|Sept. 18, 1998 Concordian
| Cobber Sports |
| Football | Volleyball | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Women's Golf | Men's Golf |
No football story this week.
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Women's volleyball team suffers setback after loss of key player.
Concordia's volleyball team learned over the past week what it's like to play without senior player Laura Reitmeier, who sustained a sprained ankle in practice last Thursday while going up for a ball.
"Her injury was fairly serious," head coach Tim Mosser said. "They think that maybe part of the ligament might have pulled away from the bone. Hopefully she will be back this weekend, but we will have to see."
Concordia's volleyball team lost to Macalester Tuesday in their MIAC conference opener. The scores for the Cobbers were 15-11,15-5, 14-16,6-15 and 15-9.
The Cobbers are 0-1 in the MIAC, and 2-4 overall. Junior Anne Larson led the Cobbers with 13 kills.
"Even though we lost the first game we started out really fast," Mosser said. "We were ahead in the first game."
Mosser said that the team came out strong and intense right away but they lost intensity during the game.
In earlier action Concordia's volleyball team suffered another set back in the Nebraska Wesleyan Classic held last Friday and Saturday. The Cobbers tied for third with three other teams with a 2-3 record.
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse defeated Concordia in their first match of the Classic 15-6, 9-15,15-6, 12-15 and 17-15.
In the second match against Nebraska Wesleyan, Concordia lost in three sets 15-3, 15-6 and 15-6.
UW-LaCrosse handed the Cobbers their third loss of the Classic 15-6, 9-15, 15-6, 12-15 and 17-15.
In Concordia's fourth match Central won 15-9, 15-2 and 15-9.
In Concordia's fifth and final game of the Classic, the Cobbers beat St. Mary's 14-16, 15-3, 15-17, 15-11 and 15-13.
"When we are communicating and moving explosively we play very well,"
Mosser said. "When we let that go we don't communicate or move very quickly,
that's when we lose intensity."
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Men's Soccer |
Concordia's men's soccer team looking for defense after a weekend of play
While Concordia's men's soccer team hoped to have a solid start this year, the team has been struggling on defense early in the season.
"Our defense is still looking like Swiss cheese," head coach Jim Cella said. "We need to have the American version, the one with no holes."
The Cobbers lost two games in the Elizabethtown Classic this weekend, starting with a 2-1 overtime heartbreaker to Stephens College, and ending with a 3-0 loss to the host team Elizabethtown.
"They were both tough teams," Cella said. "We were disappointed after the first game, but it was one of those games." Although the scoring was low for the two games, the Cobbers had many scoring opportunities.
"We dominated the game," Cella said, "but we just couldn't put the ball in the net."
In game one, junior Micah Benson scored the only goal for Concordia in the tournament.
According to Cella, the team was tired after the overtime loss, and noted that the team had to endure a 25 hour bus ride before playing the second game.
Concordia was also without All Conference junior Josh Spaulding.
Cella said the team got a lift from a strong performance by senior Brian Roach in the middle.
The team must improve their defense before they open conference play Tuesday when they host Gustavus at 1 p.m., Cella said.
Despite the two losses, Cella and the team are looking ahead to conference
play, and especially the opener with anticipation. "We al ways have
great battles with Gustavus," Cella said.
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Women's Soccer |
The Cobber women's soccer team defeated Moorhead State University Wednesday afternoon 3-0. Concordia is 0-1 in the MIAC conference and 2-3 overall.
Sophomore Jordi Kortan scored
the first goal of the game to put Concordia on top. Assists were made by
freshman Jessica Spaulding and junior
Smith. The second goal of the game was scored by sophomore Autumn
Johnson. Spaulding added some insurance with her second goal of the
In earlier action the Cobbers women's soccer defense were outstanding
in the game against Carleton on Saturday, allowing only one goal.
However, defense alone can't win games, as the Cobbers fell 0-1.
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Men's Cross Country |
A different look at cross-country running.
Concordia is prepared to let loose its lean and toned cross country racers on the green rolling golf courses across Minnesota.
So what exactly do our champions of the wooded or grassy trail have to do? The amount of country our runners have to cover differs between the men and the women. Be it five miles for the men or five kilometers for the women, it's still five long units of distance.
If there were any doubt that our male cross country runners are some of the best athletes on campus, one simply needs to take a look at the times in which they run those five miles.
The numbers: (five miles in twenty-seven minutes, an average of 5.2 minutes a mile) are enough to cause the average Joe to look for a bag of Doritos and a soft couch, but not the Cobber runners. The women cross their equally severe distance of five kilometers in around 20 minutes.
As for scoring, the first five runners to complete the race contribute to the team score, and the fifth and sixth runners have the chance to determine the scores of the opponents.
The brunt of both cross country teams are relative youngsters to us.
Senior captain Dan Bjerkness recognizes the freshmen and sophomores as "unbelievable talent" but enjoys his leadership role and (robbing the army slogan) "helping the kids be all they can be."
Junior Joanne Maki, a captain on the women's team, expressed her excitement about the team, and made note of all the good incoming freshmen and transfer students. For right now, some top trail scorchers to watch are senior Barbara Breidenbach and junior Stephanie Collins for the women and sophomore Chris Goebel, sophomore Steve Edlund, and sophomore Brett Ramstad for the men.
Both coaches are excited. The women's head coach Sharon Espeland stressed how hard the team had been working (6:00 a.m. practices being just a taste) and is eager to see how things work out in the MIAC.
Men's head coach Garrick Larson admitted after seeing the attitude in his runners and "how closely tied they are as a team" he thinks they will do even better than he first expected.
This year looks exciting for both teams and as advised by the soft,
but well spoken, Edlund, "Get in at the ground level, season tickets will
be going fast."
Women's Cross Country |
Sisters help the women's cross country team capture first place
Sophomore Heidi Brenden helped the Concordia women's cross country team to a first place finish at the St. John's Invitational Saturday.
The main difference this year and last year is the addition of Heidi's twin sister sophomore Heather Brenden to the team.
"This is our eighth year running together," Heidi Brenden said. "We started out running in junior high. Our brother ran cross country so we sort of just picked up on it."
Last year Heather Brenden attended Minot State University. "It was really different, it was weird being on a different team and wearing a different uniform than her" Heather Brenden said.
"Heidi pushes me, keeps me going through the season," Heather Brenden said. "She helps me a lot. I see her ahead of me and it keeps me going."
In the invitational, Concordia finished ahead of Gustavus by two points with a score of 38. Individual honors of the invitational goes to Barb Breidenbach who came in fourth with a time of 20:28.
The Brenden's came in just two seconds apart with Heidi leading
the sisters with a score of 21:19. "We both have the same running style
and we both train together," Heidi Brenden said. "Until I had my hair cut,
we both had long hair, and people would see us coming and wouldn't know
which one of us to cheer for," Heidi Brenden said. "However, it's nice
to hear people cheer for her, too.
Women's Golf |
Cobber women's golf team off to a strong start
The Concordia's women's golf team competed in the Concordia invitational last Saturday and Sunday.
The Concordia maroon team finished in third place with a score of 672. The Cobber gold team finished 10th with a score of 730.
Senior Kristen Hanson finished second in individual scores with a score of 161 for the two day tournament.
"Kristen is our number one player right now," head coach Duane Siverson said. "She has the best stroke after three rounds of golf. Kristen has played well even under a lot of adversity."
Siverson said that the team needs to come together and get to know each other and decide what they want to get accomplished as a team.
The Cobbers will have a tougher time ahead of them than last year.
"It's going to he a little more difficult than it has been in the past," Siverson said. "St. Ben's, a school in our conference, has beaten us twice so far."
In earlier action The Cobber maroon team finished second with a score of 346 in the Cobber Open last Friday. The Cobber gold team came in sixth with a score of 364.
Junior Kari Weidner topped individual
honors scoring 81. Sophomore Maria Amlen
came in eighth with a score of 85. "We know we have a ways to go.
We know we have two teams that are going to challenge us more than they
ever challenged us in the past," Siverson said. "Gustavus and St. Ben's
are outstanding teams and we can be as good as them, but we need to put
the time into our game."
Men's Golf |
No men's golf story this week.