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The Concordian  - October 6, 2000 

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Football falls to big play
Eric Morrow, The Concordian

So far this season, the big play has killed the Concordia football team.

Last Saturday's game against Gustavus was no different. This time, Gustavus used big plays from its defense and special teams to pull out a 39-22 victory before an excited homecoming crowd in St.
Peter, Minn. "We've given up the big play," said head coach Jim Christopherson. "That seems to have been our big problem in the three games we've lost."
In the second quarter, the Cobbers used a seven play, 85-yard drive, capped off by a 45-yard touchdown run by Len Crouse, to cut the Gustavus lead to 10-7. But that is when the Gusties struck back. On the ensuing kickoff, Gustavus's Andy Traetow broke a number of tackles on his way to a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. On the first play of the Cobbers next possession, the Gusties Joe Arlt picked off Jeff Hertel's pass and returned it 29-yards for the touchdown. Suddenly, Gustavus led 23-7.

"We don't get off to really great starts," said senior Joel Nelson. "When we’re down by ten points, we have a different game plan, and we get out of our rhythm."

The Cobbers would battle back though, as Hertel connected with Adam Strainer for a 56-yard touchdown pass, and Crouse added an 11-yard TD run, to cut the Gustavus lead to 26-22 at the half.
That would be as close as the Cobbers would get though, as Gustavus's Joe Thorvig  hooked up with Ryan Hoag for two second half touchdown passes to preserve the win.

For the game, Crouse led the Cobbers with 15 carries for 109 yards, while Strainer added 5 catches for 125 yards.
With the loss, the Cobbers fall to 1-2 in the MIAC, and 1-3 overall.  The loss also delivers a serious blow to the Cobbers hope of a conference championship and a playoff birth.

"It's a big disappointment," Nelson said. "We worked hard all last year and in the off-season to build up to our goal of an MIAC title. We're just going to play to have fun."

The Cobbers next action will be at 1 pm this Saturday, Oct. 7, as they take on Hamline at Concordia’s Homecoming.

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Soccer teams going in different directions
Nate De Cock, Sports Editor

A roller coaster ride. 
That is the metaphor to describe the highs and lows of a soccer season, and Concordia's soccer teams are experiencing both right now. 

The Cobber men are sitting atop the MIAC with a 3-0 record after their 1-0 win over Carleton on Saturday. The women, however, have not fared so well, and after their 2-1 loss to Carleton on Friday, are 0-3 in the MIAC and second to last in the conference standings.

For the men, the win over Carleton continued a trend of late-game heroics. Junior Chance Buzzel's goal in the game's 79th minute made this the third straight game in which the Cobbers have either tied the score or taken the lead in the final 11 minutes of regulation. At the time of Buzzel's kick, the Cobbers were short handed because of an earlier red card violation. But scrappiness filled the void as Buzzel scored amidst a scramble of bodies in front of the Carleton goal. Five players found themselves on the ground inside the six-yard box, and somehow the ball found its way into the net.

The Cobbers have four consecutive one-goal victories. Their record is 6-2-1 overall.

The men may be riding high, but Concordia's women are facing a tough climb up the conference hill after losing their third straight game in the MIAC.

The Cobbers scored first against Carleton, with sophomore Meghan Hansen scoring her first goal of the year at 49:43. Concordia held its lead for ten minutes until Carleton's Morgan Russell-Dempsey, off a pass from Mutebi Birungi, beamed the ball into the Cobber net. Birungi later produced the game winner with just under 14 minutes left to play, finding herself alone in front of the net and forcing a kick past a diving Concordia goalkeeper, junior Kathy Braun.

The loss was their second in a row by only one goal. 

“It was another frustrating loss,” said sophomore Meghan Hansen. “We must have hit the post three times . . . Things just weren’t going our way.”

Hansen notes that the team has a tendency to get down on itself when the other team scores, and that they must do a better job of focusing in such situations.  The key to turning their losses to wins, Hansen stresses, is to keep fighting.

“We need to keep our heads up,” Hansen said. “We have the potential to
do well, but it’s just not happening right now.”

The women's Tuesday game against the University of Minnesota-Moorhead was postponed until Tuesday, October 10, at 4:30 p.m. 

The Cobbers now stand at 5-4-0 on the season. Concordia travels to Winona tomorrow to play St. Mary's.  The women start at noon, with the men afterwards at 2. 

On Sunday, both teams continue their homecoming celebration, hosting the Alumni in their annual match-up.  The women open at 1 p.m. and the men follow at 3.
 

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Volleyball bumped around in MIAC
Kara Murray, The Concordian

Coming off their first place finish at the Concordia Tournament the Cobbers struggled through a challenging week of volleyball, dropping three straight games. 

"St. Thomas, St. Olaf, and St. Mary's are all up in the top of the conference," said senior Stacy Davis. "It was a tough week."
The week began for the Cobbers with a game against St. Thomas. The Tommies took the upper hand right away in the first match of the game winning 15-3. Concordia regrouped in the second match to win 15-12. But St. Thomas pulled together to take the remaining two games 15-9 and 16-14.

On Friday night the Cobbers faced off against the Olies for an exciting match up. Concordia edged St. Olaf in the first game 15-12. Then the Oles pulled ahead in the second and third games to win 15-9 and 15-11. The Cobbers flew past St. Olaf in the fourth game 15-2, but the fifth game left Concordia short.  St. Olaf had the win by a 15-13 score. 
"St. Olaf was probably the best game of the week," Davis said. "We really stuck together as a team and went hard for everything."

Saturday, the Cobbers went into action yet again, hoping to best St. Mary's. But Concordia was disappointed as St. Mary's swept the Cobbers in three straight games 8-15, 7-15, and 7-15. 
Davis led the Cobber attack with 12 kills and Leah Sanden added 28 assists.

"We are working on getting stopped and explosive movement to the ball," Davis said. "We play really good defense and if we could improve, we would be hard to stop."

The Cobbers now look ahead. Davis sees success in her teammates, describing the team as hard working, dedicated, and ready to have some fun.
"We have a really close team," Davis noted. "Since we have only six home games we are all kind of in the same boat, dealing with being stressed out on assignments and everything."

On Tuesday, however, Concordia returned to the win column, handing Bethel its first conference loss this season.

Concordia is now10-9 overall and 2-4 in the MIAC.
 

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