October 11, 1996
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Kari Eissinger gets a narrow smile on her face as she tells of how she got her start playing soccer.
"It was just more fun," Eissinger says when comparing soccer to the other sports she played as a child.
"It is the most exciting sport I have played. Iāve never gotten bored with it" Eissinger said.
Soccer is a sport that seems to have been a natural choice for Eissinger, and, although quite gifted as a player, she has put forth tremendous effort to achieve a higher level of success.
A senior from White Bear Lake, Minn., Eissinger was recruited by D-1A schools as a high school player, but chose Concordia instead.
"Dean Hashbarger had a big influence on my choosing Concordia" said Eissinger.
The strength of Concordiaās program, while not being a dominant force in college soccer, attracted Eissinger because it allowed her "to play and have a life outside of soccer.
Eissinger cited how she "hates to sit on the bench," which also ultimately would have occurred at a bigger school. This is one big advantage of playing for Concordia, she said. Eissingerās goals as a player bring to light her drive to be the best. The first thing that she wanted to do was start as a freshmen and not miss a game.
Not only that, Eissinger would like to rewrite the defensive record books so that all seven categories bear her name. She has already taken care of six of the seven. If that isnāt ambitious enough, her next goal was to "not get burned." It is this goal that drives her most on the field.
"It is knowing that someone thinks theyāre better than me and then being able to beat them," she said.
Being a defenseperson also puts Eissinger in the position of a leader on the field.
"I zone in on the ball and wherever that ball is within the 100 x 70 field, Iām watching It" she said.
Eissinger revels in the role of leader, as it allows her to explore her versatility as a player and be in control on the field.
After Concordia, Eissinger would like to explore the possibility of playing professional soccer, maybe with the Minnesota Lightning. If that doesnāt work out, she will still feel successful.
"At the end of the season, I could hang up my shoes and be very happy with what Iāve accomplished," Eissinger said.
Four wins in a row over MIAC rivals gives the Cobber womenās volleyball team strong standing in the conference as it focuses on conference rival Macalester for Homecoming. On Sept. 27, the Cobbers defeated Jamestown here, 3-1.
"We struggled a bit against Jamestown," said junior Marsha Suko. Next, the Cobbers took on St. Catherineās on Oct. 1 resulting in a 3-1 Concordia victory. The match against St. Catherineās brought even more adversity for the Cobbers as junior Angie Carlin was injured and unable to play.
From there, the Cobbers came home to meet St. Maryās on Oct. 4 and Carleton on Oct. 5, emerging victorious in both.
"We didnāt play to our potential against either Jamestown or St. Katyās," said sophomore Laura Reitmeier . "We let down our level of play at St. Katyās, but a win is a win." The next two matches, however, turned things around for the Cobbers, with resounding wins over both St. Maryās and Carleton. "The team flowed well against both Carleton and St. Maryās," said Suko.
According to Reitmeier, the Cobbers stayed focused this weekend as a team. The results of that team unity were seen in the weekend results.
The Cobbers hope to continue their winning ways as they next face Macalester at home on the Oct. 13 and then head to the Gustavus Tourney on Oct. 18 and 19.
Concordia football dropped its first conference game of the year on Saturday at the hands of the Bethel Royals. Bethel defeated the Cobbers by a score of 41-7.
"We just werenāt ready to play. We came out non-aggressive and flat out got out-played," said senior quarterback Greg Nielsen. "Nothing went right that day."
After Bethel scored four touchdowns, senior halfback Eli Schuff scored the only Cobber touchdown. Even the potent Concordia ground attack was held at bay by the Royals. The Cobbers managed only 83 yards on 45 attempts, averaging 1.8 yards per carry. Schuff, who entered the game as the MIACās second leading rusher finished with just 53 yards on 19 carries.
Bethel rushed the ball 56 times for 236 yards and had 18 first down to Concordiaās 13. Cobber quarterbacks were able to complete only 38 percent of their passes. Head coach Jim Christopherson said he felt his teamās overall execution was lacking.
"We made a lot of mistakes, but weāre still not out of the game," he said. The Cobbers were further weakened by injuries in their defensive line. Senior defensive end Jerid Shoeck was injured and may not return until at least the Oct. 19 game against St. Johnās. Senior defensive end Nate Prosser was hit in the throat and senior defensive tackle Jason Caron is still recovering after injuries from the Sept. 21 St. Olaf game.
For Homecoming, the Cobbers host undefeated St. Thomas, which is led by quarterback Chris Esterly.
"Esterly is one of the best quarterbacks this league has seen in years," said Christopherson.
Concordiaās conference record now stands at 3-1, 3-2 overall.
With a fifth place MIAC ranking, the menās golf team finished its fall golf season over the weekend at the Winona Country Club. Gustavus was the tournament winner, taking home the trophy with a total team score of 618. Tying for fifth individually, sophomore Brandon Riddering also earned all-MIAC honors and led the Cobbers overall with a tournament score of 79-78-157. Junior Mike Lanning was second on the team with 82-81-163, and sophomore Mike Simonich ranked third with 81-84-165.
According to head coach Jerry Pyle, the fifth place tournament rank will make national qualification almost impossible in the spring season. Pyle said the team has difficulty in the spring because weather considerations force them indoors and prevent the local golf courses from opening.
For many, the most disappointing part of the tournament was finishing behind long-time rivals St. Thomas and St. Johnās.
The Womenās team wrapped up its season with a Gustavus Invitational win, the seventh consecutive win in a row for the women. Individually, senior Sarah Penfield won the tournament with an 83-80-163, followed by first-year student Kari Weidner with 83-84-167.
In other tournament action on Sept. 22, the Womenās team dominated Gustavus at the MIAC championship tournament, remaining the MIAC champs after winning last year. Looking toward the spring season, the women expect to be strong.
"If we all come together as a team, we have the potential to beat anyone in the nation," said Weidner. "Each of us on the team has the possibility to be a medalist at each meet."
After a 3-2 loss to Gustavus Adolphus last Wednesday, the Concordia menās soccer team bounced back with a 3-1 win at Augsburg and a tie at Northland College over the weekend.
Against MIAC rival Augsburg, Concordia got on the board before halftime in the 41st minute with a goal by junior midfielder Todd Hashbarger, his third of the season. The goal was assisted by freshman forward Chad Fancher and senior midfielder Jamie Johnson.
Augsburg came back in the last minute of regulation with a tying goal, forcing the game into overtime.
"That goal with 25 seconds left was a tough one to give up, but we responded well in overtime," said head coach Jim Cella.
The first 15 minutes of overtime went by without scoring, but in the 108th minute, sophomore Eric Berg put the Cobbers ahead with his third goal of the year. He was assisted by Hashbarger and sophomore sweeper Forrest Olsen. Berg scored again six minutes later and senior midfielder Pete Benson finished off the scoring in the 118th minute with his first goal of the year, assisted by junior forward Jim Stone.
"It took a while to get used to [Augsburgās] turf, but we played well even though we couldnāt get the ball in,"said Cella.
On Sunday in Blaine, Minn, the Cobbers fought Northland College to a 2-2 tie. All the scoring took place in the first half. Freshman forward Josh Spaulding opened up scoring with a goal in the 15th minute assisted by Benson and Berg. Northland responded with two goal, but in the 41st minute Hashbarger tied the game with a penalty kick.
"In this game we were tired from Saturday and it was really cold. Also, we still have a lot of injuries,"said Cella. Sophomore goalie Paul Toso played in place of Chad Anderson, and Jamie Johnson sustained an injury that will knock him out of play for two weeks.
"We need to keep focused here for the rest of the games,"said freshman defenseman Will Manke. "Our offense is playing great right now. We just have to get lucky and finish our chances."
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