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Oct. 17, 1997 
VolleyballSoccer  | Football | Cross Country 

 Sixth win for the Cobbers 
Concordia now the only undefeated football team in MIAC 
Vic Quick 
Concordias football team defeated St. Thomas on Saturday by the score of 28-7. In doing so, they remain the only unbeaten team in the MIAC with a record of 6-0, 5-0 in the conference. The Cobbers are now ranked second in the Division III west region poll, tied with Simpson of Iowa for the second-place spot. 

Concordia and St. Thomas battled back and forth Saturday for the first quarter with no points scored by either team. However, the Cobber defense forced a fumble deep in Tommie territory. The turnover helped set up an Ethan Pole, junior, to senior Tory Langemo nine yard touchdown score. Halfway through the second quarter, freshman Len Crouse scored from six yards out to make it 14-0, Concordia. This stood as the halftime score. 

In the second half, the Cobber defense and ground game continued to dominate. However, Mark Warder scored on a 16 yard pass from sophomore 
Greg Kaiser to make it 14-7. With 3:46 left in the quarter, Pole went up 
to Langemo and the two connected on their second score of the day. This time the damage was done from 53 yards out. The Cobbers led by a score of 21-7. With 12:18 left in the game, Pole helped seal the win with a 38 yard touchdown run. 

Pole and senior Jeff Gronner were named MIAC offensive and defensive players of the week. The Cobber defense held St. Thomas to -8 yards rushing, a very impressive total for the day. While the defense was stuffing the Tommies ground game, the Cobber ground game broke loose for 268 yards on the day. Senior Dan Steinbeisser ran for 64 yards on the day on 17 carries. However, he injured a knee which kept him out of second half action. Steinbeisser will also miss this weeks game against St. Johns. Freshman Marcus Ludtke ran for 95 yards on 14 carries. Crouse also piled up 90 yards rushing on the day. Langemo caught three passes for 75 yards, including the big one for the 53 yard touchdown. Pole threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Cobber defense sacked Tommie quarterback Greg Kaiser 11 times. Gronner had four of those sacks. Senior Jon Jasken and junior Lance Larson added three of their own. "It was a team victory," said head coach Jim Christopherson. "Our defense shut them down, and then our offense controlled the game and put 28 points on the board." 

This week the Cobbers are home as they face St. Johns. The Cobbers have not beaten the Johnnies since 1990. But they tied the Johnnies in 1995 for a share of the conference title. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Jake Christiansen Stadium. 

Soccer struggling 

You win some, you lose some, as the saying goes. It's a saying Concordia's soccer teams can relate to all too well. Unfortunately, the latter has occurred more than usual lately. 

Another conference loss Saturday seems to indicate the men's soccer team is in a bit of a slump. And after falling to St. Mary's, Winona, and Augsburg this week, the women's team is experiencing the same hardships. 

St. Mary's shut out both Concordia teams last Saturday. The men's game was scoreless until the 68th minute, when St. Mary's scored the only goal of the game. 

"We played well," said head coach Jim Cella. "But sometimes you have good breaks, sometimes you have bad breaks." 

The men's team is 7-4 overall, and an even 3-3 in the conference with six games left. Concordia hosts St. Olaf Saturday at 3:30 in another conference match-up. "I just hope the field will be dry," said Cella. "If it rains, we'll be out there with hair dryers drying it off." According to Cella, wet conditions "killed (them) the last two games." 

St. Mary's also had a 2-0 victory over the Cobber women Saturday. Concordia then fell to Winona, 3-1 Sunday, and 2-1 to Augsburg Wednesday. 

Junior Nikki Nielsen scored for the Cobbers against Winona, tying the game before halftime. But Winona added two goals in the second half to take the victory. 

Concordia forced Augsburg into overtime Wednesday with a 1-1 tie. Sophomore Allison Daehlin scored Concordia's only goal. Augsburg's goal in overtime gave them the victory. 

The women stand at 5-8 overall as they face St. Olaf Saturday in Northfield. 

Breidenbach, Keating lead cross country teams 

Junior Barbara Breidenbach finished 29th at the Central Regional Preview Meet at St. Olaf Saturday, leading the Cobbers with a time of 20:07. Concordia finished 11th overall.  Nebraska Wesleyan won the 13 team meet, followed by St. Olaf and St. Benedict. 

Other Concordia finishers include: 67, freshman Heidi Brenden 20:53; 93,  sophomore Cindy Carstens 21:20; 114, sophomore Stephanie Collins 21:42; 118, sophomore Joanne Maki 21:43; 138, freshman Lori Lotthammer 22:07; 141, senior Mollee Ludtke 22:08; 155, Amy Wick 22:24; 158, sophomore Kelly Shannon 22:28; 178, freshman Shelby Blixt 22:52; 183, freshman Susan Barrett 22:57; 191, freshman Shana Letnes 23:23; 194, senior Linsey Barnett 23:28; 203, sophomore Crystal Annette 23:50; and 219, senior Nicki Camp 25:04. 

Senior Bill Keating led the Cobbers with 27:01, good for a seventh place finish at the Central Regional Preview Meet at St. Olaf. Concordia placed 8th of 14 teams.  Other Concordia finishers include: 44, freshman Chris Goebel 28:32; 74, freshman Martin Conterez 29:20; 86, freshman Brett Ramstad 29:20; 134, junior Nathan Voxlandd 31:00; 138, junior Dan Bjerknes 31:20; 154, freshman Frederick Swanson 32:03; 155, junior Ernst Visscher 32:07; and 175, freshman Josh Johnson 34:18.