2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
October 29, 2008

Picture of the Week: Cobber senior forward Justin Foss (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) flies through the air after getting tripped on his way to goal in Concordia's 2-1 win over the University of Mary on Tuesday.


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October 29, 2008

Top Note
Men's Soccer

- Concordia senior forward Justin Foss (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) scored a pair of goals against the University of Mary on Tuesday in the Cobbers’ 2-1 win and has now scored 10 goals in the last six games. He has also scored two goals in four of those games. Foss now has 15 goals on the season which leads the MIAC. The 15 goals is also the second most in Cobber men's soccer history. Second only to former MIAC MVP Peter Curry who had 16 goals in 1994. Foss also has 28 points on the year which is third best in the MIAC.


Football (5-2/4-1 MIAC - beat Hamline 18-17)
- Cobber kicker Carl Hauser (Jr., Fergus Falls, Minn.) kicked the game- winning field goal with :12 to play in Concordia’s 18-17 win over Hamline on Saturday. For his efforts he was named the MIAC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week. He currently leads the MIAC in field goals in conference games and overall games. He is 4-for-5 in field goal attempts in conference play this season and 7-for-8 in all games. He is also third in the league in scoring by kickers. Hauser is averaging 4.4 points per game in the team's five MIAC games this season.

- Concordia senior quarterback Jesse Nelson (Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka HS) had a career game against Hamline on Saturday. Nelson went 27-for-40 for 281 passing yards. His 27 completions is the second most in school history in a single game. His 40 attempts also ranks in a tie for fifth place on the program's all-time list. The completions, attempts and passing yards are all career highs for Nelson.

- Concordia currently leads the MIAC in rushing defense (76.8 yds/game), opponent’s first downs (16/game) and red zone defense (36.4%). On Saturday the Cobber defense held Hamline to only 48 total offensive yards in the second half, including 22 passing yards. Concordia also limited HU to only six first downs in the final two quarters and allowed the Pipers a mere 2-of-6 on third down conversions.


Volleyball (19-3/7-2 MIAC - lost to Gustavus 3-2/beat Carleton 3-2)

National Ranking - 15th in the latest AVCA Poll
- Concordia senior middle hitter Abby Scheel (Fergus Falls, Minn./Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) had a career week last week in helping CC to a 2-1 record. Scheel hit an incredible .451 for the three matches and had had two matches where she had an attack percentage over .600. She also had double-digit kill totals in two of the three matches and combined for 10 blocks. Unbelievably she was not named the MIAC Hitter of the Week despite having an attack percentage that was .198 better than the recipient of the weekly award. Scheel also had more kills and more blocks than the player named by the MIAC coaches.

- Concordia secured their eighth straight MIAC playoff berth in their win over Carleton. The Cobbers are one of only three teams that have appeared in all eight conference tournaments since the league adopted the single elimination formula. CC has won the league playoffs in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

- Cobber senior setter Jill Hance (Hopkins, Benilde-St. Margaret’s HS) had a career-high 46 assists in the team’s 3-2 win over Carleton on Saturday. Hance has 378 assists on the year and 1,773 for her career. She currently leads the MIAC in service aces per set in all matches.


Men's Soccer (9-8-0/3-6-0 MIAC - beat Bethel 2-1/beat Univ. of Mary 2-1)
- Concordia senior forward Justin Foss (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) scored a pair of goals against the University of Mary on Tuesday in the Cobbers’ 2-1 win and has now scored 10 goals in the last six games. He has also scored two goals in four of those games. Foss now has 15 goals on the season which leads the MIAC. The 15 goals is also the second most in Cobber men's soccer history. Second only to former MIAC MVP Peter Curry who had 16 goals in 1994. Foss also has 28 points on the year which is third best in the MIAC.

- Concordia is 9-8-0 on the season marking the latest the team has been at the .500 mark since the 2001 season. The nine wins is also the most since the 2001 campaign as well.

- Cobber sophomore Marco Riboli (Bergamo, Italy) still leads the MIAC in assists. Riboli has seven assists in conference play and 11 overall assists. His 11 assists is third best in school history.


Women's Soccer (11-3-3/5-2-2 MIAC - beat Bethel 2-1)
- Concordia needs to post a win or a tie in their final MIAC regular season game against St. Ben’s to earn their sixth straight conference tournament appearance. The Cobbers are the only team in the league to appear in all five MIAC tournaments.

- Cobber sophomore defender Mikenna Maroney (Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS) scored her first collegiate goal in Concordia’s 2-1 win over Bethel on Saturday. Maroney’s goal was the game-winner and came with just 1:06 left in the second half.

- Concordia midfielder Abby Habein (Billings, Mont./Billings Senior HS) had a goal and an assist in the win over Bethel. She now has now recorded at least three points in three of the last four games. She also has 15 points on the year which is second-best on the team.


Men's Cross Country  (MIAC Meet Preview)

- Concordia will compete in the MIAC Championship Meet on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul. The Cobbers will be looking to improve on their 11th place finish in 2007.

- Cobber sophomore Tom Sederquist (Moorhead, Minn.) enters the conference championship meet after winning three straight individual championships.

- Concordia is coming off their first multi-meet championship in over 15 years. The Cobbers captured the team title at the Crown College Invite on Oct. 18.


Women's Cross Country   (MIAC Meet Preview)
- The Cobbers enter Saturday’s MIAC Championship Meet seeded to finish anywhere from fifth to ninth place. Last year Concordia finished seventh at the conference meet.

- Cobber sophomore Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) will be the top CC runner at the MIAC Meet on Saturday at the Como Park Golf Course. Brenden won the Crown College Invite and has posted top four finishes in five of the six races this season and has also posted top two finishes in three of the last four meets she has raced.


Men's Golf  (finished 7th at the MIAC Championship Meet)


Women's Golf (finished 6th at the MIAC Championship Meet)


Men's Hockey (2008 Season Preview)

- Concordia will start the 2008-09 season when they host UW-Stevens Point on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. The Cobbers will then complete the weekend by hosting UW-Eau Claire on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Both games will be held at the Moorhead Sports Center. The game on Friday will feature a Halloween theme as any fan attending in costume will receive free admission and there will be a costume contest in between periods. On Saturday the Cobbers will honor Bob Bain who was one of the pioneers of Concordia hockey.

- The Cobbers have 14 new players on their roster to start the season. Of the 14, 12 are freshmen and the other two are sophomores. Of the 14 newcomers, nine have played junior hockey.

- Concordia head coach Chris Howe will be making his collegiate coaching debut on Friday. Howe took over for Steve Baumgartner in the spring after being the top assistant at St. John’s where he was on the staff for five years.


Women's Hockey (2008 Season Preview)

- Concordia will open the 2008-09 season when they play at UW-Superior on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. The Cobbers and Yellowjackets will complete their two-game series on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.

- The Cobbers are entering the 2008-09 season after making the MIAC playoffs in 2007-08. Concordia returns 12 players off of the team that had a double-digit win total and won four of their last seven games of the year.

- The top Cobber newcomer in 2008-09 is sophomore forward Emily Sell (Williston, N.D.). Sell transferred to Concordia from the University of North Dakota where she played in 34 games as a freshman. She was the Miss Hockey award winner in the state of North Dakota in 2006-07 and is the all-time leading scorer in the state.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
VB - at Bethel - 7 p.m.

Friday, October 31, 2008
MH - at home vs. UW-Stevens Point - 7 p.m. | Live Stats

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

Saturday, November 1, 2008
FB - at home vs. St. Olaf - 1 p.m. | Live Audio | Live Stats

WS - at St. Ben's -  Noon

SW & D - at UM-Morris Relays -  1 p.m.

MCC - at MIAC Championships - 2 p.m. | Live Webcast

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

MS - at St. John's - 2:30 p.m.

WCC - at MIAC Championships - 3 p.m. | Live Webcast

VB - at home vs St. Ben's - 3 p.m. | Live Video | Live Stats

MH - at home vs. UW-Stevens Point - 7 p.m. | Live Stats