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September 26, 1997
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Football: Christopherson looking at 200 wins 
Vic Quick, 9/26/97 
It all began on an autumn afternoon in 1969 with a 34-6 win over the Moorhead State University Dragons. Now, 29 years and 198 victories later Concordia's head coach Jim Christopherson is going for win number 200. With a win, Christopherson will reach the mark that only 17 other coaches in college football history, at any level, have ever attained. Christopherson is also third in wins among active Division III coaches, trailing only John Gagliardi of St. John's and Roger Harring of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. Christopherson is fifth in winning percentage at 70 percent among Division III coaches. 

When asked about his 200-win milestone, he said, "It will bring back warm memories, but it hasn't been Jim Christopherson winning the games. It has been the hard work of the players and the staff." 

 Concordia beats St. Olaf 38-0 
by Kristen Young 

Concordia ate up St. Olaf Saturday in the Lefse Bowl to clinch their third win of the season. 

The offense racked up a total of 38 points, sparked by a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff. Junior Mike Rice made a hit on the Ole ball carrier, and sophomore Rob Schwartz came from behind to recover the ball. "We knocked the ball loose, and I saw it rolling around on the ground," said Schwartz. "I jumped on it without even thinking about it." 

"It was a good way to get the game started," Schwartz added. "On the first play of the game St. Olaf thought they were starting with the ball. Then there was a total shift in momentum. St. Olaf was out of sync the rest of the game." 

Concordia gained control of the ball on the 28 yard line, and it took five plays for senior Dan Steinbeisser to score from the 16. Concordia took the lead early in the game, 6-0, after a missed extra point on the first touchdown. 

Freshman kicker Clayton Horgen made a 37-yard field goal late in the first quarter to bump the Cobber lead to 9-0. 

At the half, Concordia led 24-0, after a 1-yard run by senior Mark Aslakson and a 23-yard run by junior Ethan Pole. Pole ran another touchdown from the 37 with 9:11 left in the third quarter. 

Freshman running back Marcus Ludtke scored his first touchdown of the season from the 9 yard line with 3:35 left in the final quarter. His touchdown gave the Cobbers a game total of 38. 

The Cobber defense dominated and kept the Oles scoreless. They held St. Olaf to 58 yards rushing, 11 of 24 passing with two interceptions and a total of 149 yards on the play. 

Ludtke noted a strong game for the offense as well. "The offensive line made it easy for the running backs to open wide holes," he said. "All we had to do was follow the blockers." 

Steinbeisser had 20 carries as he led the Concordia rushing attack with 111 of the team's 346 yard total. Ludtke had 90 yards on 12 carries, and Pole added 84 yards on eight carries. Pole completed 9 to 18 passes for 92 yards. 

The Cobbers are now 3-0 as they face Macalester Saturday in St. Paul. A win against Macalester would earn Concordia its fourth win of the season. 

The Cobbers are favored against Macalester, but the players aren't anticipating an easy win. "Every week is a tough game, and our goal every week is to improve," said Ludtke. "We can't take any game lightly." 

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Women's Soccer 
Concordia fell 2-0 to St. Bens Saturday, dropping their record to 3-3. Junior goalkeeper Amy Gentz had 12 saves for  the Cobbers. The Cobbers host Gustavus  Saturday at 1 p.m. 

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 Women's Golf:   
Concordia placed third in the SDSU Invitational last weekend in Brookings with a two-day total of 677. Their score put them behind Nebraska-Kearney and UND, both with 668. Sophomore Christie Strecker led the Cobbers with 167. She was the low scorer in the first round, and senior Jenny Dick led the team in the second round with 83. Junior Nicole Koskey, senior Jill Carlin, junior Kristen Hanson, sophomores Kari Weidner and Julie Johanson and freshman Amber Severson also played for the Cobbers. 
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Men's Golf 
Concordia Gold and Concordia Maroon placed third and seventh respectively at the UND Invitational in Grand Forks Sept. 19-20. UND took first and second place with totals of 599 and 622, ahead of the Cobbers 626. Junior Mike Simonich and sophomore Matt Tharaldson both carded a two-day total of 155. Tharaldson led the Maroon team in round one with 76, and junior 
Brandon Riddering led the Gold team in round two with 72. Simonich, along with freshmen Seth Johnson and J.J. Rasmussen, carded 79 in round one for the Gold team. Tharaldson and sophomore Kyle Newman scored 79 for the Maroon team in round two. 
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The Cobbers had an even split of 2-2 at the Nebraska Wesleyan Tournament Friday and Saturday.   Concordia lost to Central of Iowa 0-3 in the opening game of the tournament, 15-5, 15-5 and 15-2. They shut out their opponent in the second game, beating Coe College in three matches, 15-8, 15-9 and 15-9. 

In Saturdays matches the Cobbers split 1-1 again, for 2-2 in overall tournament play. Concordia eased past Dana in three matches, 15-2, 15-5 and 15-7, but lost 3-1 to host Nebraska Wesleyan, 18-16, 12-15, 15-1 and 15-4, in the final game.  Concordias volleyball team is now 4-4 overall and 1-0 in the MIAC. 

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 Men's Soccer 
Concordia lost its first game of the season Saturday to National College of Rapid City, S.D. The Cobbers trailed by one at the half, after senior 
Todd Hashbarger scored on a penalty kick. Sophomore Will Manke scored in  the second half, but the Cobbers still came up short, 3-2.  The team came back Sunday and shut out the University of Mary 3-0 in their second consecutive non-conference game. Sophomore Eric Singer scored the first goal of the game and his first goal of the season. Sophomore Micah Benson also scored in the first half, and senior Jim Stone added a goal in the second half.   Junior goalkeeper Paul Toso kept four shots out of the net Saturday, and had seven saves Sunday. 

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 Men's Cross Country  
Cross-country striving for fifth in MIAC 
by Gretchen Ahrens 

The Concordia mens cross country season is off to a running start. After only four weeks of practice, the team is  setting goals for the conference meet at the end of the season. Our guys are really committed to each other and have high aspirations as a team for the end of the season, said coach Garrick Larson

The teams goal is to finish in the top seven, realistically, in the MIAC. Their dream goal is to finish in the top five. Concordia has finished last 
of eleven teams in the MIAC the last two years and no higher than ninth in the last four years. To reach their goal, they will have to work harder than any other team in the MIAC, said Larson. 

So far, the teams work towards their goal has included participation in several meets, including one at St. Johns and one at North Dakota. Concordia placed sixth out of eight at St. Johns and fourth out of eight at NDSCS. Despite the low placings, Larson is optimistic about the teams goal. 

"They (the team members) have really worked hard in the last four weeks," said Larson. "I  think in the next two weeks, the whole team will really 
start to compete at a higher level. All of them are on the edge of committing to a breakthrough season for Concordia." 
While team standings have not been high, individual runners have improved their times and moved Concordia closer to its goal. Leading the team this  year is senior captain Bill Keating. He finished fourth and seventh at NDSCS and St. Johns, respectively. Im surprised, said Keating. 

"I didn't run last year, and right now I'm already where I want to be at the end of the season. I hope to continue to get stronger. 

"Its important that I peak at the right time at the conference meet and not now at the beginning of the season," he added. 

Despite the pride he takes in his individual times, Keating believes the team goal can only be met through a group effort. 

"The main thing is we have to get an even group of seven to ten guys who can push each other at every practice and every race," Keating said. "Then we'll be better." 
Larson believes that the team will improve as freshmen become more familiar with college cross country. "Concordia is an extremely young team," he said. "It has been a dramatic adjustment for the freshman, in particular, who ran three miles in high  school and now run five miles collegiately. They have also had to adjust to high mileage and intensity for practice.  The team runs about 50 to 60 miles per week and trains in weightlifting." 

Larson is looking forward to watching the teams performance at the MIAC and believes they will reach their goal. "By Nov. 1 at the MIAC, I think they will realize they have worked harder and are more prepared than any other team," he said. "They must believe in themselves and trust that everyone will run to the edge of their potential." 
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