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2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
October 1, 2008

Picture of the Week: Cobber safety Andrew Larson (#2) leads the Concordia defense as they snuff out another run in CC's 24-7 win over Bethel on Saturday. Larson was named the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week and the Cobber defense did not allow a single point against the Royals.


Welcome to the Cobber athletics newsletter. Each week we will post the news items from the in-season Concordia teams.

This Week's Cobber Athletics Calendar | MIAC Weekly Notebook


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This Week's Cobber MIAC Player of the Week

Football: Andrew Larson


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Football: vs. Bethel


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October 1, 2008

Top Note
Women's Soccer

- Concordia is unbeaten in their first ten games of the season. The Cobbers are 7-0-3 which is the longest unbeaten streak to start a season in program history. CC is also 3-0-2 in MIAC play and has only lost twice in the past 31 games against conference opposition. Concordia is currently ranked seventh in the latest NSCAA Central Region poll.


Football (3-1/2-0 MIAC - beat Bethel 24-7)
National Ranking - 25th in the latest D3football.com Poll

- For the second straight week Concordia beat one of the preseason favorites in the MIAC. The Cobbers downed bethel 24-7 on Saturday completing their season sweep of St. John’s and Bethel - who were the top two teams in the MIAC Coaches Preseason Poll. CC is now ranked 25th in the latest D3football.com poll marking the first time they have been ranked in any of the national polls this year.

- Concordia's defense did not allow a touchdown in the game (BU's only score came on a kickoff return) and have only allowed six points in their first two MIAC games again preseason favorites Saint John's and Bethel. The Cobbers are currently leading the MIAC in scoring defense and are second in overall defense, holding league opponents to only 243.0 yards of offense per game.

- Concordia senior running back Cory Johnson (Moorhead, Minn.) posted another 100-yard rushing game against Bethel on Saturday. Johnson rushed for 122 yards against the Royals and now has two 100-yard rushing games in the team’s first four games of the year. He currently leads the MIAC in rushing in conference games with a 100.5 yards per game average.


Volleyball (9-2/2-1 MIAC - beat Macalester 3-0)

National Ranking - 15th in the latest AVCA Poll
- Concordia has two players in the top six of the MIAC in hitting percentage for overall matches. Senior Abby Scheel (Fergus Falls, Minn./Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) and sophomore Valerie Glynn (Fullerton, N.D./Ellendale HS) lead the team in attack percentage in 2008. Scheel is fourth in the conference, hitting at .302 for the year while Glynn is hitting .286 and is currently sixth in the MIAC.

- Cobber junior Maggie Olson (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) has led the team in kills in the past two matches. In the team’s 3-0 win over Macalester on Saturday, Olson had a season-high nine kills. That is the second highest total in her career. She had a 12-kill performance against perennial national power Washington University last season.

- Concordia continues to lead the MIAC in service aces. The Cobbers are averaging 2.43 service winners per set. That is almost one full ace better than the next team in the conference.


Men's Soccer (4-5-0/1-3-0 MIAC - beat St. Mary's 5-0)
- Concordia scored five goals against St. Mary’s on Saturday in their 5-0 win over the Cardinals. It marks the largest margin of victory in an MIAC game since 2001 and is also the most goals scored against a league opponent since the 2001 campaign.

- Cobber sophomore Marco Riboli (Bergamo, Italy) leads the MIAC in assists. He has seven assists in the team’s first nine games of the year. He is also leading in conference games as well as he has posted four assists in the team’s first four league games.

- Concordia senior Justin Foss (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) leads the team in scoring with nine points. He has four goals and one assist on the year. Against St. Mary’s on Saturday he collected a career-high two goals and an assist for five points.


Women's Soccer (7-0-3/3-0-2 MIAC - beat St. Mary's 2-1)
Regional Ranking - 7th in the latest NSCAA Central Region Poll

- Concordia is unbeaten in their first ten games of the season. The Cobbers are 7-0-3 which is the longest unbeaten streak to start a season in program history. CC is also 3-0-2 in MIAC play and has only lost twice in the past 31 games against conference opposition. Concordia is currently ranked seventh in the latest NSCAA Central Region poll.

- Cobber sophomore forward Sam Johnson (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) has scored six goals in the past four games for CC. She currently has nine goals and one assist on the year to lead the team with 19 points. She is currently tied for first in goals scored in all games in the MIAC and is second in overall points.

- The Cobbers lead the MIAC in fewest goals allowed. CC has only allowed four goals in their first ten games and has not given up more than one goal in any of their first ten contests. They have also allowed only two goals in their first five conference games.


Men's Cross Country  (Did Not Compete )


Women's Cross Country   (finished 25th at the Roy Griak Invite)
- For the fourth straight meet of the season Cobber sophomore Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) led the team across the finish line. On Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational, Brenden ran a 23.38.8 and finished in 25th place.

- As a team Concordia finished 24th in the Roy Griak Invite on Saturday. The meet was the largest of the year with 36 NCAA Division III teams competing in the field.


Men's Golf  (finished 18th at the Twin Cities Classic)
- The Cobbers placed 18th at the recently completed Twin Cities Classic. Concordia shot a three-day team total of 938. Their best single round score came in the final day at the White Bear Yacht Club where they fired a 307.

- Concordia senior Erik Weiss (Moorhead, Minn.) led the team at the Twin Cities Classic. Weiss shot a 225 for the three rounds and finished in a tie for 22nd place. His best round came on Monday when he shot an even-par 72 at the White Bear Yacht Club. It was his first par or better round of the season.

- Concordia will now turn their attention to the MIAC Championship Meet. The Cobbers will play in the conference meet on Oct. 4-6 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. CC will be hoping to improve on their fifth place finish from last year.


Women's Golf (finished 4th at the Red River Invite)
- Concordia placed fourth at the Red River Invitational hosted by MSU Moorhead over the weekend. The Cobbers shot a two-day total of 693. Their best round came on Sunday when they shot a 346.

- For the fifth time in the first six meets of the year Concordia was led by senior Afton Pender (Cohasset, Minn./Grand Rapids HS). Pender shot a 159 at the red River Invite and finished in a tie for fifth place. On Sunday she shot her best round of the year, carding a three-over 75. She currently leads the team with an 80.6 average.

- Concordia will now turn their attention to the MIAC Championship Meet. The Cobbers will play in the conference meet on Oct. 4-6 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. CC will be hoping to improve on their fifth place finish from last year.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
MS - at St. Olaf - 2 p.m.

WS - at St. Olaf - 4 p.m.

Friday, October 3, 2008
MXC - at Jimmie Invite at Hillcrest GC - 4 p.m.

WXC - at Jimmie Invite at Hillcrest GC - 4 p.m.

VB - at home vs. St. Olaf - 7 p.m. | Live Video | Live Stats

Saturday, October 4, 2008
WG - at MIAC Championships at Bunker Hills - 8 a.m.

MG - at MIAC Championships at Bunker Hills - 11 a.m.

WS - at home vs. St. Thomas - 2 p.m. | Live Stats

VB - at home vs. St. Mary's - 3 p.m. | Live Video | Live Stats

MS - at home vs. St. Thomas - 4 p.m. | Live Stats

Sunday, October 5, 2008
WG - at MIAC Championships at Bunker Hills - 8 a.m.

MG - at MIAC Championships at Bunker Hills - 11 a.m.

Monday, October 6, 2008
WG - at MIAC Championships at Bunker Hills - 8 a.m.

MG - at MIAC Championships at Bunker Hills - 11 a.m.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008
WS - at Macalester - 3 p.m.

MS - at Macalester - 5 p.m.

VB - at Augsburg - 7 p.m.

     

 

 

 

   

    

                  

   

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