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The Concordian  - September 29, 2000 

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Football wins ugly game, beating Macalester 24-14
Eric Morrow, The Concordian

Sloppy.

That one word can be used to describe Concordia's first victory of the season, a 24-14 win over Macalester.

The two teams combined for eight turnovers, in a game that saw numerous touchdowns and scoring opportunities spoiled by interceptions, fumbles and penalties.

But Concordia's Len Crouse rushed for a game high 144 yards, and as a team, the Cobbers gained 283 yards to escape with the win. 

With the win, Concordia improves to 1-1 in the conference and 1-2 overall.

This weekend, they travel to Gustavus, who is also 1-2.  Kickoff is at 1:00 pm.
 

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Men’s soccer wins with defense
Nate De Cock, Sports Editor

Defense swept the Cobber men to victory in their first two match-ups of the MIAC soccer season. On Saturday, Concordia scored late and grabbed a 1-0 victory from nationally ranked Gustavus, and on Tuesday, the Cobbers came from behind to snatch a 2-1 double-overtime win from the jaws of 
St. Thomas.

Against the Gusties, Concordia would bend but it would not break. On paper, undefeated Gustavus held every advantage. The Gusties had 8 shots to the Cobber's 2.  Gustavus had 10 corners to Concordia's 0. The Gusties even had more fouls than Concordia.  But the only statistic that
mattered was the final score: Cobbers 1, Gustavus 0. 

The winning goal was scored in the game's 79th minute, with freshman Jerry Nathan scoring off of an assist by junior Gennard Lombardozzi. The score finished a late Concordia counter-attack, an effort to challeng on an aggressive Gustie team. 

“Our offense likes to capitalize on the other team’s errors,” said freshman goalkeeper Kris Overby. “It took a while, but we eventually found a way to score.”

Overby proved the real hero, with 7 saves to maintain the game's scoreless tie. Coupled with a tough Cobber defense, Overby's performance tamed an intense Gustavus attack, giving Concordia its chance at victory.

“Our defense is solid . . . the strength of our team,” said Overby. "Gustavus threw a lot at us, but couldn’t break through.”

The shutout was the third of the season for Overby and Concordia.

The Tommies proved a more evenly matched opponent than did Gustavus. Concordia posted 17 shots to St. Thomas' 14, each side had 5 corners, and Overby made 9 saves to the 7 by the Tommies' Justin Hockemeyer. 

But the Cobbers again fought a defensive battle, and again scored late to woo victory.

With the Tommies nursing a 1-0 lead, Nathan again provided the offensive heroics, finishing a cross from freshman Jason VanValkenburg to tie the game in the 87th minute. But this time Nathan wouldn't be the only hero for the Cobber offense. 

In overtime, junior Kevin Roos stripped the ball from a St. Thomas defender and proceeded to push the ball past an un-expecting and out-of-position goalie.  The goal gave Concordia its second win in four overtime games and its third win in a row.

“This win was a real confidence boost,” said Overby. “To hang tough and beat teams at the top of our conference proves a lot.  We’re on a roll that hopefully will continue.”

The Cobbers now sit at 5-2-1 on the season, 2-0 in the MIAC.

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Volleyball wins Concordia Invite : 
Cobbers take four out of five and move record to 10-7 overall, 2-2 in MIAC
Kara Murray, The Concordian

Family weekend was busy for everybody, especially the volleyball team which spent Friday and Saturday hosting the Concordia Invitational Tournament.

The Cobbers fared well throughout the tournament, winning four of their five matches to take first. The wins brought Concordia's overall record to 10-6. 

"It was nice to play over family weekend while people were there to watch," said sophomore Katrina Wilberts. "We had quite a few parents there and it was nice to see where everyone was from."

Concordia's exploded in its first match Friday against St. Kate's, winning in three games 15-2, 15-3, and 15-4. 

The Cobbers faced more of a challenge in their second game against Black Hills College. Black Hills took the first two games 15-7 and 15-10. But the Cobbers then rallied  to win the next three games 16-14,  15-8 and 15-1. 

"The weekend was very fun,” said freshman Debbie Slack. "We were intense through the whole match."

In their final competition of the evening, Concordia fought past Huron University, taking the match in five games. The Cobbers took the early lead, beating Huron 15-9. Huron battled the Cobbers to take the next two games 15-13 and 15-14. But again Concordia pulled ahead, taking the last two games 15-9 and 15-7. 

Saturday the action started at 12pm for the Cobbers as they faced Jamestown. The Jimmies handed Concordia its only loss of the weekend, sliding past the Cobbers in three games 15-12, 15-4, and 15-6. 

"We could improve on getting off to a quick start and not digging ourselves in a hole," Wilberts said. "We need to finish the games when we are up and not let the other team get back in when we are up."

Concordia refocused by its 2pm match against South Dakota Tech. The Cobbers dropped their first game 15-13, but intensified in their level of play to win the last three matches 15-4, 15-13, and 15-7. 

"We've been working on going after everything," Wilberts said. "It shows in our wins that we are coming together as a team."

The Cobbers’ winning streak was stifled, however, with a loss to St. Thomas on Tuesday night.  The Cobbers lost in four games 15-3, 12-15, 15-9 and 16-14. 

This weekend Concordia will battle St. Olaf and St. Mary's.  The match against St. Olaf is tonight at 7, and the Cobbers face St. Mary’s tomorrow at 3 p.m.
 
 

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Cross country recovers after U of MN Invitational
Nate De Cock, Sports Editor

Cobber runners staked small plots in the large field of competition last Saturday at the University of Minnesota cross country Invitational.

The men’s team placed 20th out of 38 teams, while the women grabbed 16th out of 42.

For the men, the middle-of-the-pack performance was a little disappointing, a consequence of battered runners and bruised schedules. 

"Our hope was to finish between 12th and 15th," said men's head coach Garrick Larson. "But because of injuries we weren't quite there."

The next few weeks, however, will provide the team with a chance to recover and opportunities to improve. The next team meet is over two weeks away, October 14th at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse.

"It should give us time to get our wheels back," said Larson. "The extra training time is important if we want to be able to pull it all together. If we can, we stand a strong chance to compete with the top
teams at the end of the year."

Though the women faired somewhat better, they also recognized room for improvement.

"We ran some of our better times," said head women's coach Marv Roeske. "Our performance was solid. But the girls know that it wasn't great."

With MIAC's drawing ever near, the goal for the women is to measure their improvement each time out. According to Roeske, they beat some good squads at the U of MN Invite, including North Dakota State and St. Thomas, but were disappointed to finish behind Carleton College, an MIAC
opponent they see themselves battling again down the road.

"In the [MIAC] championships I see us both fighting for second [behind St. John's]," said Roeske. "Our goal here was to finish ahead of them, and I think we could have on a better day. By the end of the season, I think we'll be in better shape to challenge them."

Roeske cited injuries as a concern for his team, but sees a lot of positives in his team to date.

"[Senior] Heidi Brendan has been running well, and [sophomore] Katie Martin has been nothing but solid," said Roeske. "[Sophomore] Kjerstin Larson has also done well. She's been a pleasant surprise."

The men and women each send a few runners today to the Valley City State Invitational. The women run at 3:30 p.m. with the men following at 4:15.

Their next team competitions are Saturday, October 14 at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse Invite.
 

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Men’s golf places second, women third
Kim Thronson, The Concordian

Concordia's men's and women's golf teams completed another successful week of tournament play, capturing second place and third place in their respective tournaments.

The men's team finished in a tie for second place in the Sioux Invite last weekend, despite rain and poor weather conditions. Friday's round of play was cut in half due to the cold weather.

"It was a bad first day because of the weather," first-year student Andrew Beliveau said. "I couldn't feel my hands the last four or five holes."

After Day 1, Concordia was in fifth place, but came back the second day to move up to second place with a total score of 463.

Senior Seth Johnson led the way for the Cobbers with a two-day score of 114.

This weekend the Cobbers will play in the Gustavus Invitational in the Twin Cities, the last tournament before the conference match-up next weekend.

"The team was a little disappointed with the first couple tournaments, but the last couple tournaments we have played well," Beliveau said.

"Our team goal is to finish in the top two in the conference tournament."

According to Beliveau, Gustavus and St. John's will be tough conference match-ups, but the Cobbers hope to finish strong. "Everyone has to play together and click on the same day," he said.

The women's team competed in the Southwest State University Invitational last weekend, finishing third with a team score of 676.

The Cobbers finished five strokes behind Southwest State and two strokes behind St. Thomas, two teams Concordia felt they should've beat.

"We were expected to take first," first-year student Jill Conrad said. "We really struggled as a team."

The Cobbers, fresh off a first place finish in the Dragon/Bison Invitational, found the second place finish a bit of a disappointment.

"We need to really concentrate the next few weeks before the conference tournament," Conrad said. "Our main goal is to be invited back to nationals."

The Cobbers were led by sophomore Tanya Ulvin who finished fourth overall with a score of 163 and senior Jenni Kovash who finished fifth overall with a score of 164.

Kovash also finished first overall in the Dragon/Bison Invitational last weekend with a two-day score of 151.

According to Conrad, the strength of this year's team is their unity. "It is an individual sport, but we come together as a team, and that's our sole focus," she said.