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2007 Cobber Women's Soccer - Game Recaps
Concordia gave up two goals in the second half and lost 2-1 to Carthage (Wis.) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cobbers scored a goal in the 32ns minute of play but then allowed two goals less than 12 minutes apart in the deciding half and fell for the second straight season in the opening round of play in nationals.

Second Half Setback!


Gameday Scoreboard:

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Game Stats: Concordia vs. Carthage Box Score - Now Online!


NCAA Playoffs Journal: Road to the NCAA Playoffs Journal

NCAA Regional Website: NCAA Regional Wesbsite

Opponent's Website: Carthage Women's Soccer


Gameday Rewind:

Photo Gallery: Concordia vs. Carthage Photo Gallery - to follow!

Game Stats: Concordia vs. Carthage Box Score - Now Online!


Gameday Game Recap:

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (11/10/07)-- Concordia gave up a pair of goals in the second half against Carthage on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Eau Claire, Wis. and lost 2-1. It is the second straight season the Cobbers have lost in the first round of the national playoffs. Carthage advances to the second round where they will face Wartburg, who upset top-seeded UW-Eau Claire 2-0 in the first game of the day.

The first half belonged to Concordia as they were able to get the ball wide and create chances by serving balls into the middle of the field to find the wide open spaces. Carthage countered by creating chances off of long throw-ins and corner kicks.

The Cobbers had a pair of chances just miss in the first 30 minutes of play before finally breaking onto the scoreboard in the 32nd minute. Susan Obermiller won the ball in the middle of the field and drew two defenders to stop her from attacking. Obermiller then laid a perfect pass to Sam Johnson through the back of the Carthage defense to send Johnson free on a breakaway. Johnson took the pass in stride and dribbled towards the goalie before releasing a shot from 12 yards out that hit the inside of the lefthand post and spun into the goal. For Johnson it was her ninth goal of the year.

The second half belonged to Carthage (16-4-1) as they stepped up their intensity in the middle of the field and were able to keep the Cobbers from playing the ball wide. Concordia's defense kept the Lady Reds pushed to the outside and didn't allow any shots from in close for the first 15 minutes of the period.

The game changed in the 64th minute after Carthage had a throw-in deep in Concordia's end. The ball was played in to Debbie Kozlowski who lofted a shot/cross towards the goal that flew over Cobber goalie Britt Reiersgord and settled into the far side of the net. The goal at 63:59 completely changed the tone of the game as it looked like Concordia was going to be able to hold off the Lady Reds for the one-goal win.

Two pivotal plays in the next 12 minutes proved to settle the outcome of the game. At the 74:30 mark, Johnson was once again played free behind the Carthage defense on the right side of the penalty area. She cut the ball back to the middle of the field to elude three oncoming defenders. Just as she was about to shoot the ball from 10 yards out with just the goalie to beat, a fourth defender stepped over to block the shot out of bounds.

Infused with energy from the goal and the breakaway stop, the Lady Reds poached the game-winner at 75:40. After a corner kick dropped inside the CC penalty area and just six yards out from goal, the ball was pinballed around in front of the goal by both teams before Jackie Peterson stepped up and poked the ball into the net.

The final 14:20 were played in the Carthage end with the Cobbers trying to put the ball into the penalty area and the Lady Reds content to play defense and try to get a counterattack to take time off the clock.

In the end, Carthage outshot Concordia 9-8 overall and 5-4 in shots on goal. Carthage held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. CC keeper Britt Reiersgord made three saves on the day, while Lady Reds goalie Lindsay Bollmen turned aside three shots.

The Cobbers finish their season with a 16-4-1 record, which sets a program record for most wins in a season.

 


 

 


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