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One short phrase echoes in the minds of the Cobber women's soccer players, reminding them how hard they'll have to work this year and how much they have to learn. "We're young," coach Dean Hashbarger says. "We're so young."
But after three games in four days, and a standing of 2-1, the
Cobber women have just begun to show Concordia, and their opponents, the
Freshman Jordie Kortan scored Concordia's first goal less than two minutes after the game began. Nineteen seconds later Cara Davis' goal for Jamestown tied the game. Neither team scored again before halftime.
"The first half started slow," said coach Dean Hashbarger. "But we reacted well in the second half to what we did in the first half."
A goal by sophomore Ali Smith boosted Concordia back into the lead early in the second half. Jamestown scored two goals in the second half, but were not able to match Concordia's score.
Co-captain junior Amy Gentz attributes much of her team's success to their strong back-up players. According to Gentz team members on the bench are always enthusiastic even if they don't see much playing time. And when called to go in, they play with fierce energy and motivation.
"The intensity level is even throughout the game," said Gentz. "The coach can put anyone in and the level stays the same."
In tournament play Sunday, Allison Smith scored two goals and freshman Jessie Lavelle had two assists to vault the Cobbers to a 4-0 victory over Coe at St. John's. Fretheim scored the first goal of the game, and Smith kicked in another before the half, assisted by Kortan, who added a point of her own in the second half. Smith popped another in just after the 71 minute mark. Freshmen Whitney Ostrem and Melanie Hastings and sophomore Kristen Hetland also assisted.
Amy Gentz's three goalie saves prevented
Coe from scoring a single goal.
The Cobbers finished three strokes behind Simpson College last Friday, settling for second place at the Briar Cliff Invitational.
Sophomore Kari Weidner and junior Nicole Koskey each shot an 81, tying for 5th in the tournament's individual honors. Concordia's team total of 329 put them ahead of 12 other teams in the competition.
Playing on unfamiliar territory, the Cobbers took seventh place at the Buena Vista Invitational in Storm Lake, Iowa. According to Siverson, competition was tight as the top seven teams finished within 10 strokes of each other. "We've kind of walked through all the tournaments the last few years," said Siverson. "This competition made our players practice harder. It's nice to have some competition."
Simpson and Gustavus both totalled 328 to tie for the tournament title. Concordia finished with a total of 338, as Weidner led the Cobbers with an 83.
Concordia is hosting the Cobber Open today at Wildflower in Detroit Lakes, Minn. The Concordia Invitational, the largest Division II and III golf competition in the country, will be held Saturday and Sunday in Detroit Lakes.
"If we play well this weekend, we should be in the top five," said Siverson. "There will be better competition this year than we've had in the last couple of years."
Although the women's golf team appears to be off to a slow start, coach Duane Siverson is confident in this year's team, and thinks they have the potential to meet or beat last year's fourth place national ranking.
"We have a solid nucleus of returnees and a couple of new players who could step and in contribute," he said. "We're looking to be about as strong as last year, and last year was the best team we've ever had."
Men's Golf: Riddering
back in full swing, Golf team places second at Valley Fest Invitational,
led by returning junior
The Cobbers opened the season with a strong second place finish at the Valley Fest Invitational Saturday, but slipped to 13th place at the Bemidji Invitational held Sunday and Monday.
Junior Brandon Riddering shot 73 for the Cobbers at the season opener Saturday. The Cobber Maroon team took second place with 300, behind UND's total of 291. Freshman J.J. Rassmussen added 74 to the final score, followed by freshman Seth Johnson, 76, sophomore Jeremy Anderson, 77, and junior Tyler Fitzel, 80.
NDSU finished with 301 to put them in third, and the Cobber Gold team took fourth with 325.
Riddering led Concordia again at Bemidji's two-day tournament with 79 Sunday and 74 Monday. Johnson matched Riddering's total Sunday, then shot an 82 Monday. Anderson, Rassmussen, and junior Mike Simonich also contributed to the team total of 636, putting them in 13th place.
Gustavus took first and second place with team totals of 587 and 596.
This weekend the Cobbers will compete at the Erv Kaiser-NDSU Invitational
Concordia womenās volleyball begins conference play Sunday with two losses under their belt. The team lost to crosstown rival Moorhead State Tuesday night 15-9, 14-16, 15-4, 17-15.
"We didnāt start out well. We werenāt focused,"sophomore hitter
Anne Larson said.
"We took momentum from the and came back for a win.Thatās what volleyball really is - a game of momentum," junior hitter Laura Reitmeier said.
Despite Concordiaās attempt to regain control of the match, Moorhead State ended up with the win, and a new record. The Dragonās Emily Hegg racked up 25 kills in Tuesdayās game, putting her all-time career kill tally at 1396, a new record for MSU.
"We know we have the strength to succeed when we focus mentally," Larson said.
Mental game skills will be part of the team's focus for the Cobbers this weekend as they open up play in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
"I think we need to know how to capitalize on out possessions of the ball," Reitmeier said.
Traveling to Jamestown Friday for one more non-conference game, Concordia will host Macalaster on Sunday.
"Weāre expecting to be one of the top teams, if not the top. Our goal is to go 11-0, and thatās a very realistic goal for us," Reitmeier said.
The Cobbers finished 25-12 overall, 9-2 in the conference last year, putting them second in the MIAC, fourth in the regional poll and earning them a trip to the NCAA Division III championships. At the tournament, they lost the first round 3-1 to MIAC champs St. Olaf.
The Concordia football team opened their season Saturday with a 17-7 victory over the Moorhead State University Dragons. The Cobber defense dominated in the victory. The Cob's defense held the Dragons to only one first down and 39 yards in the first half. "It's always good to start with a win," said head coach Jim Christopherson. Concordia took an early 7-0 lead on Chris Ohm's one yard touchdown run. The score was set up by a muffed punt by MSU.
The Dragons had the ball near the Concordia 40 yard line and were set to go for it on 4th and one before they were called for a false start. The penalty forced the Dragons to punt, however the snap was fumbled and Concordia took over on the Dragon's 36 yard line.
Later in the first half, the Dragons went for it again on fourth and two with the ball near their own 40 yard line. The Cobber defense once again stepped up and turned the Dragons away. A few plays later Ethan Pole hooked up with Tory Langemo on a post corner route and the result was a 22 yard touchdown. The play would earn Langemo the Crystal Sugar Sweet Move of the game. "The award is nice, but most importantly it means we won the game," Langemo said.
Concordia took their 14-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. However, in the second half the momentum began change and MSU got back into the game as quarterback Pat Elmes scored on a three yard fun to bring the Dragons to within 7 at 14-7. But that was as close as the Dragons got as Clayton Horgan connected on a 21 yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining to secure the victory.
The Cobber defense held running back Grover Moore to only 35 yards on 14 carries. Moore ran for 141 yards including a 69 yard score in last year's game. Quarterback Pat Elmes threw three interceptions. One of those was picked off by senior captain Ryan Sannes who was named the MIAC's defensive player of the week. Along with the pick, Sannes had two sacks and eight tackles.
On the offensive side of the ball the once doubted Cobber running game no longer appears to be a question mark. Dan Steinbesser and the Cobber offense erased all doubts as Steinbesser ran for 151 yards on 27 carries. "Our front five were ready to go today," Christopherson said after Saturday's game.
Junior quarterback Ethan Pole said, "We expected to run the ball. Our line was blocking well and we didn't want to stop."
Last week Concordia geared up for the Dragons' running game. This week they will face the opposite against Gustavus. "Last week we geared against the run," said Christopherson. "This week we'll have to be ready to defend the pass."
The Gusties should give the Cobbers' secondary some troubles. They run a "run and shoot" style offense with four receivers and only one running back. Gustavus thrashed Colorado College last week by a score of 34-0 in their season opener. They are led by junior quarterback Bob Southworth, who completed 21 of 34 passes for 312 yards, and four touchdowns in last week's victory. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium.
Standing at 2-0, the men's soccer players have their hopes set high. And after seeing the results of last weekend's games, they should.
Well on their way to taking the MIAC tournament title for the third year in a row, the Cobbers defeated Briar Cliff and Northland at the St. John's Tournament games Saturday and Sunday.
Concordia came from behind to beat Briar Cliff in the season opener. After seven minutes, the Cobbers fell to 0-1 and remained scoreless the first half.
Briar Cliff enjoyed the lead for almost two minutes of the second half. The Cobbers yanked the lead away when senior Jim Stone scored the first Cobber goal of the season after 46 minutes and 45 seconds of play. Sophomore Josh Spauling scored the tie-breaker, assisted by senior Todd Hashbarger and junior Paul Toso. Concordia's two unanswered goals in the second half boosted them to a 2-1 victory.
Spaulding scored another tie-breaking goal Sunday against Northland College. He scored the first goal of the game, then Marc Orton added another in the second half to tie Northland 2-2. Spaulding shot the game winning goal in overtime, leading his team to 2-0.
The Cobbers' first home game is Saturday at 3:30 against Lawrence College. Concordia hosts Augsburg Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the first MIAC game of the season
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