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4/04 Cobber Men's Soccer Schedule for
2003 Now Online.
11/14 Jason VanValkenburg Named to the MIAC All-Conference Team.
Concordia junior midfielder Jason VanValkenburg (Fargo, N.Dak.) was named to the MIAC All-Conference team. It is the first time that VanValkenburg has earned the award. Last year he was named to the all-conference honorable mention team.
VanValkenburg finished the season fourth in the MIAC in assists per game and fifth in total assists despite missing the last three and a half games of the conference season because of a broken leg. VanValkenburg broke his tibia and fibula in the first half of the game against Carleton on October 26th.
VanValkenburg was the catalyst for the Cobber offense from his play
in the center of the field. His ability to break the opposing team down
though the dribble or by passing was one of Concordia's main offensive
weapons during the 2002 season.
11/9 Cobbers Fittingly Drop Season Finale to SJU by a Single Goal.
11/2 Cobbers Stuck in Season of Statistical Improbability, Lose to
Concordia had several chances to take the lead, and win the game, only to be foiled by near misses and the referee. In the first half, the Cobbers sent a cross into the goal area after a restart from a free kick, had the ball headed into the goal by first-year player Judd Mann (Hastings, Minn.) only to have the goal disallowed because of a mysterious foul as players ran towards the goal.
In the second half, St. Thomas held the edge in possession but were unable to get the ball past Concordia goalie Kris Overby (Jr., Fargo, N.Dak.), who finished the game with seven saves. Concordia's best chance came when back-up goalie turned forward Eric Dunn (Sr., Great Falls, Mont.) collided with Tommie goalie Will Loepfe and had the ball ricochet over the top of the goal.
The deciding goal came just three minutes into the extra session after Concordia had narrowly missed scoring on Loepfe. On the play, Concordia's top defender Cyle Cavett (Sr., Fargo, N.Dak.) tore his groin muscle and had to be helped off the field. St. Thomas took the ball, went the length of the field and was awarded a free kick just outside of the Concordia penalty box. On the ensuing sequence, the Cobbers cleared the ball to the left side of the penalty box only to have Tommie defender Matt Raplinger take the ball and hammer it into the far side of the net for the win.
For the game, St. Thomas held the edge in shots 14-11. Concordia is left with one more chance to beat the odds, and claim a win in the MIAC. The Cobbers host St. John's on Saturday, November 9th at 1:00pm.
In a script that would make Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King drool, Concordia continues to stumble through a nightmarish season. Like a horror movie audience that pleads with the onscreen actors to not open the closet door, the Cobbers continue to open the portal and hopefully step through to a victory. Unfortunately Concordia keeps finding the deranged killer at each turn of the schedule. The Cobbers played well throughout their match with Macalester on Wednesday, only to lose for their eighth straight time in league play.
With temperatures hovering around 30 degrees at game time, the Cobbers set off to break the spell of nine straight one-goal losses. The two teams traded chances in the first 30 minutes before the Scots broke through and scored at 31:19. Stefan Doerge headed home a cross from Robb Swick for his first goal of the season and a 1-0 lead. It was the first of two goals that Doerge would score on the afternoon. Concordia would counter with their best chance of the game five minutes later when Cyle Cavett (Sr., Fargo, N.Dak.) broke through the back of the Macalester defense only to be stopped by a diving save from goalie Michael Madigan.
The second half played out much like the first with both teams getting chances in the early stages of the period. The game turned in the last seven minutes when the Cobbers through caution to the bitter October wind and pushed extra players into the attack. Macalester caught the Cobbers shorthanded in the back of the defense and scored two extra goals in the final six and a half minutes of the game.
Concordia goalie Kris Overby (Jr., Fargo, N.Dak.) had eight saves in the game, as compared to seven by Macalester goalie Madigan. Macalester out shot the Cobbers 18-10 for the game in picking up their league-leading seventh conference win of the season.
The Cobbers will hope to slay the ever-growing monster when they return to action on Saturday, November 2nd at St. Thomas at 1:00pm. With the win, the Scots set up a first place showdown with second place Gustavus on Friday night, November 1st at 7:30pm at Macalester.
10/26 Cobbers See One-Goal Woes Continue, Lose at Carleton 1-0.
10/21 Cobbers Suffer Eighth Straight One-Goal Loss, 2-1 to Chapman.
10/20 Cobbers Fall to California Lutheran 2-1 in Another Close Contest.
10/16 Cobbers Lose Another by One Goal, 2-1 at Bethel.
10/12 Cobbers Stuck in "Groundhog Day" Rut, Lose 1-0 to Hamline.
Straight from the theme of the movie "Groundhog's Day", Concordia continues to wake up and repeat the same game plot, game-after-game. The Cobbers changed opponents but the outcome was the same, as they lost another game by one goal - their fifth straight loss by a lone goal. This time Hamline played the co-starring role, scoring in the fifth minute and holding on for the 1-0 victory. It was also the fourth time in five games that Concordia has lost by the score of 1-0.
Despite outshooting Hamline 18-10 and holding the majority of possession, the Cobbers were unable to find a way to get the ball past Piper goalie Brian Lawson. Concordia did manage to put the ball past Lawson once, only to have a Hamline defender clear the ball off the line. Lawson finished the day with eight saves and made several key stops in the first half of play. Kris Overby (Jr., Fargo, N.Dak.) made five saves in goal for Concordia.
10/05 Cobbers Lose Fourth Straight by One Goal, 1-0 to St. Mary's.
9/28 Cobbers Shutout Again, Lose in Overtime to St. Olaf 1-0.
9/21 Cobbers Drop Tight Game to Regionally
Ranked Gustavus 1-0.
9/15 Cobbers Run Out of Gas, Lose to University of Mary 3-0.
9/14 Cobbers Win in Workman-Like Fashion Over Concordia (NE) 1-0.
9/08 Cobbers Come From Behind to Beat Rockford 2-1.
9/07 Cobbers Tie Nationally Ranked Neb. Wesleyan 0-0.
9/01 Cobbers Can't Find the Net, Lose 1-0 to Concordia (WI).
8/31 Cobbers Open the Season in Style, Hammer Northland (WI) 7-0.
8/12 Concordia Men's Soccer
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