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October 3, 1997
| Women's Soccer | Men's Soccer |
 | Volleyball | Football |
 | Women's Golf  |  Men's Golf
| Men's Cross Country |
  | Women's Cross Country
| 5 Hall of Fame Inductees |

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Football: 4-0 after second consecutive shutout  
Vic Quick 
The Concordian 
The Concordia football team earned Jim Christopherson his 200th victory on Saturday by a score of 28-0 at Macalester. It marked Concordias second straight shutout. The Cobber defense has only allowed 14 points all season, seven of those in conference play. This was the teams seventh straight win, and it brought their record to 4-0. They are now tied with St. Thomas for first place in the MIAC. 

The Cobbers got things going in the first half on two touchdown runs by senior Dan Steinbeisser. Concordia led 14-0 at the half. They tallied twice more in the fourth quarter when Steinbeisser scored for the third time. This time it was via the air on an eight-yard pass from junior quarterback Ethan Pole. Senior fullback Chris Ohm then added a one-yard touchdown run to give the Cobbers the victory. Junior Mike Rice led the Cobber receivers with four catches for 61 yards. This week Concordia takes on Bethel. The Royals come in at 3-1 and own the MIACs best offense. 

"We'll find out just how good our defense is this week," said Christopherson. "We haven't faced a test like Bethel yet this year." 

The Cobbers have reached their most difficult point in their schedule. After Saturdays game they travel to St. Thomas before returning home to host St. Johns on Oct. 18. But first things first  they must overcome Bethel on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. 

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Women's Soccer 
Concordia lost to the defending MIAC champion Saturday as Gustavus beat the Cobbers 5-1. Gustavus led 5-0 at the half, but Concordia held them scoreless in the second half. Freshman Jordi Kortan scored the only goal of the second half, putting a score on the board for Concordia. The goal was assisted by sophomore Allison Smith

Concordia rolled past Southwest State 2-0 Sunday at Concordia. The score was 0-0 at the half, but Kortan and freshman Whitney Ostrem both scored in the second half to spark the Cobber victory. Smith and Ostrem both assisted the goal by Kortan.  Concordia is now 4-4 for the season. They host Carleton Saturday at 11 a.m. 

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 Women's Golf:   

Women's golf has this weekend off and will take part in the MIAC Chamopionship Meet Oct. 11-12 

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Men's Golf: Golfers compete in MIAC tourney this weekend,  
 expect peak performances as  
the season comes to an end 
Terry Vandrovec 

Coaches in every sport know the importance of hitting peak performance at just the right point in the season, but Concordia mens golf coach, Mark Johnson, has the luxury of watching his team hit their stride at exactly the right time. 

Led by junior Brandon Ridderings sixth place score of 154, Concordia placed fourth at the 21-team Gustavus Twin Cities Invitational with a team score of 640. This represents the colleges' highest ever finish at a significant regional meet. Conference rival Gustavus was the only other Division III team to up the Cobbers. Sophomores Matt Tharaldson and Jeremy Anderson, junior Mike Simonich and freshman Seth Johnson scored 161, 162, 163 and 165 respectively to close out team scoring. 

After a series of recent top five finishes, the team looks toward next weeks challenge: The MIAC Championships.  Ridderings is optimistic about the MIAC Championship Tournament and is confident the Cobbers will place high. "We've had a huge improvement over last year," said Ridderings. "I don't think we ever even took a top ten (last year). This year, with the exception of the Bemidji Invitational, we were in the top four every week." 

Bunkers Hill in the Twin Cities will host the MIAC Championship Tournament on Oct. 3 and 4. Riding high after the Twin Cities Classic, Riddering and the Cobbers will shoot for their first conference title since 1981. The team should be pushed to a new level by the team from Gustavus. 

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The Concordia volleyball team won one and dropped two last week in play against St. Catherines, Wartburg and St. Benedicts. The Cobbers beat St. Catherines 3-0 on Sept. 24, 15-11, 15-11 and 15-4.  Last weekend the team played in the St. Benedicts Tournament in St. Joseph. They fell to Wartburg, 3-1, with game scores of 15-6, 15-2, 13-15 and 15-2. St. Bens beat Concordia 3-1, outscoring the Cobbers 15-8, 15-13 and 15-11. Concordia won the third of four games 13-15.  The team is now 6-5 overall, leading the MIAC with a 2-0 record. 

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 Men's Soccer: Cobber sets record 
 Kristen Young 
The Concordian 
Todd Hashbarger, a senior from Fargo, scored four goals and nine points to set Cobber school records Tuesday in a MIAC match-up against Hamline. The Cobbers brought home an 8-2 win, moving their MIAC record to 2-1.  Hashbarger scored two goals in the first half Tuesday, and junior Matt Hockett added another before halftime. Hamline scored a goal in the 45th minute of play to bring the halftime score to 3-1. Hamline scored the first goal in the second half, followed by two goals by Hashbarger and goals by sophomore Todd Stebleton and senior Jim Stone. Concordia's final goal was an own goal scored by Hamline. Toso had one save for the Cobbers. 

Concordia dropped their first MIAC game Saturday to Gustavus. They held out until the 87:15 mark, then gave up the only goal of the game, losing 0-1. Paul Toso had two saves for the Cobbers.  Concordia's record is 6-2 overall. The Cobbers face Carleton Saturday in Northfield. 

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 Cobber Clips 
 Men's Cross Country  
10/3/97  Cross country Bill Keating finished 61st at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota Saturday, completing the race in 27:13.5 minutes and leading the cross country team to a 25th place finish out of 36 teams. Other Concordia finishers were: 158, freshman Brett Ramstad, 28:24; 199, junior Josh Lowman, 29:11; 217, freshman Steven Edlund, 29:34; 232, freshman Matt Jorgenson, 30:01; and 259, Dan Bjerknes, 31:29. 

Concordia JV runners finished fifth of six teams at the Jamestown Invitational Saturday. Martin Conterez, with 29:43, led the Cobbers with a 16th place finish. Other runners included: 24, freshman Chris Goebel, 30:30; 31, freshman Fred Swanson, 31:31; 35, junior Nathan Voxland, 32:32; 41, freshman Josh Johnson, 34:48; and 40, freshman Justin Gall, 34:30.   The Cobbers compete in the Valley City Invitational this weekend. 
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Womens Cross-Country team looking to climb MIAC ladder  
Rebecca Johnson 
The Concordian 
The Concordia womens cross country team is looking forward to a great season. Senior captain Nicki Camp is encouraged by the combination of talented runners, strong coaching and team unity this fall. 

The Cobber women took third place out of six teams at the St. Johns Invitational in Collegeville, Minn., on Sept. 20, led by junior Barbara Breidenbach. Breidenbach placed 12th overall with a time of 20:25. Freshman Heidi Brenden placed 17th with 20:54, and senior Mollee Ludtke placed 22nd with 21:03. At the Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota, the team took 27th out of 41 teams, led by Briedenbach, senior  Kristen Bollingberg and Stephanie Collins. Briedenbach placed 84th with 19:56, Bollingberg placed 175th with 20:41 and Collins placed 183rd with 20:45. 

Although pleased with their performance to date, team members are confident there is much potential yet to be reached. "The team is doing well so far, but I think we have a lot of potential that hasnt been met yet," said Breidenbach. "By conference time the potential will be reached," 

Briedenbach said if everyone works together and is confident in their abilities things will come together. Camp sees the team making gradual progress. "Each meet is another step up the mountain toward the conference meet," she said. 

This meet will take place Nov. 1 at St. Olaf.  "Team members are rising to this challenge. Last year we folded at the conference meet," said sophomore Joanne Maki. "This year we are looking forward to proving what we can do." 

 "We've had such hard practices during the week that weve been feeling sluggish by the meets," said Breidenbach. "By conference time our workouts will be tapering, which will boost our performance at meets." 

Camp is optimistic about the talent of the runners, as well as the coaching staff. She is also thankful for the addition of two senior track  runners, Ludtke and Bollingberg, to the team. 

With only five upperclassmen and what Maki describes as  a really good freshman class, the team can look forward to success both this year and in future seasons. "I'm really excited about the potential to rise up the conference ladder in coming years, if not this year," Camp said. 

The next meet for the team is Oct. 3 in Valley City. 

 1997-98 Staff 

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