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The Concordian  - September 22, 2000 

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 Sept. 22, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Football loses conference opener at St. Thomas
Eric Morrow, The Concordian

If the Concordia football team was looking to make things hard on itself, its definitely done a good job.

After losing their season opener to Moorhead State University-Moorhead, the Cobbers opened up the conference season last Saturday with a loss to St. Thomas, who used the big play to defeat Concordia 38-22. "They came out and made a few big plays that hurt us," said senior quarterback Jeff Hertel. "They exposed a few things on us defensively and capitalized on it, which was a backbreaker."

The person making those big plays for the Tommies was sophomore running back Jake Barkley.  He torched the Cobbers with touchdown runs of 83, 68 and 75 yards.  For the game, Barkley finished with 272 yards rushing on just 15 carries.

With the Tommies leading 3-0 late in the second quarter, Barkley supplied his first big play of the day.  He took the handoff, ran right towards the sideline, and then cut through the Cobber defense and down the sideline 83 yards to give St. Thomas a 9-0 lead. The Tommies led 16-0 at halftime, and quickly stretched that lead to 23-0 after another big play from Barkley.  This time, Barkley took the
handoff and outraced the Cobber defense 68 yards for the touchdown. The Cobbers would fight back though in the second half.  Senior Adam Strainer caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Hertel, and senior Len Crouse added a one-yard touchdown run, as Concordia cut the score to 23-14.
But that would be as close as the Cobbers would get, as St. Thomas used a long scoring drive and another big run from Barkley to take a 38-14 lead and put the game out of reach.

"I think we were flat in the first half and that put us in a hole whichwas hard to come back from," Hertel said.

Although the Cobbers are 0-2, head coach Jim Christopherson is still optimistic about the season.
"The good thing is the conference race is far from over," Christopherson said. "St. Thomas still has a lot of good teams to play down the way, and we may find ourselves back in the thick of things come November." 

The next action for the Cobbers is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 23, as they take on Macalester.  This game is on family weekend, which will give the Cobbs a chance to get things going in front of family and friends.

"I hope we come out smokin' against the Scots," exclaimed Christopherson.
 

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Soccer teams place first and third: 
Women capture Concordia Invite and men place third at Cobber Classic III
Nate De Cock, Sports Editor

The Concordia women's and men's soccer squads hosted and competed in two tournaments this past weekend, with the women capturing first place at the Concordia Invitational and the men taking third out of four teams at the Cobber Classic III.

For the women, both offense and defense were highlighted in two blowout victories. 

In Concordia's first win, 8-0 over Viterbo University on Saturday afternoon, sophomore Kendra Lee tied her own school record with 11 points on four goals and three assists, and freshman Haley Groce added two goals and three assists to lead the Cobbers. In the second game, on Sunday, the offensive barrage continued with the Cobbers defeating St. Scholastica 5-0. Senior Jordi Kortan started the scoring for Concordia with two goals in the first half, and Lee added two more goals to her
total for the Invite with a pair of netters in the second half. 

Head coach Jim Cella was enthused by his team's performance, and stressed the rarity of having multiple scorers. "Finding good scorers, especially in Division III, is like finding watering holes in the desert," quipped Cella. "If you find one, you're lucky. We've already got two in Kendra and Jordi, and it looks as if we've added another in Haley Groce."

Not to be outdone by her offensive cohorts, sophomore goalkeeper Kathy Braun held Cobber opponents scoreless for the Invitational. Her two saves against Viterbo and six more against St. Scholastica were enough to record her third and fourth shutouts on the young season. 

"Kathy has improved by leaps and bounds since the beginning of last season," said Cella. "[Braun's improvement along with] a key team defensive concept has led to strong defensive showings so far this season." 

The women are 5-1-0 on the season.

The men had tougher going, losing a hard-fought battle on Saturday 3-0 to eventual Classic Champion Nebraska-Wesleyan, and winning a 3-2, double overtime nail-biter over St.Scholastica on Sunday.

Concordia's first game remained scoreless until the game's 40th minute, when Wesleyan's Brad Schweer deflected a shot into the Cobber net. Concordia hung tough until what Cella described as the only clean-goal of the game, again by Schweer, in the 65th minute. Able to muster little
offensively, the Cobbers fell three goals behind late in the second half, and the score held at 3-0 for the remainder of the game.

"The game against Nebraska-Wesleyan was like a good boxing match," commented Cella. "We took our punches, and they took their punches. Their jabs just landed a few more times than ours."

But the Cobber's recovered from their Saturday scoring woes against St. Scholastica on Sunday afternoon. St. Scholastica grabbed two first half leads, but Concordia answered both times to tie the score and send the game into overtime. Junior Kevin Roos kicked the Cobber's first score in
the eighteenth minute, and junior Chance Buzzel added a second goal on a penalty kick later in the first half. Buzzel's was the last score of regulation. 

The first period of overtime was scoreless. But just one minute into the second overtime, freshman Jason VanValkenburg kicked the game winner, hooking a shot into the net with the inside of his foot. 

"The play was quick," said VanValkenburg. "The ball went out of bounds, we threw it in, and I hit it off the bounce towards the far post. It wasn't anything we really practice . . . it just happened."

Cella called it a great play, and believes it to be only one of many indications of his young team's potential. "We've shown signs of brilliance," said Cella. "We've played well in spurts, but we're a team of field rats. If the tumblers click and we find the solution to the lock . . . it will be scary to find out how good we are."

The men's record now stands at 3-2-1.

The Cobber men open the MIAC portion of their schedule at home tomorrow against Gustavus. The men play at 11 a.m. and the women follow with their conference opener at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Gustavus. On Tuesday and Wednesday the men and women continue conference play against St.
Thomas. 
 

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 Sept. 22, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Volleyball feels Ďblast of realityí
Kara Murray, The Concordian

The Concordia volleyballers opened the MIAC with a win over Augsburg on Wednesday, but the challenges of the weekendís St. Benís Invitational proved that wins donít always come so easily. 

The Cobbers flourished against Augsburg, winning their match in four games. Augsburg took an early lead over the Cobbers, winning the first game 15-10. But Concordia focused its efforts to clinch the next three games 15-9, 15-12, and 15-4. 

Senior Sam Scariano led all players with 18 kills for the match. Senior Stacy Davis and Sophomore Katrina Wilberts each added 13 kills for the Cobbers. 

"Augsburg was a good confidence builder for us," Scariano said. "It was good to win our first conference game." 

Four tough matches at the St. Benís Invite, however, tested the Cobbers endurance. 

The Cobbers started their Friday match against Simpson (IA) with a 15-7 win. But Simpson bounced back, winning the next two matches 16-14 and 15-4. Though Concordia managed a 16-14 win in the fourth game, Simpson claimed the final game 15-11 to take the match. 

The Cobbers next test came against Nebraska-Wesleyan. Concordia won the first game of the match 16-14, but succumbed to Wesleyan in the next three games 13-15, 7-15, and 7-15. 

"The weekend was a blast of reality for us," Scariano said. "We came off a winning streak and this told us what we needed to work on." 

Saturday, Concordia fared better, splitting the day's matches. The Cobbers started the day with a decisive 3-0 victory over UW-Steven's Point, winning by scores of 15-6, 15-8, and 15-9. 
Concordia then moved into play with Wartburg. Wartburg kept the upper hand for most of the match, winning the first two games 15-3 and 15-1. Concordia came back in the third game to win 15-9, but fell 5-15 in the final game to lose the match 3-1. 

"We are really working on getting to every ball," said Scariano, who was named to the All- Tournament Team. "We want to make the other team make the mistakes."

The weekend action brought Concordia's record to 6-4 overall. 

The Cobbers host their own  tournament this weekend. Play starts at 4 PM tonight, with the Cobbers facing MIAC foe St. Kate's.
 

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