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2003 News and Game Details:
11/17 Jerry Nathan
and Dan Ravenhorst Receive MIAC Postseason Honors.
Jerry Nathan (Sr., Fargo, N.Dak.Fargo South HS) was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team, and Dan Ravenhorst (Sr., Hollandale, Minn./Albert Lea HS) earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. It is the first time for both players to be honored with a postseason award.
Nathan and Ravenhorst helped lead the Cobbers through a comeback season where the team posted a 5-9-3 overall record - with seven of the nine losses coming by a single goal.
Nathan finished the year second on the team in overall scoring with 13 points (5 goals/3 assists). He finished tied for fifth in the MIAC in overall shots taken. He was switched from an attacking role to a more defending position mid way through the season and the team responded by winning two key conference games. The Cobbers also experienced a successful mid-semester break trip where they tied regionally-ranked Colorado College and lost in overtime to NCAA Division II, regionally-ranked UC-Colorado Springs. In the game against Colorado College, Nathan scored on a free kick with less than four minutes to go in regulation to force the overtime periods. For his career, he finished with 16 goals and 19 assists.
Ravenhorst played every minute of every game for Concordia during the 2003 MIAC season. He was the anchor of the Cobber backline that saw the team give up 11 goals in 10 conference games - five less than a year ago. He was given the duty of marking the opposing team's best player and was able to shut down most of the league's premier players. He is a four-year starter for Concordia. (More)
11/1 Cobbers Can't Complete Second Half
Rally, Lose to St. John's 2-1.
10/28 Cobbers Give Up Late Goal, Lose
at Hamline 1-0.
(Moorhead, Minn.)-- Last week Concordia played a pair of games in Colorado and extended two top-flight teams to the very edge, tieing one game and losing in double overtime in the other. On Saturday, the Cobbers brought their "A" game back from the mountains and blanked St. Olaf 2-0. It is the third straight game that Concordia has scored two goals and improves their overall record 5-7-2. The Cobbers up their conference mark to 2-4-2. The loss slows the Ole's drive for the playoffs as they fall into fifth place. St. Olaf is now 5-3-0 in league play.
Concordia was able to seize control of play in the first half in spite of going against a severe wind that was blowing from end-to-end. Both teams tried to establish dominance in the middle of the field and both teams had chances to score throughout the first part of the game. The scoreless deadlock was broken at 33:31 when the smallest player on the field hammered the loudest shot of the game. First-year midfielder Kevin Quimby (Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi HS) powdered a shot that went over the head of St. Olaf keeper Kyle Trimble and under the crossbar. The play was started when Jamie Hager (Jr., Fargo, N.Dak./Fargo South HS) forced a turnover in the middle of the field and then passed to Zach Eidenschink (Jr., Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes HS) who in turn fed the ball to Quimby. It was Quimby's first collegiate and gave the Cobbers a one-goal lead and the momentum going into halftime.
St. Olaf came out in the second half and pressed into attack for the first 15 minutes of play. Concordia was able to survive the onslaught before pushing the lead to two goals when Nwachukwu Chukwualoa (Jr., Lagos, Nigeria/HGIC HS) headed home a cross from Andy Gunderson at 60:30.
The Cobber defense held fast as the Ole's pushed for a goal in the final 30 minutes of play. Concordia goaltender Kris Overby (Sr., Fargo, N.Dak./Fargo South HS) came up with several key stops of St. Olaf crossing attempts. Overby finished the game with three saves and recorded his first shutout of the season. Trimble made four saves in goal for the Ole's. Concordia outshot St. Olaf 10-7 and held a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Concordia will finish their season by playing at Hamline on Tuesday, October 28 at 2:30pm and then at St. John's on Saturday, November 1 at 1:00pm.
10/20 Cobbers Lose Double Overtime Battle
to UC-Colorado Springs.
10/18 Cobbers Battle to 2-2 Tie at Colorado
(Moorhead, Minn.)-- Despite playing their best game of the season, Concordia was unable to score a goal and fell to St. Thomas 1-0. The Tommies scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick mid way through the second half. With the loss, Concordia drops to 1-4-2 in MIAC play and 4-6-2 overall. St. Thomas remains in a tie for third place in the conference, upping their record to 5-2-0. They are 8-5-0 overall.
The Cobbers dominated the pace of play in the first play could not come up with the opening goal. The best chance of the half came off the foot of Sylvester Ndhlovu (So., Harare, Zimbabwe/HGIC HS) when he was played through the back of the St. Thomas defense. Ndhlovu hammered a shot, but it was right at Tommies netminder Orin Kipp as he was coming out to cut down the angle. Concordia also created several other chances off the run of play and almost came close from a corner kick but the St. Thomas defense was able to clear the ball away before it was struck on net from in close.
In the second half, St. Thomas was able to get through the midfield of Concordia and take several shots in the opening 15 minutes of play. The goal came after a St. Thomas attacker was brought down just inside the top of the penalty box. Adam Harding hit a low shot to the left of Cobber keeper Kris Overby (Sr., Fargo, N.Dak./Fargo South HS) to give the Tommies the lead at the 69:32 mark.
In the waning moments of the game Concordia was able to create two more chances but each time the ball was headed over the crossbar. On two separate corner kicks, a Cobber attacker found himself free of the St. Thomas defense but subsequent header was placed over the frame of the goal.
Overby made eight saves for the Cobbers, while Kipp turned away five shots for St. Thomas. The Tommies outshot Concordia 18-12 and had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Concordia will fly to Colorado on Thursday to play a pair of key regional games over the weekend. They will play at Colorado College on Saturday, October 18 at 1:00pm and then travel across town to take on NCAA Division II foe UC-Colorado Springs on Monday, October 20 at 3:00pm.
10/13 The College Sporting News Feature
on Jerry Nathan and Kris Overby.
9/30 Cobbers Lose Overtime Heartbreaker
9/27 Cobbers Can't Penetrate Carleton
Net, Fall 1-0.
9/24 Cobbers Pick Up Second MIAC Point,
Tie Augsburg 1-1.
9/20 Cobbers Lose Tight MIAC Contest,
1-0 at Gustavus.
9/07 Cobbers Come Up Short Against Central
(IA), Lose 2-0.
9/06 Cobbers Lose to Puget Sound 3-0
at Gustavus Tournament.
8/31 Cobbers Score Six to Complete Weekend
8/30 Cobbers Win 10th Staight Season,
Down Northland Baptist 2-1.
8/27 MIAC Men's Soccer Preview Page
for 2003 is Now Online
8/26 Concordia Men's Soccer Preview
for 2003 is Now Online.
"No where to go but up." That cliché can be used to sum up the Concordia men's soccer aspirations in 2003. After setting an NCAA record for most losses in a single season by one goal (12), the Cobbers are hoping to turn around their string of bad breaks and get back into the thick of the MIAC race. The inconceivable season of 2002 has been replaced by a renewed optimism in 2003. Concordia returns 23 players from last year's team that lost nine of their ten MIAC games by a single goal. Head Coach Jim Cella is hoping that the year of "lessons learned", and the addition of several newcomers to the squad will provide the right mix to turn last year's sorrow into this season's joy.
Concordia will open with five non-conference games before hosting Bethel in the MIAC opener on Septemeber 17. The Cobbers will have to make their mark on the road in the MIAC if they want to climb the league standing chart. The Cobbers will play three of last year's top four league teams on the road. Concordia's first top-four clash will be at Gustavus on September 20. The Cobbers will also play at Macalester (September 30) and St. John's (November 1). The game against St. John's will mark the fifth straight season the two teams have met on the final weekend of the season. Concordia's schedule also features a late October trip to Colorado to take on perennial region powerhouse Colorado College. (Continued)
4/04 Cobber Men's Soccer Schedule for
2003 Now Online.