Cobber Football |
Oct. 8, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Football improves MIAC record to 3-0
The Cobbers won its third straight conference game Saturday 14-6 against Hamline despite fumbling four times and throwing two interceptions. The Cobbers continued to struggle on offense and had to relay on a big defensive effort to improve to 3-0 in the MIAC conference.
"Two weeks ago we said if we can go on the road and win two we would be in good shape," head coach Jim Christopherson said.
Hamline led at halftime 6-0, after missing the extra point attempt. However, Concordia led by defensive end junior Mark Hankel, who was named MIAC's Defensive Player of the Week had five sacks against Hamline's quarterback Tim Couchman.
"In all phases of defense I think we played really well," Christopherson said. "especially our man-to-man coverage in the secondary in the second half. They only completed 42 percent of their passes and part of that was because of our close man-to -man coverage."
Concordia's defense held Hamline to 79 yards rushing and 124 yards passing. On the offensive side of the ball Concordia ran the ball well despite having several members of the backfield injured. The Cobbers used good clock management in the second half controlling the ball for 20 of the 30 minutes.
Senior Nathan Reiff led the Cobber rushing attack carrying the ball 25 times for 66 yards including Concordia's first touchdown on a two-yard run to put the Cobbers up 7-6 in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter junior quarterback Jeff Hertel threw a pass to sophomore Raliegh Schmidt to put the Cobbers up 14-6. Christopherson feels that Hertel and the offense have turned the corner and hopes that the offense will come together in the next few weeks as the team gets healthier.
"Hertel's overall play came on. He seemed to gain a lot of confidence in the second half which was good to see. Not only did we run well, but we [also] passed much better."
The Cobbers next game is against St. Olaf tomorrow. Christopherson feels his team will be ready for the game.
"We can't take St. Olaf lightly," he said. "They are a very improved
team. They are a team that can beat us if we don’t come really ready to
play. I'm sure they would like to be a spoiler at our homecoming game."
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MIAC woes continue for volleyball
Concordia’s women’s volleyball team dropped three games in five days earlier this week. The injury depleated Cobbers, just off a tough weekend where they dropped two games in MIAC tournament action, fell to the University of Mary Tuesday night at Olson Forum. The losses bring Concordia's record to 5-13 overall.
"We've had a lot of injuries," Concordia coach Tim Mosser said noting senior Anne Larson's absence for homecoming, junior Sam Scariano's stress fracture, which she played on, and junior Jessica Cousin's back injury. "But it's good, because we have to learn how to play no matter who is out there."
Last Friday, the Cobbers fell to St. Mary's in four games. Sophomore Leah Sanden offered 42 sets for the netters.
The following day Concordia dropped another MIAC game against St. Olaf in three games. junior Stacy Davis led the attack for the Cobbers with 16 kills and three blocks, but it was not enough. Mosser noted St. Olaf's great defense as one of the factors that swayed the game. Concordia pulled together with a different line up than usual for one of three volleyball games during homecoming week. They hosted the University of Mary. The Cobbers started strong but lost speed as the game proceeded, missing a total of 11 serves.
Concordia jumped to an early 7-2 lead in the first match against the Marauders, by hustling after digs and scrapping for the ball. The University of Mary played for the side out and crept back within one point of the lead. After several side outs, the Cobbers pulled momentum from an ace serve by freshman Amanda Jepson to regain control and bring the score to 14-9. With a side out by Mary, both teams battled to gain a point. Mary managed one, before Concordia prevailed to win the match 15-10.
"We went hard at times," Mosser said. "At times we were really focused." The Marauders opened the second match quickly with three unanswered points. Concordia stepped in tying the score at three. The two teams stayed closely tied until Mary pulled ahead 10-7. The Cobbers gained two, but lost the ball to the Marauders who moved up 12-9. The Cobbers never regained the lead and fell in the second match 15-11.
"We have been working to work better together as a team," said Marauder coach Annette Sabot. "We worked to close our blocks and hit around the blocks."
Mary opened the third match with a point, before the Cobbers jumped in with three. Mary took the side out and responded with four points. Concordia regained control and managed to tie up the score at five. Both teams kept their intensity high and focused to gain another point. Mary regained the ball and with it the momentum. They scored five quick points before the Cobbers broke in to take one. It would be the last one they got as Mary ended the match 15-7.
The unusual lineup allowed for some unlikely stars to emerge for the Cobbers.
"[Freshman] Katrina Wilberts played really well tonight," Mosser said. "She normally plays right side."
The Marauders opened the fourth match with a point. Concordia retaliated with a point of their own to tie the score. Mary regained the ball and never relinquished the lead. Although the two teams exchanged side outs, only Mary held on to earn points, until they led 13-2. Concordia stepped in for one, but could go no further. Mary won the match 15-3 and the game 3-1.
Concordia will continue homecoming week with another home stand, consisting of two consecutive games, on Friday. The team will take on the University of Minnesota-Crookston at 3 p.m., and then they will face Mayville State University at 5:30 p.m.
"I was proud of the people coming and working hard," Mosser said. "No
matter what they are asked to do."
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Men's Soccer |
No Concordian men's soccer story this week. Cobbers
host St. Mary's in homecoming game Sat. Oct. 9.
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Women's Soccer |
The Cobber women’s soccer team’s tough play against the nation’s top-ranked team in the second half wasn’t enough to stop Macalaster from cruising past Concordia 4-0 on Wednesday.
With the win, the defending national champions increased their MIAC winning streak to 27 consecutive games. Macalaster is now 5-0 in the MIAC, and 10-1 overall. The Cobbers dropped to 0-4 in the MIAC, brining their overall record to 6-4.
Gustavus had held the old record for consecutive conference wins with a three year run of 26 straight victories. The streak ended in 1995. All four of Macalaster’s goals came in the first half. The Cobbers once again stepped up their defensive play in the second half, but couldn’t put the ball in the net.
After starting the season with a team record six game winning streak,
the Cobbers have now dropped four conference games in a row. The Cobbers
will look to break out of their losing streak on Saturday when they travel
to St. Mary’s. The game is scheduled to begin at noon.
Women's Golf |
Women's golf captures fifth straight MIAC title
With four consecutive Conference Championships under their belt, the Cobbers were ready to continue their dynasty last weekend with a fifth straight MIAC title during the MIAC Women's Golf Championship at Oxbow Country Club in Fargo.
Concordia, ranked third in the nation, won the match and easily took the title by 11 strokes with a two-day, 671-point total.
After Saturday's round, the Cobbers were leading the match with a 333, 11 strokes ahead of eighth ranked St. Benedict.
"It assured us that much more that the Conference Title belonged to us," said senior Christie Strecker.
The Cobbers went into the tournament knowing the stakes were set high due to the incredible record they have of winning the conference title for the last four years in a row.
"I don't know if we felt so much pressure,” Strecker said. “I think we were confident that we could place high."
Senior Kari Weidner, who le the Cobbers, and placed first on the leaderboard, attributed the win to the teams preperation in practice and their perfomance in their previous meet.
"We worked hard,” Weidner said. “We had a good tournament the weekend before and we went in to play the best that we can."
A scorecard playoff of the back nine was used to determine the medalist position between Weidner and St. Thomas' Kris Paulson. Paulson led the back nine by four strokes and was awarded the medalist title.
Concordia's Weidner, Strecker, and junior Jen Kovash ranked in the top ten to earn All-MIAC honors.
Oxbow, a challenging par 73 course, played a role in raising the scores during the championships.
"There's a lot of trees and a lot of sand,” Strecker said. “All the greens are protected with sand and there's some water trouble.” Beyond the course itself, the cold weather also took its toll on the scores.
"When you've got four layers on, it makes it difficult to swing," Strecker said.
Despite the difficulty of the course's fast greens and trouble spots, Strecker said going in, that if the team focused on playing they way they had all year, they could take the title.
The team also placed constant pressure on each other to perform well throughout the season.
"In practice we all push each other to shoot better,” Strecker said. “This pressure helps us to concentrate harder and motivate each other on."
With the conference title secured, the Cobbers are looking ahead to when the season resumes next spring and the national tournament. Many of the girls will continue to do weight and endurance training throughout the winter, according to Strecker.
"Our short game can always use work. That's where you can cut strokes," said Strecker.
The season will resume for the Cobbers on April 15.
Men's Golf |
No men's golf story this week. Cobbers play at MIAC
Championship this weekend.
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Men's Cross Country |
Divided cross country team takes second at Wartburg
The Wartburg team took second, led by seventh-place finisher senior Chris Goebel, who ran the best race of his college career in 26:56 on the 8000m course.
"I just decided right before the race that I was going to stay with the lead pack and see what I could do," Goebel said. "I just felt strong." The other scorers behind Goebel were sophomores Dave Dahlseng and Brain Klug, junior Steve Edlund, senior. Gabe Arntson, sophomore Jason Karls, and junior Brett Ramstad. Karls also ran a personal best race, finishing in 27:49, his first time under 28 minutes.
The Valley City runners placed fourth and battled some cooler and windier conditions than their teammates in Iowa. Scorers for that meet were led by freshman James Monson with a time of 28 minutes even. Monson was followed by sophmore Bernardo Salcido, freshman. Brian Treece, junior Josh Johnson, freshmen Mark Dahlseng and Micah Rosemen, and Sophomore Nathan Gustafson.
The next meet will be on October 16th at
the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. Goebel said it should host about
40 teams and it will be the first look at how all of the MIAC teams are
standing at this point. He said the team hopes to finish in the top ten.
Women's Cross Country |
No women's cross country story this week. Concordia
finished 3rd at Wartburg Invite last weekend and will take part in
the Homecoming Fun Run Saturday at 9:00.