. St. Kate's


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September 25, 2008

Top Note
Men's Cross Country

- Concordia sophomore Tom Sederquist (Moorhead, Minn.) won his first collegiate individual title on Friday at the Ron Pynn Invite hosted by the University of North Dakota. Sederquist ran a 25:56 and beat out runners from NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II schools. He becomes the first Cobber runner to win an individual title at a multiple-team event since 1991.


Football (2-1/1-0 MIAC - beat St. John's)
- The Concordia football team No.4-ranked St. John’s 9-6 in Collegeville on Saturday. The six points allowed by the Cobbers against the Johnnies is the fewest points given up to an SJU team by a Concordia team since the 1980 season. It is also the least amount of points scored by a St. John’s team in a conference game since 1990.

- The Cobber defense had four sacks against St. John’s on Saturday. Concordia currently leads the MIAC in sacks. CC has eight sacks in their first three games and has three of their four defensive linemen in the top seven of the MIAC in that statistical category.

- Junior punter David Williamson (Deer Lodge, Mont./Powell County) had the game of his career against St. John’s on Saturday. Williamson punted 10 times and averaged 37.0 yards per punt. He routinely pinned the Johnnies deep in their own territory and came up with a huge punt late in the fourth quarter that rolled out of bounds at the SJU 8-yard-line. Despite being one of the main reasons Concordia upset the No.4-ranked Johnnies, Williamson surprisingly was not named one of the two Co-MIAC Special Teams Players of the Week.


Volleyball (8-2/1-1 MIAC - beat St. Kate's 3-2/lost to #7 St. Thomas 3-0)

National Ranking - 14th in the latest AVCA Poll
- The Concordia volleyball team is off to a 8-1 start on the season. That marks the fourth time in the past five seasons that Concordia has started the year by winning eight of their first nine matches.

- Concordia senior Jill Hance (Hopkins, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s HS) currently leads the MIAC in service aces. Hance is averaging 0.92 service winners per set and set a school record with 16 service aces in the team’s season opener against UW-Stevens Point.


Men's Soccer (3-5-0/0-3-0 MIAC - lost to Carleton 1-2)
- Concordia is currently third in the MIAC in shots per game. The Cobbers are averaging 14.12 shots per game in their first eight games of the year. The high-water mark came against Jamestown where they had 31 shots in the game. CC also had a 27-shot effort against the University of Mary.

- Cobber freshman Riley McGlynn (Hampstead, N.C./Bozeman (Mont.) HS) is currently tied for second in the conference in shots per game. McGlynn is averaging 3.12 shots per game and had a career-high eight against the University of Mary on Aug. 31.

- Freshman midfielder Philip Bruckbauer (Fargo, N.D./Shanley HS) is tied for the lead in the MIAC in assists. Bruckbauer has four assists in the team’s first eight games.


Women's Soccer (6-0-3/2-0-2 MIAC - beat Careton 2-0/beat St. Kate's 1-0 )
- Cobber sophomore forward Sam Johnson (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) has scored two goals in each of Concordia’s past two games. She netted two goals against regional foe St. Scholastica in the team’s 2-0 win on Tuesday and then repeated the feat on Saturday by scoring both of the goals in CC’s 2-0 win over Carleton.

- Concordia is unbeaten in their first eight games of the season. The Cobbers are 5-0-3 which is the longest unbeaten streak to start a season in program history.

- The Cobbers lead the MIAC in fewest goals allowed. CC has only allowed three goals in their first eight games and have not given up more than one goal in any of their first eight contests.


Men's Cross Country  (finished 4th at the Ron Pynn Invite)
- Concordia sophomore Tom Sederquist (Moorhead, Minn.) won his first collegiate individual title on Friday at the Ron Pynn Invite hosted by the University of North Dakota. Sederquist ran a 25:56 and beat out runners from NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II schools.

- Sederquist’s win marks the first time since the 1991 season that a Cobber runner has won an individual title at a multiple-team event. His winning time is also the fastest run by a CC harrier since 2004 when Nick Myran ran a 25:29 at the NCAA Central Region Championship to qualify for nationals.

- As a team, Concordia finished fourth at the Ron Pynn Invite. The Cobbers had three runners place in the top 20 at the meet.


Women's Cross Country   (finished 5th at the Ron Pynn Invite)
- Cobber sophomore Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) finished second at the Ron Pynn Invite hosted by UND on Friday. Brenden ran a 19:06 and posted her third straight top four finish of the season.

- The only other CC runner to finish in the top 20 at the Ron Pynn Invite was senior Brittney Christianson (Glenburn, N.D.) who posted a time of 20:12 and claimed 17th place. The Cobbers also had three runners finish from 22 through 27 as they completed their third meet of the season.


Men's Golf  (finished 8th at the Erv Kaiser Invite)
- The Cobbers placed eighth at the Erv Kaiser Invite hosted by NDSU this past weekend. The tournament was comprised of NCAA Division I and II teams.

- Concordia sophomore Zach Kappes (Moorhead, Minn.) led the team at the Erv Kaiser Invite. He fired a three-round total of 229 (73-76-80) and finished in a tie for 14th place.

- Kappes leads the Cobbers this season with a 76.0 average over his eight rounds.


Women's Golf (finished 12th at the Mustang Invite)
- Concordia finished in 12th place at the Mustang Invite hosted by Southwest Minnesota State over the weekend.

- Cobber senior Afton Pender (Cohasset, Minn./Grand Rapids HS) was the top finishing Cobber player at the Mustang Invite. She shot identical rounds of 80 for a tw0-round total of 160 and finished in a tie for 14th place.

- Pender currently leads the Cobbers in scoring average. Through her first eight rounds of play she has an 80.9 average and has finished in the top 20 in four of the five events she has played.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Saturday, September 27, 2008
WXC - at Roy Griak Invite at U of M - 9 a.m.

MG - at Twin Cities Classic at Elk River CC - 11:30 a.m.

FB - at home vs. Bethel - 1 p.m.
MS - at St. Mary's - 2 p.m.

VB - at Macalester - 3 p.m.

WS - at St. Mary's - 4 p.m.
WG - at MSUM/NDSU Invite - TBA

Sunday, September 28, 2008
MG - at Twin Cities Classic at The Links at Northfork - 12:30 p.m.

WG - at MSUM/NDSU Invite - TBA

Monday, September 29, 2008
MG - at Twin Cities Classic at Minnesota Valley GC - 10 a.m.