2009-10 Top 10 Cobber Highlights

Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2009-10 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2008-09 athletic season.  

Cobber Top 10

No. 10 - The Cobber men's hockey team breaks an MIAC record for most ties in a conference season. Concordia finished with five ties in league play which eclipsed the old mark of four set on six different occasions and most recently in 2006-07 by Augsburg. CC ended the year with 13 league points which was the most since the 2002-03 season. The Cobbers improved by 10 points in MIAC play from 2008-09 and were only three points shy of making the conference playoffs.

Cobber Men's Hockey Breaks MIAC Record For Ties

No. 9 - Two terrific individual performances spark the Cobber football team to another top 5 finish in the MIAC. The Cobbers started the year by beating nationally ranked Willamette at home 24-17. Defensive back Zach Debeltz returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown. That score proved to be the game-winner over the No.8-ranked Bearcats. He also had a pair of interceptions and a game-high 9.0 tackles.

Later in the year sophomore quarterback Mike Dunham had a quarter for the ages as he entered the game against Augsburg in the fourth quarter and promptly threw for 244 yards and two TD's. In one quarter of play he was 19-for-35 for 244 yards. He also ran for 34 yards. His 244 yards of passing and 35 passing attempts in the fourth quarter is a one quarter record for CC.

Zach Debeltz vs. Willamette | Mike Dunham vs. Augsburg

No. 8 - The Cobber men's basketball team started the season by winning three straight games including a thrilling 54-53 win at DII cross-town rival MSU Moorhead. Concordia then finished the year by winning five consecutive games to post their first winning season since the 2003-04 season. It was also only the seventh winning season in the past 20 years for the Cobbers.

Cobbers Beat Dragons | CC Finishes Year With 5th Staight Win

No. 7 - Women's soccer player Sam Johnson earns the only MIAC MVP of the season for any Cobber athlete in 2009-10. Johnson also went on to become the first soccer All-American in program history.

She scored 11 goals in conference play and had five game-winning goals. She led the MIAC in goals scored, points and game-winning goals. She finished the 11-game conference slate with 11 goals and one assist for 23 points. Johnson was only the second Concordia player to earn the league's top player honor. In total games Johnson scored 22 goals and had three assists for a total of 47 points on the year. That total is the second highest in program history. During the season she also scored in 11 consecutive games which is the longest consecutive game scoring streak in program history.

Sam Johnson Named MIAC MVP | Sam Johnson Named All-American

No. 6 - Women's track standout Leah Kay finishes her career by earning the sixth All-American award of her career. Kay capped her senior season by breaking the school record in the heptathlon and javelin at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Meet at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Kay also earned an All-American honor during the indoor season when she finished seventh in the pentathlon at the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Meet.

Kay's career total of six All-American honors rankes in the top three of the program and tied for NCAA Woman of the Year finalist Angie Pfeiffer.

Leah Kay Earns All-American Honors at NCAA Outdoor Meet

No. 5 - The Cobber men's soccer team doubled their win output in the MIAC from the 2008 season and finished in a tie for fourth in the conference standings - narrowly missing out on a league playoff berth. The Cobbers ended the year by going unbeaten in their final 10 games and not allowing a goal in their final eight games.

Concordia ended the year with an 11-6-1 overall record which was their best in over seven years. The 11 total wins was the most since the 2001 season. The Cobbers' shutout streak to end the year finished at 758:38, the third longest streak in MIAC men’s soccer history.

Cobbers Finish Season By Beating St. John's 4-0

No. 4 - After being picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches' poll, Bucky Burgau's crew made a run at the MIAC regular season title and then had a pair of dramatic games in the conference tournament. The Cobber baseball team finished the regular season with a 14-6 record in league play and won 24 overall games. Their 14 wins in the MIAC was the most since the 2004 season.

The Cobbers beat St. John's in the opening game of the conference tournament by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to win 4-3. CC then lost to eventual champion St. Thomas 7-6 in extra innings after trailing 6-3 in the eighth inning.

Burgau had a milestone year as he picked up his 600th career win as head coach of the Cobbers. He also was named the MIAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career. He was one of two CC coaches in 2009-10 to earn conference coach of the year honors.

Cobbers Rally To Beat St. John's | Burgau Named MIAC Coach of the Year

No. 3 - The Cobber women’s soccer team capped their best-ever season by going on a thrilling run in the NCAA Tournament that took them all the way to San Antonio, Tex. and the Sweet 16. Concordia was perfect in the regular season as they went 9-0-1 in MIAC play and 15-0-1 in overall games.

Dan Weiler’s crew captured their third conference regular season championship in the past four years. CC then won their first-ever NCAA Tournament game and earned a second win as well before falling in the round of 16. Weiler was named MIAC Coach of the Year as well as NSCAA Region Coach of the Year. The team also produced four All-Region players and had their first All-American.

Cobbers Win 2nd Round NCAA Tourney Game | NSCAA All-Region Honors

No. 2 - The Concordia outdoor facility project finally became reality! After years of campaigning and fund raising for the “Update the Jake” project, the goal of 1.5 million in pledges was reached and the initial step of laying down Field Turf on the football field and baseball infield was completed.

The summer of 2010 also saw the paving of two parking lots to the east and south of the “Jake”. The “turf” phase was the first of three that will also see the installation of lights for the football stadium, upgrades for the soccer and baseball facilities and a new locker room.

Ground Breaking | Update the Jake Slide Show | Update the Jake Video

No. 1 - Phil Moenkedick and the entire Cobber wrestling team brought the Concordia program into the national spotlight throughout the entire season. Moenkedick capped the tremendous year by capturing the national championship at the 184-lb weight class at the NCAA National Meet and earning the program’s second NCAA national title. It was also the school’s first national championship in any sport since Annie Cullen won the NCAA crown in 2006.

Moenkedick led the team as CC earned three All-American honors and placed ninth in the nation at the NCAA meet. The ninth-place finish is the highest in program history and best for any Concordia team since the women’s golf team finished second at the 2000-01 national meet.

Honorable Mention:

- The Cobber volleyball team earned a spot in the MIAC playoffs for the ninth consecutive season and ran their streak of consecutive weeks being ranked in the top 25 of the nation to 63 weeks.
- The men’s golf team finished second at the regionally stacked SJU Spring Invite and won the USD Invite in the spring and narrowly missed out on getting an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.
- The women’s basketball team won seven straight games and earned a spot in the MIAC playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. The Cobbers also went 17-5 in league play which marked the 27th consecutive season that Concordia has won at least 10 games in conference play. That streak is the longest in the MIAC.
- Cobber women’s hockey sophomore Katelyn Dold had 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points in all games and 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in conference play. She led the league in scoring and assists in overall games and MIAC contests.