|Oct. 9, 1998 Concordian
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Football team wins Homecoming game against Hamline
The Concordia football team finally put together the type of game that they've been looking for all year. Marked by a big play by junior Nels Paulson and seniors Paul Goldmann and Eric Stenehjem, the Cobbers crushed Hamline 38-0 at Jake Christensen Field Saturday.
"It was the best game of the year if you look at all phases," Cobber head football coach Jim Christopherson said. "We were very happy about it."
With Concordia up 17-0 in the third quarter, Hamline put together a drive and attempted a field goal to pull within two touchdowns. Three Cobbers combined to make the play that put the game away. Paulson blocked the field goal, and Stenehjem scooped up the ball. Stenehjem, as he was being tackled and was falling to the ground, pitched the ball back to Goldmann who ran it in for a 77 yard touchdown, making the score 24-0.
"That play really took the wind out of their sails," Goldmann said. "It was a ten point turnaround."
Concordia opened up the scoring when Crouse ran for a 14 yard score, and Pole connected with sophomore receiver Adam Strainer on a 46 yard bomb, both in the first quarter.
Christopherson said the offensive line played well, allowing Concordia to rush for over 200 yards against a Hamline team that was only allowing 58 yards a game.
Junior Clayton Horgen was named MIAC special teams player of the week after he kicked a 37 yard field goal and was good on five extra point tries. He also handles the punting responsibilities and finished with a 41.6 yard average on seven punts.
The biggest highlight may not have even been the big play or the offense, but the performance by the defense. The defense posted its first shutout of the year, after coming off sub-par performances.
"It boosts our confidence way up," Goldmann said. "Now we know we can do it. We just have to go out there and prove it."
Christopherson agrees. He says the defense is showing gradual improvement and is looking for more big plays like they had Saturday. Sophomore halfback Marcus Ludtke had another fine game for the Cobbers, finishing with 85 yards rushing on 18 carries. Crouse added two touchdown runs on the day, one of 14 yards and one of 15. He finished with 56 yards rushing for the day.
Above all, Christopherson and the Cobbers are pleased. They still have only one loss in the MIAC and have a legitimate chance at the title, providing they do not suffer a loss. Christopherson says that the team outlook is great.
"The team has a great attitude," Christopherson said. "They are starting
to believe that they can have a very good football team"
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Volleyball team loses to St. Mary's
The volleyball team lost three games to St. Mary's on Saturday 9-15, 8-15 and 11-15.
"We struggled against St. Mary's," head coach Tim Mosser said. "We pressed too much, and we thought we had to win instead of just relaxing."
Concordia's main struggles surfaced in the team's defense and serving. "We were tending to crowd the net," Mosser said. "We needed to stay deep enough in the court, and we missed nine serves during crucial times. "
The lack of needed serves and St. Mary's readiness to serve and receive resulted in only three aces for Concordia.
Senior Laura Reitmeier described Saturday's loss as "a wake up call and a turning point for us."
Coach Mosser agrees. "If we go out there and work hard, then win or lose, we'll be successful," Mosser said.
On Friday, Concordia beat Carleton in four matches. The first match was a close one, won by Carleton 16-18. However, the Cobbers came out strong for the last three matches, winning 15-3, 15-5 and 15-13.
"In that first game we really didn't come out sharp. We weren't focused," Mosser said. "In games two and three, we picked up the energy. We had them sprinting from spot to spot on the floor."
Larson had 15 kills against Carleton, followed by Reitmeier and sophomore Stacy Davis with 11 each and Schumacher with 7. Hegg contributed 49 assists, 12.25 per match.
"Meredith is becoming a natural leader," Mosser said. "She's an unbelievable
athlete and the quickest setter I have ever coached. When she gets the
ball, she kicks it into another gear and picks up the level of the team's
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Men's Soccer |
Soccer teams contend with rough practice fields
While Concordia's men's and women's soccer teams are getting ready for their games, they must contend with less than perfect practice field conditions.
Small practice field
The men's head coach Jim Cella said it has been tough to go out and try to train a team when they don't have enough space.
"We have 50 athletes practicing on two small fields, and they are not even regulation size fields," Cella said. "It is like practicing basketball, only you don't have a big enough court so you have to play on a grade school size court and now youUre trying to get a college team ready for a game on a grade school court. We don't even have big enough practice fields to get ready for our games."
Concordia's women's head coach Dean Hashbarger said that it is also tough for his team when they are put on a practice field that's 100 X 50, and then they have to play the games on a 120 X 70 field.
According to Cella the team can't simulate wide open spaces, and in soccer the amount of space a player covers is important. "Instead of covering 10 feet like in practice a player has to cover 30 feet," Cella said. "The decision process they have to make are quite different from a smaller size field."
Cella said that it is tough to prepare for games like the one at Macalester where they have a wide field. The team can't simulate the game conditions because the practice fields are not wide enough.
Hard, uneven dirt on the field
Both the women's and men's teams are also unhappy with the way the practice fields themselves have been managed. "We don't get them watered as much as we would like to have them," Hashbarger said.
Cella agrees. "It is hard because the ground composition is clay. It is like the terrain of the Rocky Mountains. It's mutant ground."
Men's soccer player junior Micah Benson agrees with the coaches and says toward the end of the season when it gets cold, it gets bumpier and is almost like cement.
Women's soccer player senior Amy Gentz said that the field conditions got so bad that a few of the players spent half of a practice one day hauling sprinklers to the fields to make them suitable for practice.
"I have five groundsmen to manage 120 acres worth of campus ground," said Ansel Hakanson, a member of the Major Projects Committee. "There just isn't enough hours in the day to have people out there devoted to carrying water hoses and sprinklers."
Another issue that arises is the increased risk of injury due to the practice field conditions. According to Cella the ground is uneven, and the team is worried about sprained ankles in practice because of the uneven field.
Gentz agrees with the coaches. "The fields are not in very good condition. They are really almost rolling small hills. The field is really uneven, and there is not much grass left. However, there are a lot of weeds on the field," Gentz said. "The fields are like cement. The fields were so hard we were not going all out because we were afraid of injuries,"
According to Gentz because the field is that hard the ball moves really fast, and it's different from when they go on the game fields because the ball moves more slowly on the game field.
While the men's and women's soccer teams continue to practice on their fields, everyone is trying to think of solutions to this problem.
"I have put in bids for about six to eight years as a high priority to have that area leveled and built up so we could have a good practice field," athletic director Armin Pipho said.
According to Pipho, the athletic department has been looking for several years to improve them. The problem is that to do it right and make it a good facility, the whole area would require a lot of fill dirt and a lot of leveling. The athletic department would also want to look at some underground sprinkling systems. The bid came in very high, and so the project hasn't been a high priority on the budget as far as the college is concerned.
"A couple of years ago they came out to survey the land and see what they could do with it. They have made an effort, but I think it's the low thing on the totem pole," Cella said.
Hakanson understands that the needs of the majority of students should come first. "The Concordia community wants computer access in the dorm rooms, improvements in the labs, and classrooms remodeled while we only have so many dollars to spend," Hakanson said. "It just didn't make the priority cut. It gets down to an issue for the institution to try to sort these things out and spend the available dollars in the areas where the impact would be greatest felt. It doesn't mean it's unimportant, or it doesn't have merit."
According to Hakanson the first steps have been taken to try to help
"Now with the free dirt from the parking lot the total price tag of
that project will drop, and hopefully, as the price tag gets dropped it
becomes a more appealing project to the institution," Hakanson said.
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Women's Soccer |
Women's soccer loses fourth straight
The women's soccer team lost their fourth straight game Tuesday to number one ranked Macalester, 4-0. Macalester scored two goals in the first half and two in the second to dominate Concordia. The Cobbers were only able to get one shot on goal while Macalester had 24.
The Cobbers are 1-5 in the MIAC conference, and 3-8 overall.
In earlier action the women's soccer team lost 2-1, Saturday to the visiting St. Mary's team. "Sometimes we get a little bit nervous, and maybe we get a little bit tighter than we should be," head coach Dean Hashbarger said. "They want to be the ones to break us out of our slump."
After St. Mary's went up 2-0, Cobbers freshman Jessica Spaulding shot in a goal to close the gap to 2-1. "The majority of the play was at their end of the field," Hashbarger said. "We went through a few little missteps when they got that first goal. We kind of lost our composure a little bit, but I thought we came back real well."
However, the Cobbers couldn't close St. Mary's lead any further. According to Hashbarger the team needs to touch all the bases for improvement, but a few of the major areas are passing, working on traps and being a little bit tighter on defense.
"We are doing a better job of getting our opportunities," Hashbarger said. "However, we are not putting it in the back of the net when we have those chances. It is something we are still concentrating on."
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Men's Cross Country |
No Story this week.
Women's Cross Country |
No Story this week.
Women's Golf |
Women's golf wins fourth MIAC Championship
The women's golf team struggled against cold weather and strong winds Saturday and Sunday. However, in the end they came out ahead to win the MIAC women's golf title for the fourth straight year, and the seventh time in eight years.
"The wind and the cold is really detrimental in golf," head coach Duane Siverson said. "In order to hit shots, putt and chip shots you need to have some sensation in your hands."
Concordia shot 330 the first day, and 318 on the second day for a total of 648. Concordia's total was 24 lower than St. Ben's who finished in second place at 672.
"We had to be mentally tough last year which helped because we had experience dealing with that type of weather before," junior Kari Weidner said.
The Cobbers are currently ranked third in the most recent Mastercard/Collegiate Golf Foundation NCAA Division III national rankings. Gustavus and St. Ben's are also ranked in fifth and ninth.
"It's a great place to be, and it's also important for nationals," Weidner said.
While the Siverson tried to downplay the tournament to his team this weekend he knew how important this tournament was to the team if they wanted a shot at the nationals.
"I am not sure that I have ever been more proud of how a team has battled adverse conditions then this year's team," Siverson said. "I am really excited for the players. I think they really paid the price the last couple of weeks."
Sophomore Jenni Kovash earned medalist honors at the tournament with a second-day one-over-par at 75. Kovash's two-day total of 152 was five shots better than the runner up's score.
"It was a great experience, and a great pressure lifted to beat everyone and play as well as we did. We weren't sure how it would play out after the first day because Gustavus was only five stokes back," Kovash said.
The Cobbers had three scores in the 70's which according to Siverson is phenomenal in the weather conditions that the team had to play in. "Par was 74 at the MIAC Tournament, typically we play on courses that are par 72," Siverson said. "In relationship to par they were less over par than in any other tournament we played in this year."
Concordia had three players who earned All-MIAC honors by finishing in the top ten. Kovash finished first, junior Christie Strecker finished third and Weidner finished fourth. Weidner improved her game during the second round of play after shooting a 87 on came back and shot a 78 on the second day of the tournament.
"Kovash just played outstanding with the conditions they had to play in," Siverson said. "It was above and beyond what I thought anyone could accomplish in that weather she played in."
After the team had their up's and down's at the beginning of the season they won their last four tournaments including the MIAC championship.
"Part of the early seasons struggles was having nine or 10 players capable
of playing, and we weren't able to sort out who the top six players
were," Siverson said. "The other part of the problem was that we
weren't practicing very hard. I have always felt time equals task. The
time you put in is going to show the reward that a person deserves. We
got more direction, and more focused on what goals we wanted to accomplish
and we worked harder at it."
No Story this week.