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Nov. 7, 1997 

Men's soccer looking for playoff spot by Kristen Young 

As the men's soccer team continues to practice their soccer skills, they are playing the game of hurry up and wait. 

The team ended their regular season last Saturday with a 1-0 victory over St. Thomas. Sophomore Eric Singer scored the only goal of the game, keeping Concordia in line for a possible NCAA playoff spot. 

The Cobbers, 12-5, are guaranteed at least a tie for second place in the MIAC but are unable to catch Macalester in the race for first. 

Although their regular season is over and hopes for the championship have faded, the team hit the snowy, icy field again this week for more hours of practice in the bitter cold. 

On Sunday, coach Jim Cella and the rest of the soccer team will find out how they place in the NCAA regional polls and if they will earn an NCAA playoff spot. The top six teams in the west region advance to the NCAA tournament. As of Tuesday's poll, the Cobbers were tied for sixth with Chapman of California. 

A key MIAC game that could affect Sunday's poll will be played Saturday: Gustavus versus St. Mary's. If Gustavus wins, they tie with Concordia for second place in the MIAC. 

The team will continue to practice until the NCAA polls are released Sunday. 

Women's hockey gets a fresh start at Concordia by Karie Baker 

Women's hockey is the newest sport to come to Concordia. The team is not varsity, but it is receiving much support. 

"I'm really excited about this whole thing. The school has definitely done their part," freshman organizer and team member Jeni Nigg said. 

The MIAC has a $5,000 grant set up for schools who want to start up a women's hockey team if the school applying for the grant will match the $5,000. Concordia decided to match the grant late last week. The $10,000 will only cover the cost of equipment. 

The team also went before student senate last Sunday to ask for a budget to pay for traveling expenses and ice time. The senate gave women's hockey $5,589. This money covers ice time, money for eight games and eight officials and traveling expenses to Minneapolis to compete against other MIAC teams for one and a half games, says senior Sarah Johnson, co-organizer of the new team. 

"We start scheduling games next week," said head coach Cindy Johnson. Cindy Johnson plans to schedule most games with junior varsity teams. There aren't many college teams in this area who have women's hockey teams. However, Augsburg, Bethel and St. Cloud State have expressed interest in playing against Concordia, Cindy Johnson said. Concordia will also complete against a high school girls team in the area with participants coming from North, South and West Fargo. 

The team has ordered equipment, but it will take about eight weeks to come in, Sarah Johnson said. This hasn't stopped the women from practicing. They have had three practices so far, with most team members only wearing skates and using sticks. Most likely, most of the team wouldn't know how to put the equipment on anyway. Cindy Johnson estimates that around 60-70 percent of the team has no experience with hockey. "We will be counting on a few of our experienced players to carry us through the games and into the next year," Cindy Johnson said. 

The grant from the MIAC is good for two years and requires the Concordia team to turn varsity after that, Cindy Johnson said. The team will have to decide whether to wait another year or turn varsity next year. Right now Cindy Johnson is donating her time to the team, as the grant doesn't provide money for coaches. Going varsity next year would allow the team to pay her. 

The Concordia women's hockey team is hoping to be varsity next year, but for now they are content to be a club team, says Cindy Johnson. They have the freedom to organize the team and program how they want and may end up splitting into two teams if numbers stay above 30, says Cindy Johnson. 

"I think it is wonderful that women 19, 20, 21 years old are picking up a new sport, especially hockey," Sarah Johnson said. 

Football expecting playoff berth by Vic Quick 

The Concordia football team is back on track. 

With a 45-19 victory over Hamline Saturday, the Cobbers broke a two-game losing streak. They are now ranked sixth in the latest west region poll. The top four teams in the region will qualify for the post-season. 

Concordia dominated from start to finish on Saturday. Early on things started going their way as a 25-yard completion from junior Ethan Pole to junior Mike Rice helped set up senior Dan Steinbeisser's 10-yard touchdown run. The game was Steinbeisser's first appearance since spraining his knee in a game against St. Thomas on Oct. 12. 

With 3:34 remaining in the quarter, sophomore Clayton Horgen connected on a 32-yard field goal to give the Cobbers a 10-0 advantage. 

With 25 seconds remaining in the opening quarter junior Chris Howell caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Pole to give Concordia a 17-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

The Cobbers continued much the same way in the second quarter. Only 13:47 remained in the half as senior Tory Langemo scored on a 59-yard reverse. On the ensuing kickoff, Hamline fumbled, and Concordia recovered. A few plays later Steinbeisser scored his second touchdown of the day, this time from 7 yards out. Steinbeisser finished the day with 65 rushing yards. 

Concordia's lead stood at 31-0 at this point. Senior Troy Wanless entered the game at quarterback for the Cobbers, and he too got in on the routing. He found sophomore Mike Rydell in the back of the end zone on a play action pass to make the score 38-0 with 4:54 left in the opening half. 

Hamline added a late first half touchdown to make it 38-7 at the half. In the third quarter the Cobbers were back at it. 

Pole returned to quarterback and quickly found Rice for an 86-yard touchdown. This scoring drive made it 45-7, and Concordia went on for the 45-19 win. 

"We had a nice performance today," Langemo said. "We put everything together." 

The Cobbers will play their final game of the season on Friday in the Metrodome against Carleton. They still have a post-season chance, although the chances are looking dimmer. 

"On Saturday we saw the real Cobber team," head coach Jim Christopherson said. "We finally got Steinbeisser back. I feel we have the best team in the MIAC, but we have two losses. We have to beat Carleton and see what happens with Augsburg." 

Concordia closes out the regular season against the Knights Friday in the Metrodome at 2 p.m. 

Volleyball beats third-ranked team in nation 

The volleyball team improved their chances for a high regional ranking last Saturday with a five-game win over UW-Eau Claire, the nation's third-ranked team. But in a match that began only ten minutes after the Eau-Claire victory, the Cobbers fell to UM-Crookston in five games, missing their chance to tie host River Falls' 4-0 Tournament record. 

Despite that missed opportunity, the volleyball team has second seed at the MIAC tournament this weekend at St. Ben's. They have a bye in the first round and face the winner of Hamline-Augsburg in the second round tonight at 7:30 p.m. 

As of Tuesday, Concordia ranked 8th in the regional poll. The team needs to move ahead of St. Thomas and St. Olaf, into sixth place and into the NCAA tournament. 

At last weekend's River Falls Tournament, Sophomore Anne Larson and junior Laura Reitmeier were named to the All Tournament Team. .