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1998 Concordia Men's Soccer Box Scores
Micah Benson
Micah Benson
Home  9/19 Cobbers top Gustavus 1-0 in Cobber home opener
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Micah Benson scored after a corner kick with 26 seconds left in the first half for the only score of the game as Concordia won its MIAC opener here today over Gustavus. The Cobbers moved to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the MIAC.  The Gusties fell to 4-2 overall. 1-1 in the MIAC.

Box Score
Concordia           1 0  -- 1
Gustavus            0 0  -- 0

1st Half Scoring
CC : Micah Benson  (2)(Forrest Olson)  44:34
No second half scoring

Concordia : 14
Gustavus  : 7

Corner Kicks:
Concordia : 3
Northland : 4

Goalie Saves:
Paul Toso - CC: 4
John Dierkhising - GAC: 9

Concordia: 21
Gustavus: 13

Pre Game Notes:
The Cobbers were without All-MIAC forward Josh Spaulding last weekend due to an ankle injury. He is expected back for the Gustavus game. The Gusties, 3-1 in their MIAC preseason, beat St. Olaf 2-1 in OT in their MIAC opener Wednesday the 16th. Gustavus finished tied for second with Concordia last year in the MIAC with a 7-3 record. The 1-0 loss at Gustavus last year probably prevented the Cobbers from making a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Gustavus Preview information
By Tim Kennedy, Gustavus SID

Head Coach Larry Zelenz will be working with a young and inexperienced
squad in 1998 due to the loss of six senior starters from a unit that
finished tied for second in the MIAC in 1997.  Zelenz feels that this
year's team has the physical skills to be very competitive, but the success
of the unit will depend on how quickly his young and inexperienced group
responds to new roles.
     Returning starters include senior captain Ryan Chies (outside back),
senior John Dierkhising (goalkeeper), and senior Greg Holker (forward).
Chies is a two-year starter who will be the anchor of the defensive unit.
Dierkhising is a top-notch goaltender, who has two-years of starting
experience to go along with one of the strongest punting legs in the
league.  Holker is an aggressive attacker with excellent speed and strong
skills in the air.  It will be important for this trio to provide
leadership to their younger teammates especially early in the season.
     Finding some goal scorers will be an important task for Coach Zelenz
as the team's top five scorers from a year ago, Pete Eklund (11g, 8a),
Chris Holze (8g, 3a), Andy Hemenway (6g), David Rippe (1g, 5a) and Jeff
Jiovanazzo (2g, 3a) have graduated.  Junior midfielder David Cameron is the
team's leading returning scorer with two goals and two assists for six
points.  Holker contributed two goals and one assist for five points.  This
duo will be asked to increase its scoring potential along with senior
forward Bryon Smith who tallied one goal and one assist for three points
last year.  Sophomore forward Jacob Valento who started on the junior
varsity last season is expected to contribute along with senior midfielder
Scott Schneweis, who possesses the strongest leg on the squad.
     Sophomore Scott Crowell will assume the center midfield duties.  He
was a starter on the junior varsity last season and played in two varsity
matches late in the year.  He is a skilled player who is up to the
challenge and Coach Zelenz feels it is just a matter of him adjusting to
the role as a varsity starter which may take a few games.  Joining Crowell
in the midfield will be senior Scott Schneweis, senior Ben Hallberg, and
sophomore Mike Orr.
     In the backfield, outside defender Ryan Chies and goalkeeper John
Dierkhising give the Gusties a great deal of talent and experience.  Senior
Jeff Showalter will step into the stopper role, while sophomore Anthony
Marchetti will fill the other outside back position and talented newcomer
Lance Erickson, a freshman from Apple Valley, will start in the sweeper
     On paper it looks like this is a rebuilding year for the Gustavus
men's soccer team, but veteran coach Larry Zelenz has a knack for building
fundamentally strong, spirited squads every season.  Look for the Gusties
to be a formidable opponent in the MIAC and if they can find some scoring,
a threat to contend for the title.

Golden Gustie Men's Soccer
1998 Roster
GK John Dierkhising SR Goalkeeper 6-2 195 Blaine
GK Rob Pottle JR Goalkeeper 6-3 180 St. Paul/St. Paul Academy
GK Ross Smith FY Goalkeeper 6-2 170 Mound/Wayzata
2 Par Larsson FY Midfield 5-9 155 Gotenborg, Sweden
3 Michael Fischbach SO Midfield 5-8 145 Excelsior/Minnetonka
4 Jacob Zdon SO Midfield 5-8 140 St. Paul/Cretin Derham Hall
5 Jeff Showalter SR Back 6-3 185 Minneapolis/Trinity at River Ridge
6 Scott Crowell SO Midfield 5-9 155 Burnsville
7 Tyler Wenkus FY Midfield 5-7 155 Minnetonka
8 Anthony Marchetti SO Back 5-10 165 Blaine
9 Ryan Chies SR Back 6-0 165 East Bethel/St. Francis
10 Tyler Purdy JR Forward 5-10 165 Orono
11 Greg Holker  JR Midfield 5-10 165 Burnsville
12 Lance Erickson FY Back 5-11 150 Apple Valley
13 Brady Eichorn FY MF 5-7 155 Edina
14 David Cameron SR Forward 5-10 165 Minneapolis/South
15 Scott Schneweis SR Midfield 6-0 195 Grand Forks, ND/Red River
16 Jacob Herbst FY Forward 5-8 160 Isanti/St. Francis
17 Mike Orr SO Back 5-10 150 Sioux Falls, SD/Lincoln
18 Andrew Thul SO Back 6-3 205 Savage/Burnsville
19 Jacob Valento SO Midfield 6-1 182 Blaine
20 Ben Hallberg SR Midfield/Forward 5-11 160 Bloomington/Holy Angels
21 Bryon Smith SR Forward 6-2 160 Mound/Mound-Westonka
22 Ryan Meulemans SO Back 5-11 170 Oshkosh, Wisc./West
24 Evan Molde SO Forward 5-9 150 Portage, Mich./Northern
25 Pierce Harrington FY Def 5-7 145 St. Louis Park

Head Coach: Larry Zelenz
Assistant Coach: Dan McKane

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