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Nov. 19, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Disappointing loss ends football season
The game was a defensive battle. Concordia’s defense held Augsburg to just 257 yards of total offense, but its own offense struggled again for the second straight week.
The Cobbers had to play most of the game without starting quarterback junior Jeff Hertel. Hertel left the game with a left separated shoulder late in the first quarter. Junior Jeremy Nordick came in to play for Hertel.
“I had to be ready,” Nordick said. “I have been waiting all year to get a shot at it, and I realized that this was my chance.”
While Hertel was more of an option quarterback who could run or pitch the ball to one of his running backs. Nordick ran for 28 yards, but with his arm strength also threw deep quite a bit.
“There was certain plays I like to take chances throwing to my receivers,” Nordick said. “[junior Adam] Strainer has good height advantage and [sophomore Raleigh Schmidt has great athletic ability. I tried to give them a chance to go out and get the ball.”
The Cobber offense was shut down as the Auggies held Concordia to 126 yards rushing and 131 yards passing.
“I'm not sure why we had trouble running the ball,” said senior Nathan Reiff. “They [the defense] played us well. They kept a lot of people on the line and had a good defensive strategy against us. I think [our] line did a good job. They have done a good job all year.”
Strainer was a bright spot for the Cobbers, leading the receiving core with six catches for 81 yards.
Penalties were a problem for Concordia. The team had nine penalties for 63 yards. Turnovers didn't help the Cobbers either. Concordia's offense had one fumble by Schmidt in the first quarter, and Nordick who was 15-for-29 threw five interceptions.
“I thought I played a decent game," Nordick said. "The five picks didn't help much. We had some penalties that forced us to throw deep to try and get the ball down field.”
In the first half Augsburg missed two field goal attempts. The first attempt sailed wide, and senior Jordan Nesvig and junior Matt Palmen blocked the other attempt to keep the game tied at 0-0. Late in the first quarter Augsburg fans cheered loudly when their team appeared to have taken the lead with a touchdown. However, the touchdown was called back because of an illegal participation penalty.
In the third quarter senior kicker Clayton Horgen missed two field goal attempts that would have given the Cobbers the lead.
The game was scoreless until the fourth quarter when Horgen kicked a 42-yard field goal to give the Cobbers a 3-0 lead.
The Cobber defensive line did its job sacking Augsburg's quarterback six times.
“I thought we did a really good job of making him throw quick passes and keeping him in the pocket,” Hankel said. “He didn't scramble a lot which was a key for us.”
The Auggies came back late in the fourth quarter with a 40-yard halfback option pass from senior Brian Warden to sophomore Mark Johnson for a touchdown to give Augsburg a 7-3 lead with 1:34 left in the game. Concordia’s crowd fell silent after the play.
“It was really tough, everyone on [the] defense took it hard,” Hankel said. “To lose it on a freak play hurt all of us, but those things happen. We have to learn from this and come out next year looking to get back some of those lucky breaks.”
The Cobbers had a chance to march down the field, but couldn't convert
when Nordick threw his fifth interception of the day. With four seconds
remaining to avoid the chance that the Cobbers may force a fumble on the
last play Augsburg's quarterback ran straight back as fast as he could
into the end zone for a safety to finish the game 7-5.
Sports Brief: Cobber basketball begins tomorrow
The men’s team is beginning their season on the road, but will only have to travel across the river to face North Dakota State University. The women’s team on the other hand, is traveling slightly further, opening their season with two games in California.
The women’s team is coming off a 16-9 season, including 15-7 in the MIAC, good for fifth place in the conference. With no seniors on the squad last season, the team was looking to make a run at the MIAC title, but the loss of three inside players hurt their cause quite a bit.
The men’s team is looking to avenge a disappointing
5-19 season, and a 3-17, tenth place finish in the MIAC. The team has
also lost three key players, but strong recruitment and off season improvement,
has created a lot of buzz surrounding the team entering their 1999-2000
season. The men’s game begins at 7 p.m. at NDSU.
Men's hockey stays on winning streak
The Concordia men's hockey team swept St. Mary's in two games last weekend to remain undefeated in four games so far this season. “We're pretty excited to get the first four wins because we have a lot of tough games coming up in the conference,” freshman Brian Nelson said. Concordia fell behind early in Friday's game, but came back to win 3-2. “We started out kind of nervous,” Nelson said. “We decided as a team that we should pick it up a little bit.”
Nelson scored to tie the game at 1-1, but St. Mary's scored again in the first period to take a 2-1 lead. Junior Mike Gast scored in the second period to deadlock the score at 2-2.
“After their first goal we started playing a lot better,” head coach Steve Baumgartner said. “We played pretty well defensively, we just made a couple mistakes.”
Senior Derek Selch broke the tie by scoring the game-winning goal in the third period to put the Cobbers ahead for good.
“I think this was a first taste of tough competition,” Selch said.
“These wins are huge. We're the only team in the MIAC that has got all eight of their points so far.”
Saturday's game was the same story.
“Our goal was to get out on them early because they were struggling,” Baumgartner said.
And the Cobbers did just that.
Concordia had a 3-0 lead before St. Mary's was even allowed to score their only goal of the game. The Cobbers ended up with a 5-1 victory. “We got our wins against them that we needed to,” Baumgartner said. “Our guys were focused and worked hard.”
Seniors Guy Clairmont and Jason DiMatteo each racked up a goal and two assists and junior goalie Bryan Howard had 39 saves over the two games. “I don't think there's a better goaltender than Bryan Howard in the league,” Baumgartner said. “He made some great saves that kept us in the game.”
Despite the wins, the Cobbers still have areas they need to improve on. “We had way too many undisciplined penalties in the second period,” Baumgartner said. “We played only about five minutes at full strength, but we settled down in the third period and took control.” The Cobbers will be heading into this weekend's home stand playing two tough teams, UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point.
“It's going to be tough,” Selch said. “The Wisconsin league is a lot more established.”
These teams are made up of junior players who have quite a bit of experience.
“These guys are going to be bigger, older and more mature,” Baumgartner said. “It's a definite challenge. If you want to go to a national tournament, these are the guys you have to play against.” The games will also be more physical.
“We have to be able to take hits and give hits,” Baumgartner said. “I don't think we'll have a problem.”
The puck drops tonight and tomorrow night at 7 in the Moorhead Sports Center.
Women's hockey dominates in home debut
Concordia’s women’s hockley team was successful in their home opener over the weekend. The team blasted past Iowa State in front of a home crowd for the first time as a varsity sport.
Welcomed to their home ice, in the Moorhead Sports Center, the cheering crowd watched as the team blasted past Iowa State. The Cobbers topped Iowa, both Saturday and Sunday of the series, bringing their winning streak up to 4-0, a fantastic start for the newly formed varsity team. Many supporters came out for the home opener, including President Thompson. The crowd support was much appreciated by the players according to sophomore Mary Beth Teeters.
“It was really cool,” Teeters said. “There were a lot of people, which was encouraging to see. I didn't think anybody would be in the stands.” Friday night the Cobbers entered the game unsure of what to expect from Iowa State. However, their fears subsided after 2 minutes and 26 seconds into the first period, when Sandra Johansson scored with assists by Annie Knierim and Shyla Wilson. Concordia continued to dominate with successive scoring from Kristie Stahl and Lindsay Hanson. Adding assists were Anna Graftstrom, Wilson, Teeters, and Whitney Ostrem.
“We weren't sure what to expect from them,” Teeter said. “We knew we didn't want to play down to their level.”
Concordia maintained their domination in the second period with three more unanswered points. Johansson scored two more goals giving her a hat trick for the opener. Kate Anderson added another goal on an assist from Anna Graftstrom. The Cobbers ended the second period ahead 6-0. Shelly Buchholtz scored for Concordia in the third period. Then Knierim scored two goals with assists from Buchholtz, Johansson, and Stephanie Butenhoff. They ended the game with the 9-0 win, Jill Leonetti's second shutout of the season. The Cobbers topped Iowa State with shots on goal 42-14 for the game.
“We have lots of new freshman with experience,” said Teeter. "The talent level has gone up since last year.”
On Sunday, the Cobbers skated into the lead right away with a goal by Buchholtz. Next Stahl and Johansson scored goals from assists by Katie Jacques. Anderson scored the forth goal for the Cobbers on an assist from Graftstrom.
Iowa State scored early on in the second period, but the Cobbers extended their lead further with three goals. Johansson scored from an assist by Jeni Nigg and Jacques scored with the assist by Joansson. Knierim added Concordia's last goal of the game from assists by Buchholtz and Johansson.
“Its fun to see us start to come together as a team,” said Teeter. Iowa State tried to build some momentum in the third period, but only scored one goal too little too late to overtake the Cobbers. Concordia won 7-2 against the club team.
Next weekend the Cobbers travel to River Falls for a weekend series in hopes of continuing their winning streak.
“We need to take one game at a time,” said Teeter. “We can't underestimate
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Cross country teams wrap up seasons at regional tournament
Two ninth place finishes at the NCAA Division III Regional Meet for the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams echoed the same feelings: satisfied, but not content.
A ninth place finish for the women meant dropping a spot from their eighth place finish last year, and although ninth place is the highest the men have ever finished at regionals, they were shooting for the top six.
Women's Cross Country
"It didn't go as well as we had hoped," said senior Cindy Carstens. "But it was still respectable- just getting in the top ten is respectable." There were 24 teams at the regional meet in Wartburg. Carstens said the women's team had a good shot at places five through seven and were hoping to get in the top four in order to advance to nationals.
"We set pretty high goals," said women's head coach Marv Roeske. "They can look back and see that they did everything they could do. They shouldn't have any regrets."
Freshman Katie Martin was the first finisher for the women Cobbers with a 5k time of 19:19. She placed 23rd in Regionals and was the second freshman in the whole meet to finish.
Junior Heather Brendan followed Martin in 19:23. She credited her impressive race to "having a strong finish, having good mile splits, and just feeling good."
Carstens, junior Heidi Brendan, senior Barb Breidenbach, freshman Heather Schulstad, and junior Carly Heupel rounded out the Concordia scorers. Carstens ended the season with her best senior year race. "I always peak at the last meet," she said. "Plus I knew it was my last race ever."
Carstens has been running Cross Country since the seventh grade. Although the women's team didn't place as high as they'd hoped, Carstens feels the team was physically well-prepared for the meet. "We did a lot of morning runs and got in the weight room," she said. "Marv did a lot of research looking at other teams' workouts and other workout plans for us."
Roeske is now looking forward to next year when ten of the top 16 runners in the region will have graduated. "Next year is a wide open year," he said.
Men's Cross Country
"I think we were a little bummed out about [the ninth place finish]," said junior Chris Goebel. "Mentally, we were ready, physically, we were ready, but when the day of the race got here, we didn't have it." A sixth place finish at regionals had been in reach for the men's team. Goebel said three of the teams that beat them at regionals had consistently finished under Concordia at meets throughout the season. Junior Steve Edlund said it was "completely amazing" that their team finished as high as ninth when "we didn't run to our complete potential."
Edlund finished first for his team with a time of 27:01 for the 8k race. "I was pretty pleased with my race," he said.
"Regions is what we had our sights set on," said Edlund. "There were a couple of teams from the MIAC who didn't do well at conference and beat us at Regionals."
Both the women's and men's regionals were held at Wartburg College.
"We thought we knew the course like the back of our hands," said Goebel.
"We talked about how we'd run and where we wanted to be at each of the
mile points. Right now, nobody can put a finger on what happened."
Swimming and diving continues success
With a new head coach at hand, the Concordia women's swim team fell into their groove to beat both St. Ben's and Moorhead State over the weekend. Coach Julie Lucier was named head coach in June of 1999. A graduate from Concordia in 1992, Lucier has since coached in both Marshall and Moorhead Minnesota. The level speed and drills at the Division III level of Concordia are much the same as the high school level she was used to coaching at, according to Lucier.
"She's a wonderful addition to our team," said Junior Shana Letnes. "She's young and has many new ideas."
The Cobbers, who are only beginning their fourth year of existence, saw a great improvement from last year at this time. Concordia suffered a huge loss to St. Ben's last year of 163-78. They came back and beat both Moorhead State and St. Ben's for an awesome meet.
"We just came together and beat them," said Letnes "This was probably the biggest accomplishment in our existence."
Letnes also had a personal accomplishment over the weekend of breaking her own pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke and beating National qualifying time with 1:08.07. According to Letnes, this is not a personal best by any means.
"Being at a 1:08 at November 8th is a good time for this part of the season." Letnes said. "It's better than my conference time freshman year, but it's not a best time."
The Cobbers will be making their way to Minnesota State tomorrow to take on many Division I schools such as Notre Dame. According to Lucier, this meet is extremely competitive.
"A lot of those girls will be in the Olympics next summer," said Lucier. "Our goal is to get our fastest times at that meet."
Following Friday's meet, they will go against Gustavus on Saturday.
Gustavus should be in the top three in the conference, so they will be
the Cobbers toughest duo of the season, according to Lucier. "I think we
can beat Gustavus," said Letnes. "They are not a very well-rounded team.
Our team is more well-rounded throughout the events."
Two wrestlers participate in NDSU meet
The Cobber Wrestling squad opened its 1999-2000 season last Saturday at NDSU. Two sophomore grapplers, Zach Schroeder and Aaron Swartz, participated in the event, placing fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 133 pound weight class.
This years team is young, with sophomores making up over half of the group. Only one junior and one senior lead the Cobbers into this season, but the team still expects to be successful, especially with more experience under its belt.
“We had a good recruiting class last year,” said Schroeder. “Its a tough jump initially from high school to college, but with the confidence and mental toughness gained last year, I know well be much more competitive this year. We will be exciting to watch.” Along with new recruits, the returning members have worked to improve during the offseason.
“The kids have been working hard,” said head coach Doug Perry. “They really have improved a great deal and the season will definitely be an exciting one.”
Not only does the team itself hold promise and potential for an exciting season, but this years schedule is filled with exciting tourneys and events, the likes of which have never before been seen at Concordia. The season will feature the First-Annual Cobber Invitational, scheduled for Saturday, December 4. The Invitational will feature last years Division III National Champion Northern Montana, and national qualifier University of Mary.
Also to take place at Concordia this year is the North Country Tournament on Saturday, January 8, and the MIAC Conference Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, February 26.
With such great opportunities to see prime wrestling competition, it is the hope of coaches and players alike that Concordia this year will see more fan support than ever.
“We will be a fun team to watch, “ said Schroeder. “And with a growing fan support, we will see some special things happen.”