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Sept. 8, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Eric Morrow, The Concordian
This year's Power Bowl was electric, literally. On Saturday, the annual football game between Minnesota State University-Moorhead and Concordia had to be stopped in the third quarter because of the weather, as heavy rain, lightning, and thunder filled the sky over Moorhead's Alex Nemzek Stadium.
But when play resumed on Monday afternoon, the players provided the electricity, as MSU-Moorhead escaped with a 21-20 victory over the Cobbers. Trailing 21-14 with three minutes to play, the Cobbers drove 98 yards in just over two minutes, capping off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass from senior Jeff Hertel to junior Raleigh Schmidt.
Instead of kicking the extra point and going for the tie, Concordia head coach Jim Chistopherson decided to go for two and the win. The Cobbers two-point conversion failed however, as Hertel's pass went in and out of the hands of Schmidt.
"The thinking was let's go for the win right now," said Christopherson. "Let's go down and see if we can get the two point conversion and hold them defensively. But it wasn't to be."
MSU-Moorhead also used the two-point conversion, only it worked to their advantage. After regaining the lead on a 17 yard touchdown run by Justin Ellevold, the Dragons went for two. Ellevold fought his way just across the goal line to give the Dragons a 21-14 lead.
MSU-Moorhead led 13-7 when the game resumed late in the third quarter on Monday, but that lead quickly disappeared.
After Jeff Westrum recovered a fumble for Concordia at their own 47-yard line, the Cobbers wasted no time scoring. On the very next play, Hertel hooked up with senior Adam Strainer for a 53-yard touchdown and a 14-13 Cobber lead.
"We knew that all we had left today was one quarter," Strainer said. "We came out on offense and put together a couple of good drives."
Although the Cobbers were disappointed with the loss, both the players and the coaches were pleased with the effort.
"This is the first time I've seen where we've fought back in the fourth quarter in a long time," said Strainer. "Our offense showed a lot of courage those last three minutes."
"I'm pleased with the character and determination of this team," said Christopherson. "These guys want to have a good football team." For the game, the Cobbers had 344 yards of total offense, compared to the Dragons 299 yards. Hertel finished the game 16 of 30 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Both Strainer and Schmidt had over a 100 yards receiving for Concordia.
"We think we can contend with anybody," said Christopherson. "If we can keep away from injuries and keep improving, then we'll see what kind of team we have in two weeks against St. Thomas."
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Soccer undefeated at St. John's tourney
Kara Murray, The Concordian
The Concordia College men’s and women’s soccer teams went without a loss at last weekend’s St. John's tournament.
The women opened their season on Saturday with a 6-2 win over Briar Cliff, and followed that up with a 6-0 win over Northland College on Sunday. The men fared almost as well, posting a 1-0 victory Saturday over Briar Cliff, and securing a double overtime 1-1 tie over Northland College on Sunday.
The Cobber women's team flew ahead in the first half 4-0 against Briar Cliff. Briar Cliff managed two goals in the second half, but Concordia retaliated with two more goals of its own to win the game 6-2.
Junior goalkeeper Kathy Braun made five saves for the Cobbers. "We beat the teams pretty handily and all our teammates contributed," Lundblad said. "We are excited to improve through the rest of the season."
Sunday's match up against Northland College was also a success for the lady Cobbers as they scored all six goals in the first 24 minutes of the game.
Lee scored two goals and added three assists, while Kortan added two more goals in the Cobbers’ second victory.
"This year our team motto is 'Believe'," Lundblad said. "The MIAC conference is really tough, but I think we are going to come out of the woodwork this year."
The Concordia women stand at 2-0 on the season.
On the men’s side, the Cobbers used their defensive abilities to capture the season opener, 1-0 over Briar Cliff. Concordia's defense held strong throughout the game to contain Briar Cliff, allowing only three shots on net.
In the 15th minute, sophomore midfielder Andrew Purdy scored the Cobbers’ only goal of the game.
"We played like a unit," junior forward and co-captain Chance Buzzell said. "(We went out there) showing enthusiasm and team chemistry." In the Cobber's game against Northland College, Northland scored its lone goal early in the game. Buzzell kicked the tying goal in the 13th minute.
Again, Concordia’s defense stood strong, forcing the contest to a 1-1 draw in double overtime. Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Dunn made six saves for the Cobbers.
Concordia now exhibits a 1-0-1 record.
"We need to continue to work hard to eliminate small mistakes," Buzzell said. "If we just stick to our system I think we could improve dramatically through the season."
The Cobber soccer teams are back in action tomorrow and Sunday, traveling to Luther College to play in the Millenium Classic.
Cobber Men's Golf |
There is no article this week.
Cobber Women's Golf |
Women's golf starts new season and run at nationals
Kim Thronson, The Concordian
The Concordia women's golf team is back into the swing of things and ready for its first competition of the season, as it hosts the Cobber Open today and the Cobber Invitational this weekend at Wildflower golf course in Detroit Lakes.
"This weekend should be a good indicator of what we'll be like," senior Jenni Kovash said. "The new players might be nervous, but I think we'll do well."
Those new players include three freshmen that have stepped into new roles with this year's team, filling the spots left by seniors who graduated last spring.
"With three new players, there will be some growing pains," head coach Duane Siverson said. "This year there's a little more of a question mark."
He added that usually only one or two spots need to be filled each year, so three new players is going to be a challenge for the team. "It's going to make it very interesting," he said. "But they're such talented kids. It's exciting."
Last year's team finished second in the Division III national tournament, a goal the Cobbers set for themselves at the beginning of the year.
"I was proud of our mental preparation," Siverson said. "We really executed well, better than any other national tournament in the past eight years."
Three Cobbers from last year's team were named All-Americans. Graduated Kari Weidner was named second team All-American while graduated Christie Strecker was named third team All-American. The final selection was Kovash, also a third team All-American.
"They really deserved the recognition they got," Siverson said. "Those are just really nice awards."
Siverson thinks this year's team has the same potential, especially with seniors Kovash and Maria Amlen who are expected to take over important roles on this year's team.
"Maria and Jenni are great leaders," he said. "They will help nurture the other players into leaders."
Kovash and Amlen have already discussed their new roles with the team. "Maria and I have talked about taking leadership roles," Kovash said. "We need to be consistent. As seniors, the rest of the team will count on us."
Kovash said she is looking forward to the season, even though it will be her last.
"It will be fun getting to know the new girls," she said. "It will also
be fun to take over a leadership role and pass on qualities that Concordia
has taught us so the successful program can continue."
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Impressive start for Cross Country
Nate De Cock, Sports Editor
The Cobber men's and women's cross-country squads were both run-away winners in last Friday's season opener, the Concordia Invitational at Buffalo River State Park. The men outpaced Jamestown 23-32, while the women's 19 points crushed Jamestown's 37 and Bemidji State's 85. With its top three runners out because of injury, the Cobber men relied on some depth and different legs to propel them to victory. Junior Brian Stotts, who took first in the 8K race with a time of 27:50, paced Concordia's attack. Stotts ran over 1,000 miles this summer preparing for the season, and his work has already paid huge dividends. "With our top runners out, it was important that our other runners step up," said men's head coach Garrick Larson. "Brian really came through. He did above and beyond what was expected of him this summer, and it led to his first win ever in a cross country meet."
Concordia also grabbed four more positions in the top eight, with junior Brian Klug taking second, senior Brett Ramstad placing fifth, junior Ben Nylander placing seventh, and junior Kirk Nelson hanging on to eighth. Last year, Concordia finished fourth in the conference, their best showing in 20 years, and ninth at the NCAA regionals, their highest finish since 1983. Their convincing victory at the Concordia Invitational has the Cobber's sights set even higher this season. "If we can beat Jamestown, especially under those conditions, we know we can beat just about anyone," said Larson. "Our big goal this year is to make it to nationals, and this was a good way to start the season." While the men waged a war of attrition, the women were dealt a baptism under fire. It was a young group that represented Concordia on Friday, and aided by some key veteran performances, the Cobbers controlled the outcome of the race.
Sophomore Katie Martin led the way for Concordia, taking first with a time of 21:05. The Cobber women placed three other runners in the top five of their 5K race, with senior Heidi Brendan taking second at 21:09, and senior Heather Brendan and freshman Emily Judd rounding out the top finishers.
"This gives us a good starting point, a good motivator, to see where we are and where we need to be," Martin commented. "We know we can challenge the top performers, and we know what we need to do to be in contention every race."
In addition, the Cobbers placed three other runners in the top twelve, with sophomore Heather Shulstad placing seventh, sophomore Naomi Hill taking eleventh, and freshman Kim Koch grabbing the twelfth spot. Concordia comes off a fourth-place MIAC finish last year, and hopes this year to challenge for a top spot in the conference and to make a run at the national meet. Friday marked one of many steps on the way to their goal.
"All of the girls simply needed to get a race in," said women's head coach Marv Roeske. "As young as we are, we don't have a lot of depth. But with each race we will gain more experience, and thus add depth each time out."
The men and women are back in action Saturday at St. John's, with the men's race starting at 11 a.m., and the women's beginning at noon.
Cobber Volleyball |
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