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Football: 4-0 after second consecutive shutout
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.
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.
Women's golf has this weekend off and will take part in the MIAC Chamopionship
Meet Oct. 11-12
Golfers compete in MIAC tourney this weekend,
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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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
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
Womens Cross-Country team looking
to climb MIAC ladder
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."
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.
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