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The Concordian Sports

Nov. 1, 1996

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Football's Eli Schuff

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Women's Soccer : Defense Secures Another Win
Rob Fannon, 11/01/96

On its own field, the womenās soccer team had yet another win against visiting Hamline on Saturday. Hamline, who hasn't won a game yet in the MIAC conference, was a bit overwhelmed at the power the Cobbers delivered.

The Lady Cobbers were coming off a 1-0 victory over St. Maryās, which is ranked 6th in the region but was shut-out by the Cobber defense. The last time the Cobbers faced Hamline they won 3-0.

Freshman Allison Daehlin was the first and only scorer of the first half in this yearās Hamline game. The women came right out the second half and scored another set of goals, the first by Daehlin and the next by Britt Neilsen. "We had a really great season and we showed it well in our victory over Hamline. We play great as a team," said junior defender Jeanette Wells, who scored the fourth goal of the game.

The last goal of the game came from sophomore Sonya Degerness. This was her first of the season. The game could not have been won so easily if not for the contribution of junior Angie Tohm. Tohm tied the record for the most assists in a game. Four out of the fivegoals in the game were assisted by Tohm. The Cobber defense, led by senior Kari Eissinger, freshman Julie Fretheim and senior Kelly Morehead, secured yet another shut-out for sophomore goalkeeper Amy Gentz and the team. Dean Hashbarger, head coach of the women's soccer team, was very impressed with the rising talent on the team.

"Julie Fretheim and Rachel Reick just seem to be getting better and better the more they play," said Hashbarger. Since the Cobbers led for most of the game, many of the non-starters were given playing time. The victory over Hamline gives the team power for tomorrowās game against Moorhead State.

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Football : Pride Motivates Rest of Season
Vic Quick, 11/01/96

Breaking a three-game losing streak, the Concordia football team defeated Augsburg 30-14 here last Saturday. "It was actually a fun game to play, being in the mud, getting dirty," said senior halfback Eli Schuff.

The Cobbers got things rolling early as senior wide receiver Tory Langemo scored on a 29-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Ethan Pole to give the Cobbers a 7-0 lead. Langemo added six more catches during the game and gained 118 receiving yards. Freshman defensive end Clayton Horgen then added his first of three field goals before the half, giving the Cobbers a 10-0 lead heading into halftime.

In the fourth quarter, Schuff ran 59 yards for a touchdown. Schuff ended up with 161 yards in 28 carries for the day. Prior to the Augsburg game, the Cobbers traveled to St. Johnās and suffered a 39-34 loss. The Cobbers scored first when Langemo scored on a seven yard pass from Pole.

The Cobbers led at halftime, 21-20. According to some key players, many questionable calls were made in the second half. For example, with approximately six minutes left in the game, the Johnnies led 39-27 and Concordia had the ball at the Johnnie 11-yard line. Pole passed to Langemo, and some say there was pass interference, but no call was made. "I truly think, after reviewing the films, there were some questionable calls," said Schuff.

The Cobbers tried to mount a scoring drive in the last minutes of the game, but St. Johnās prevailed. Although Concordia has been eliminated from the Division III title race, they are still motivated. "Itās our goal to be the best team in the MIAC at the end of the season, and with our injuries healing up, we still have a chance," said head coach Jim Christopherson.

This week Concordia will be on the road to Hamline. "We like to play and we play hard. Weāll finish the season strong," said Horgen.

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Men's Soccer Ranked High for Playoff Spot
Andy Pratt, 11/01/96

Moving to 8-1 in the MIAC, the Concordia menās soccer team defeated Bethel in St. Paul on Wednesday, 8-0. The Cobbers overall record is 11-3-1, ranking them 18th for playoff bids.

Last Saturday, the Cobbers defeated St. Johnās 2-1. That conference win gives Concordia a two-point lead over St. Olaf and a three-point margin over St. Thomas as of Wednesday. Over midsemester break the Cobbers took a long road trip, which started with a game at Roanoke College in Virgina on Oct. 20. Roanoke defeated the Cobbers 3-0, scoring early in the 5th minute and adding more goals in the 32nd and 51st minutes. "We had a lot of travel to do, so we came out flat and they scored right away," said head coach Jim Cella. The next day the Cobbers were in North Carolina for a game against Greensboro College. Control of the game see-sawed between both sides, and the game resulted in a tie. It was a physical game, with Concordia committing 25 fouls to Greensboroās 19. "The Greensboro game was one of the best games I have ever been involved in," said Cella. "[Brian] Johnson broke the goalieās foot on a goal, Micah Benson broke a guyās leg on a tackle. It wasnāt dirty, but it played like a pure playoff game."

The Cobbers will finish conference play with a game at St. Olaf on Nov. 9. According to Cella, the team is looking good for a playoff spot. "We have become an experienced team through these tough games and we know how to get ready for these games. We will be fine," he said.

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Volleyball: St. Ben's Stops Winning Streak
Jennifer Gayvert, Editor, Nov. 1, 1996

St. Benedictās delivered a hard-fought loss to Concordiaās volleyball team on Saturday, putting a stop to the Cobbersā nine-game winning streak. "Mentally, we werenāt quite into the game," said junior setter Marsha Suko.

Prior to the loss to St. Benās, the Cobbers took on Gustavus, Wartburg, and St. Thomas, each resulting in shutout Cobber victories. The Cobbers traveled to St. Peter, Minn. for the Gustavus tournament on Oct. 18-19 and came off with a 3-0 win. The Cobbers played St. Thomas here and Wartburg away, both resulting in a 3-0 wins. "Thatās our confidence. We were more mentally ready for the game," said Suko. Overall, the team expects to finish the season strong

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Football's Eli Schuff: Inspiration Created by Backyard Ball Games
Jennifer Gayvert, Sports Editor, 11/01/96

From grade school quarterback to MIAC champion, football has influenced senior halfback Eli Schuff in a multitude of ways. "I love the sport more than anything. Itās brought me pride, relationships with others, itās brought me everything throughout my life," he said.

Schuff, a health/physical education major from Billings, Mont., says his father has been his inspiration to play football. Schuff relates stories of watching games with his dad, playing catch during halftime, and traveling to college games, factors which created a love of the sport. "He always wanted to play catch with me when I was a kid," he said. "Heās the most influential person in my football career."

Schuffās career in football began as a quarterback in Little Guy football. He learned the downside of the game early, suffering a severe injury in the fourth grade which almost resulted in the amputation of an arm. "Injuries are part of the game. If you play the game, you take that with," he said.

Despite setbacks, Schuff stuck with the sport, playing linebacker and defensive line before settling in as halfback for the Billings Senior High Broncs. Schuffās high school career was full of successes, yet his most vivid memory is not of a win, but of loss. The final game of his high school career is still his most vivid memory. The game itself was a win, but leaving his friends put a damper on the victory. "That was the most disappointing game of my entire life, just because I grew up with my high school players since I was a little kid," he said. "It was the last game I could play with them."

Coming into college, Schuff was unsure if he would play, but decided to continue. Falling in at the bottom was a difficult change. "You come in intimidated and scared to death. Itās more working your way back up to starting again," he said.

Besides adjusting to a higher level of intensity, Schuff struggled with the difference between high school and college. "High school is so fun. The crowds, the atmosphere, what the students brought to the game, itās completely different than at the college level, " he said. "At the college level, I donāt get as pumped up for a game as I did in high school. Itās more of a career than anything."

Keeping him going through all the wins, losses and injuries have been Schuffās parents. Throughout his football career, Leonard and Rosie Schuff have rarely missed a game, traveling nine-and-a-half hours from Billings to Moorhead on Fridays, heading back home on Sundays, and even attending away games. Schuffās parents rarely missed a high school game and have given him a strong foundation to succeed. "Football, baseball, academics, everything. Through thick and thin, my parents have always been there," he said.

Schuff also has a variety of role models in professional football. While in high school, Schuff had the chance to meet former Chicago Bearsā coach Mike Ditka and the Bearsā Walter Payton, Tony Dorsett, Johnny Unitas, and Roger Staubach. He recalls playing basketball with Payton and receiving autographed photos and a signed football from all of them. But if he could be any player in the NFL? "Deion Sanders. I like how flamboyant he is, how exciting, how entertaining he is. He makes me want to watch the game of football again," Schuff said.

Schuff claims the heart of football is in the unity and spirit of the team. Bus trips, intense practices, and the need for 11 players to act as one leads to a unique bond. "Sometimes you get into such as groove that itās unbelievable. Itās an art," he said. As Schuff wraps up his football career, he has only one regret: Not working hard enough as a high schooler. Had he devoted more time to workouts in the off-season, Schuff says he may have been able to continue his football career. "Iām disappointed not in leaving the game of football, but in losing that unity, that friendship," he said.

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Cross Country: MIAC Tourney Wraps Up Season for Runners
Selmer Moon, 11/01/96

The menās and womenās cross country teams competed in the MIAC meet on Oct. 26 at Como Park in St. Paul, Minn. It was the regular season finale for both the teams. Although neither the menās or womenās teams qualified for Regionals overall, some team members did qualify individually for the regional meet on Nov. 9, to be held at Simpson College in Des Moines, Iowa. The womenās squad finished 12th overall.

The team was led by Joanne Maki, who finished 53rd with a time of 20:55. She was followed by Michelle Rupp, who ran a 21:05 to finish 58th overall.

On the menās side, the team finished 10th, tying with Augsburg. St. Johnās won the tournament with Carleton coming in second. Concordiaās top three runners qualified individually for Regionals.

Finishing first for the Cobbers and 59th overall was junior John Staub with a time of 29:28. Coming in second among the Cobbers and 60th overall was freshman Jeff Edwards at 29:44. The final Cobber qualifier, finishing 61st overall, was sophomore Josh Lowman with a time of 29:48.

Menās coach Chris Schumacher called this year a "rebuilding year." Schumacher also said that the team had "gained good experience." "They learned what it takes to compete at the conference meet," he said. Schumacher was looking forward to the opportunity for another shot at the competition at the regional meet. "It will be a good chance to go down [to Iowa] and beat some of the guys that finished ahead of us at the conference meet," he said.

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