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Sept. 24, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Inspired play leads to Family Weekend upset of Bethel
The Concordia football team turned last weekend's family focus into an all-out MIAC sibling rivalry in their conference opening victory over Bethel last Saturday.
"We wanted to come out and play real physically," said senior fullback Nate Reiff. "That was one of our main goals."
The underdog Cobbers (1-1, 1-0) played well defensively and used a solid rushing game to beat the Royals 17-15.
"Everything pointed to them being the preseason conference favorite," said head coach Jim Christopherson. "We really believed we could beat Bethel."
Bethel (1-1, 0-1) came into the game with 18 of 22 returning starters and a strong offensive game.
"We knew it was going to be tough," said sophomore free safety Travis Olson. "We had to come out and play with a little heart and emotion." Olson added that they tried a different defensive scheme to counteract Bethel's strong quarterback and receivers, something they had tried before but didn't work with other teams.
"It worked really well against Bethel," Olson said.
Christopherson added that one of the key determinates of the game was the play of the Cobber defense.
"We had a superb effort by the defense," he said. "Bethel scored 59 points the week before, and we held them to only 15."
The Cobbers were the first to score in the middle of the second quarter on a 25-yard field goal by senior Clayton Horgen to complete a 16 play, 72-yard drive. Bethel came back with a touchdown three minutes later to give Bethel the lead at 7-3. Concordia's sophomore fullback Jon Doebler responded with a two-yard touchdown run to give the Cobbers a 10-7 lead at the half.
"I expected them to be a little tougher than they were," Doebler said. "Offensively we kept the ball on the field which gave the defense a break and it kept their offense from scoring."
The Cobbers also dominated the second half with another Doebler touchdown run to make it 17-7. Bethel responded with a touchdown and two-point conversion to make it 17-15, but did not cross midfield the rest of the game.
Defensive end Mark Hankel came up with two sacks at the end of the game to seal the victory for the Cobbers.
"This win was a huge boost for everybody," Olson said. "It picked us up emotionally."
"After the Moorhead State loss, we didn't lose confidence," he said. "The win really pumps a lot of enthusiasm into our program." The win was especially meaningful to the players whose families were able to make it to the game.
"It was special that all of our families were there," Olson said. Christopherson cited juniors Joel Ferrie and Jason Braaten with superb efforts. Ferrie had 13 carries for 88 yards while Braaten added 12 carries for 65 yards. Christopherson also noted the play of Reiff who stepped up into a starting position and carried 22 times for 84 yards. "Running the option really help us open up the inside for Reiff," Christopherson said. "He had a real good game."
Horgen also played well with a field goal, 43-yard punt average and two extra points.
The Cobbers will be playing away the next two weeks, something that Christopherson said will be an interesting test.
"I think these next two games will determine how good we are," he said.
"We had a real focus on intensity with Bethel and we hope to keep that."
The Cobbers will be playing at Carleton (1-1, 0-1) tomorrow. Kickoff is
set for 1 p.m.
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Fatigue subdues volleyball in tourney
It was a tough weekend for the Concordia Volleyball team at the St. Ben’s Tournament. The Cobbers rose above Simpson College, but fell to the University of Wisconsin-Plattville, Wittenburg College, and the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. These matches dropped the Cobber's record to 2-6 overall.
"It was a good learning experience for us," senior team captian Anne Larson said. "It wasn't that we couldn't win, just the little mistakes made it so we didn't."
The team also suffered a loss worse than just games, the tournament also resulted in the loss of a team member to injury. Jessica Cousins, a 5 foot 10 Junior from Marshall, Minn found that she could no longer play volleyball due to a persisting back injury. After sitting out of two-thirds of last year's season, Cousins hoped that the injury would not trouble her any longer. However, following the tournament, Jessica's doctor advised her to quit volleyball to avoid further injury. Cousins says that she will miss volleyball, but will always feel like a part of the team.
"I love volleyball," Cousins said. "I know I will always have the team as friends and I will come to all their home games to cheer them on." The Cobbers opened the tournament with a win over Simpson College in five games. Concordia pulled out the first game by a score of 15-7. The Concordia netters fell in the next two games before pulling themselves to victory in the last two games with scores of 15-8 and 15-9. Larson led the Cobbers with 21 kills for the match.
In the second game against University of Wisconsin-Plattville, the Cobbers fell in three straight matches. Concordia felt the fatigue of the day and only accomplished 20 kills and 13 digs, but highlighted five ace blocks.
"We didn't pass or serve really well," Larson said. "We will be working on passing and intensity."
The next day the Cobbers challenged themselves against Wittenburg College. After losing the first two games, the Cobbers showed their spirit and came back into the match winning 16-14. Concordia lost the momentum from the win and fell in the next match to lose the game in four matches. The Cobbers exhibited impressive statistics with 50 kills and 42 assists in addition to 22 blocks.
Fatigue slowed the Cobbers down in their last match of the tournament, as they fell in three matches to the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. The team looks to better their record as they participate in the Rocky Mountains tournament this weekend, and in a conference match up at Macalester College on Wednesday.
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Men's Soccer |
Men's soccer splits two games in Cobber Classic
After losing a tough fought game in overtime Saturday to Nebraska Weslyan the Cobbers came out Sunday looking to put the loss behind them. "We knew we could win," Senior Eric Singer said. "We were dominating the game and knew we could get the goals. We were knocking the ball around. They weren't challenging us much."
Concordia (2-3-1) overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit to win 4-2 over St. Scholastica.
"Its good because we are going to take people by surprise," said Jim Cella, who is in his eighth season as head coach. "They are going to look at our 2-3-1 record and think that we are mediocre, and that's exactly what we want them to think because they will step out onto the field and then look at us and go there's something wrong with this picture."
While the team wishes its record could be better the team has been plagued with injuries throughout the early season.
"So many guys have missed as a result of injury,” Singer said. “But a lot of the younger kids are playing well stepping up into big shoes and filling them nicely. I think injuries early in season creates more depth and the younger players can step up and play."
Cella said that the defense looked good in the second half shutting down St. Scholastica’s offense and not letting St. Scholastica get closer than about 30 yards from the teams goal.
"We have a lot of team unity [ and a] much nicer style of play," Singer said. "We are going to go places this year. We control the ball this year. We don't just boot it up field, instead we wait for our opportunities, then we strike."
The team has a lot of youth to draw from with 13 freshman and five sophomores on the roster.
"Freshman and sophomores bring passion for the game," Cella said. "A lot of times juniors and seniors kind of lose that because they are looking at their careers and they are getting out of school. Freshman and sophomores just want to play soccer, and they love to play the game which helps bring back enthusiasm to the juniors and seniors." The eight seniors on the roster try to help the freshman with their knowledge of the game as they get their footing playing college soccer. "I think the seniors are the best," freshman Eric Dunn said. "They are real friendly and don't look down at you. They were helpful when at first I was real aloof. The biggest transition is the level of competition and the daily routines. Its a new situation, and I didn't know what to expect. At first I thought that I couldn't play with the guys, but as I played with them I realized they weren't untouchable to me."
Even as the teams young players try to get they're footing the seniors know that conference play is tough. The Cobbers start conference play Saturday against soccer powerhouse Gustavus.
"We need to show up and play our game." Singer said. "If we do what we can do I have no doubt we can win our conference. We are playing a lot of Division II teams and NAIA teams. We have gotten some unlucky breaks, but we have the ability as the team."
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Women's Soccer |
Winning streak hits six for women's soccer Streak is
longest in team history
With their 2-1 victory over Moorhead State University on Wednesday, the Cobbers ended their exhibition schedule by extending their season long winning streak to six games.
In previous action, the Cobbers beat the University of Minnesota-Crookston 3-0 on Saturday. The Cobbers (0-0, 6-0) allowed Crookston only one shot on goal.
Lee scored a goal and passed for an assist in the game. On Wednesday, Lee was named MIAC player of the week.
“I just go into the game and try to contribute the best I can,” Lee said. “I credit the whole team. They get me the ball, and it’s my job to score. I’m just doing my job.”
Despite the team’s perfect preseason, senior Allison Smith said the team is not getting overly confident.
“We haven’t been challenged yet,” Smith said. “But we also haven’t played up to our potential yet.”
Smith said that the team’s first real challenge will come tomorrow as the team takes on conference leader Gustavus (3-0 6-1) to begin their MIAC season.
“It will be a whole different ball game once we hit our Conference schedule,” Smith said. “I’m not saying we’re going to lose those games, we’ve just got to keep our hearts and heads in those games.” Even though this is her first year of MIAC competition, Lee knows the team is in for a challenge. Lee also said the team has what it takes to step up their play to match any team they face.
“When we play less difficult teams, we have a tendency to step down to their level,” Lee said. “But we definitely have the potential to rise to the opponent and play our game. We’re definitely excited for the season.”
The team will put its perfect record on the line tomorrow as they host
Gustavus in their most anticipated matchup of the season. The game begins
at 1 p.m.
Women's Golf |
Women's golf comes from behind to win Bison/Dragon
After an extremely competitive day on Saturday against teams from all over the region, the Cobbers stepped up to win the Bison/Dragon Invite. With Bemidji State shooting a day’s best 341 and Concordia falling close behind with a 346 after the first day of play, Sunday looked to be the day to decide it all. Much self-motivation would be the key to the Cobbers success, as they knew Bemidji would be the team to beat. "Mentally, we weren't prepared to play Saturday," said Coach Duane Siverson.
With the pin placements catching many off guard on Saturday, the Cobbers were adjusted and ready to turn things around on Sunday by play some aggressive golf, according to Siverson.
Senior Kari Weidner exemplified the team’s adjustment, dropping her 91 on Saturday down to a remarkable 78 on Sunday. Although consistency tends to be a key for the Cobbers, drops like Weidner's helped Concordia's total score. Despite the windy and rainy conditions on Sunday, Concordia won the match with a two-day team total of 674. Senior Christi Strecker said she used the tough competition as motivation both days. Shooting an 84 on Saturday, she was only trailing Bimidji's Jeanne Larson by four strokes. Strecker came through on Sunday to tie with Larson for the Co-Medallist title with a meet best 164-stroke total.
After claiming this victory, Concordia is still ranked number one in the region but will need to focus on the Gustavus Invite this weekend at Mankato. The competition will increase greatly as ten of the best Division III schools will be present from throughout the Midwest. "With the tough competition, next weekend will be a meet that will tell us where were at," Strecker said.
Ranked third in the nation, the Cobbers will be hoping to maintain their status by preparing both mentally and physically this week, according to Siverson. He realizes that the team's preparation for the next two weeks will be important, as they haven't seen much of their greatest competition yet.
Teams from Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska will keep the women Cobbers on their feet and ready to maintain their ranking this weekend at the Gustavus Invite in Mankato.
Men's Golf |
Men's golf finishes fifth, seventh at NDSU invite
Concordia’s men’s golf team entered the final day of the three day Irv Kaiser-NDSU Invite in third place, and in striking distance of the tournament lead, but a poor final day led to a fifth place finish for the Cobbers.
A combination of three conditions may have led to the Cobber’s drop. “The weather conditions were poor,” said freshman Justin Anderson. “It was cold and windy, it was the third day of golfing, and it was early in the morning.”
Concordia II finished in seventh place, giving the Cobbers the most consistent overall finish of any team at the event.
“There’s a lot of depth on the team,” sophomore Mike Hagen said. “It’s really a positive, not only for this year, but for the future. There are a lot of guys on this team that can really play.”
Hagen led the Cobbers with a three day score of 235, good for ninth in the tournament.
Despite their performance on the last day, the Cobbers were satisfied with their performance. They finished second among MIAC teams to first place Augsburg.
“When you do well, it’s definitely fun to see yourselves being able to compete against teams that are considered a level above you,” Hagen said.
“It’s satisfying knowing you’re going up against [second place finisher] UND, who goes to the National Tournament every year,” Hagen said. “ It feels good going up against a contender.”
Anderson said that the team is looking forward to this weekend’s St. John’s Invitational. The meet should foreshadow the upcoming MIAC tournament. Hagen said the team has the potential to take first at the meet.
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Men's Cross Country |
No men's cross country story this week. The Cobbers took part in the University of North Dakota invite.
Women's Cross Country |
No Women's cross country story this week. The Cobbers took part in the
of North Dakota invite.