Concordia senior Kayte McGuire challenges for the ball during the Cobbers' 4-1 win over Principia (Ill.) on Friday.
Cobbers Explode In Second Half!


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MOORHEAD, Minn. (9/11/09)-- No.22-ranked Concordia exploded for three goals in the second half and turned a 1-1 halftime tie into a 4-1 win over Principia (Ill.) on Friday. The Cobbers received breakaway goals from Sue Obermiller, Sarah Rounds and Kelsey Swagger to cruise to their third straight win to start the season. It is the first time since the 2003 season that the Cobbers have started the year with three straight victories. Last year CC was unbeaten in their
first 10 games but tied their first, fifth and sixth games.

Concordia got on the board first when Megan Rice notched her first goal of the season at 16:35. Abby Habein and Sam Johnson collected assists on the play. Habein would go on to grab two more and assists and Johnson would grab another helper.

Principia (2-2-0) tied the game less than for minutes later when Alici Girbis-Pierce took a pass in the middle of the Cobber defense and put the ball into the net. Cristina Post was credited with the assist on the play.

The Cobbers were able to outshoot the Panthers 5-3 in the opening 45 minutes of play. Concordia head coach Dan Weiler made a few key adjustments at halftime and the second half belonged to CC. Concordia was able to carve up the back of the Principia defense on balls played behind the flat defensive line. Obermiller was the first to exploit the opening as she ran on to a ball from Habein and slotted the ball past Panther goalie Mel Stein at 45:31. Rounds added the second goal of the period just 7:23 later when she broke free from 30 yards out and knocked the ball into the side of the net. Swagger finished off the scoring when she broke free from the right side and pushed the ball into the far side of the net for her first collegiate goal. The wing defender's tally at 76:21 sealed the win for Concordia.

Girbis-Pierce was active in the second half as well as she had several good looks from around the Cobber penalty area. Girbis-Pierce finished with a game-high five shots in the game.

The Panthers outshot Concordia 12-9 in total shots and both teams had six shots on goal. The Cobbers held a 6-1 edge in corner kicks for the game. CC goalie Ali Nelson stopped five shots to earn her second win of the season. Stein had two saves for the Panthers.

Concordia will finish off the Concordia Invitational when they host St. Scholastica on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.