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The Concordian  - November 3, 2000 

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Football wins big, 38-14 over Carleton:
Christopherson wins in last home game of coaching career
Eric Morrow, The Concordian

At halftime of Concordia’s game on Saturday, head coach Jim Christopherson and his wife, Sandy, were presented with Cobber jackets and a blanket.  The gifts were part of a ceremony to honor the coach in his last home game.

Then, in the second half, the Cobber players gave Christopherson a gift of their own. A win.

Concordia put up 28 unanswered points in the second half, as they crushed Carleton 38-14 to send their coach out with the ultimate retirement present. "What a way to finish,” said Christopherson. “What a gift from our players, being my last game here on this field.”

After a lackluster first half, the Cobbers exploded in the second. Senior captain Joel Vettelson got things roling for the Cobs.  Just a few plays into the half, Vettelson picked off Carleton quarterback Jon Groteboer, setting the Cobbers up in the Knights’ territory.  Eight plays later, Len Crouse scored from four yards out, to give Concordia a 10-7 lead. After Carleton scored on a freak 53-yard fumble return to go up 14-10, Concordia came right back to take the lead for good. Quarterback Jeff Hertel hooked up with Raleigh Schmidt for a 33-yard touchdown and a 17-14 Cobber lead. On the Knights next drive, the Cobber defense came up big.  They sacked Groteboer on three straight plays, forcing Carleton to punt deep in their own territory.  A punt return by Matt Palmen, along with an
unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Carleton gave the Cobbers possession on the Knights 13-yard line.  On the next play, Josh Oien bolted into the endzone to give Concordia a 24-14 lead at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Concordia continued their domination.  Hertel connected on a 10-yard fade in the back of the endzone with Adam Strainer, and Jon Doebler bulled his way in for a two yard TD run, as Concordia rolled to the victory. “It feels great,” said senior defensive end Mark Hankel. “We just decided to play out this last game for us, and the seniors, and Coach C. I think we had a lot of fun today.”

Hankel was huge for the Cobbers.  The senior was in the Knights’s backfield the entire game, finishing with 3-1/2 sacks.  For the game, the defense finished with nine sacks.  They also forced four turnovers. “We just pinned our ears back and had some fun,” Hankel said. “We just
went a hundred miles an hour and that’s what playing defense is all about.”

On offense, Oien took the most of a golden opportunity.  Because of injuries, Oien, a third-string running back who has played sparingly in his four years at Concordia, got a chance to play.  He took the most of that chance, rushing for 105 yards and a touchdown. “It’s been nice to step in this game and go out having the best game of my career on our home field,” Oien said.

With the win, Concordia improves to 3-5 overall, and 3-4 in the MIAC. 

The Cobbers will play in the Metrodome on Saturday against Augsburg. Kickoff is at 1 pm.
 

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Women's soccer season ends
Joe Albert, The Concordian

The Concordia women’s soccer team ended their season on Saturday with a 2-1 overtime loss to Bethel.  On that cold and blustery day, Concordia just wasn’t able to muster enough offense to close out their season with a win.

Less than 24 hours earlier, the team played at MIAC champion Macalester and was beat by a count of 4-0.

Posting a 3-7 mark in MIAC competition, the Cobbers ended the season with a final tally of 8-8.  Although they didn’t have the record they’d hoped, the team was in many close games that it just wasn’t able to pull out, according to sophomore Kendra Lee. The Cobbers lost key seniors from last year’s squad, and also added new coach Jim Cella, who coached both men’s and women’s soccer this season. “It was a season of new beginnings,” said Lee.

The Cobbers started the season in strong fashion, winning their first 3 games.  Included in the streak was a big 1-0 win at Luther College. “Luther is a team that doesn’t lose much at home,” said Cella.

The Cobbers first MIAC win came against St. Mary’s. Senior Jordi Kortan scored in overtime for the victory. Remarkably, it was the second straight year that she scored the game-winning goal in overtime to shut down St. Mary’s. In their wins this season, a central theme for the women revolved around the positive aspects of working together as a team to accomplish goals.“We accepted each other’s differences which allowed us to play as a team and do great things on the field,” said Kortan.

Comparing a soccer team to individually talented musicians, Cella said that a bunch of great musicians can be thrown together, but until they learn to play together they won’t be any good. 
“It was fun to watch the smiles on their faces when they realized that playing as a team is good,” said Cella.

“I think that we all liked playing soccer, and we were friends with everyone,” said Kortan, “it made going to practice and games more enjoyable.”

The highpoint of their team play came when they captured the Concordia Invite. On their way to victory in this tournament, Lee matched her school record with 11 points in a game against Viterbo.  Included were 4 goals and three assists. 

Whitney Ostrem and Kortan are the two seniors who ended their college careers on Saturday.  Lee and Cella each noted the importance of the seniors to the team. “She’s been a leading scorer on this team for the last threeyears,” said Jim Cella when asked of Kortan’s importance to the team. 

Kortan was also named an All-MIAC performer her junior year. Cella added that Ostrem was a valuable contributor when other teams focused their attention on Lee and Kortan. “Whitney was probably the most improved player on the team this year,” said Cella. 

And so ends a college career for these two seniors, and another season for women’s soccer.
 

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Volleyballers lose three of four at River Falls
Kara Murray, The Concordian

The Concordia netters started off slowly in their weekend play at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls tournament, losing to UW-River Falls, Bethel and UW-Eau Claire. But the team gradually excelled to its normal standard of play, winning its final game against Hamline. The Cobbers are now 17-15 overall. 
“We played well,” Stacy Scheller said. “We were strong and made a good standing against them.”
In the first match of the weekend, Concordia did not fare well. UW-River Falls, the host of the tournament took advantage of their own court and swept past the Cobbers in three short games 15-4, 15-7, and 15-11. Senior Stacy Davis led the Cobbers’ attack with 11 kills. Junior Leah Sanden added 34 assists. The second match of the tournament did not go much better in favor of Concordia. The Cobbers faced off against Bethel, who they beat in a clincher earlier in the season. During the first game of the match, senior Sam Scariano hurt her ankle and could not finish the tournament.

Although the Cobbers fought hard, Bethel handed them their second loss for the day. Davis again featured a team high with 13 kills and Freshman Stacy Scheller boasted 39 assists for the match.
“We struggled since we are used to having her there,” said Scheller. “We dug deep inside ourselves and decided we had to do it.”
Saturday morning brought new hopes and heartaches for Concordia as they split the second day of tournament action. The first match of the day looked much like the previous day’s games. UW-Eau Claire came on strong and defeated the Cobbers in three games 15-7, 15-9, and 15-5. 

In their final game of the tournament, the Cobbers focused all their energy on the task at hand, and that was beating conference opponent Hamline. Concordia jumped out to the early game lead, winning the first game 15-13. Hamline stuck with the Cobbers and took the second game 15-8. But Concordia composed its attack and finished the match by winning the last two games 16-14 and 15-12. “Our enthusiasm and hard work will really show through in the MIAC tournament,” Scheller noted. “Our team is like a family, we really click. That will give us an advantage over the other teams.”
The Cobbers now look forward to MIAC tournament action this weekend. 
 

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Women's cross Country places second
Nate De Cock, Sports Editor

Women’s cross country placed second at the 2000 MIAC Championship Meet, Saturday at ComoPark in St. Paul.The women placed three runners in the top nine, with senior Heidi Brendan taking second, senior Heather Brendan fourth, and sophomore Katie Martin ninth. The three grabbed All-MIAC honors.
“It was a very good meet,” said head coach Marv Roeske. “Our goal right now is in training through to regionals, but the girls still had great runs.”
The meet was good preparation for the November 11 NCAA Central Regional meet in Waverly, Iowa. “Our goal was to prove we could compete on a national level,” said Roeske. “St. Olaf (who placed first) is ranked fourth nationally, and we were able to hang with them. If we can do the same at the Regional meet, we should be able to qualify for Nationals.”

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Seniors anchor swimming squad
Kim Thronson, The Concordian

The Concordia women’s swimming and diving team is gearing up for another season, with a strong core of returning swimmers as well as a solid batch of new athletes.
There are eight seniors on this year’s team, matched by eight new freshmen, something that head coach Julie Lucier sees as a positive. “The seniors are such natural leaders,” she said. “It’s great to see strong leadership and some new blood.”

Among the strong returners are two-time national qualifier senior Shana Letnes in the breastroke, senior Carrie Bunger in the distance events and sophomore Andrea Ross in the diving events.
The team participated in the St. Thomas relays last weekend, a meet that Lucier said was a pretty low-key way to start the season.“Because the meet was relays, it was hard to compare ourselves to the other teams,” she said.

No team scores were tallied for the meet, so only scores for each individual relay were reported.
Lucier said that one main goal for her team is to improve from their sixth place conference finish the past three years. “We’ve been improving every year, but so has everyone else,” she said.

She added that they also have team goals that focus on team unity, support and spirit. This year, Lucier is using a different approach toward practices and toward the overall team philosophy.
“These new techniques require us to think differently,” she said. “It will be a challenge throughout the season, but I can already see improvement.”

Her team will have their first home meet tomorrow against Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and  St. Olaf. Lucier said that it will be hard to compete with two tough teams this early in the season, but hopes to rise to the challenge. “St. Olaf has been the perennial leader in the conference,” she said.
“They’re going to be a huge challenge for us this weekend.”