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Defense Needs to Improve After Cobber Loss

Tim Hanson 
The Concordian 

 Concordia's head football coach Jim Christopherson learned a lot from his team after the season opener against Moorhead State University last Saturday. 

 Christopherson said the team's inexperienced offensive line played well during their first game. However, the defense is what Christopherson is most worried about. 

"Our defensive performance has to improve," Christopherson said. "We gave up 41 points, and that's just too many." 

 The Cobber football team lost to the Moorhead State Dragons in the 15th annua1 Crysta1 Bowl 41- 26. The Cobbers were unable to stop MSU quarterback Tony Duerr, who accounted for five MSU touchdowns and 242 yards on the ground. 

"We didn't tackle well," Christopherson said. "We also were kind of caught by surprise. We had no knowledge of Duerr." 

The Cobber defense limited MSU's passing attack to eight yards. However, Concordia could not contain MSU's rushing attack which accounted for 530 yards. 

"Our secondary didn't contain MSU well," Christopherson said. "The secondary is the last defense on a long run." 

 While senior quarterback Ethan Pole threw well, completing 16 of 30 passes for 193 yards, he also threw one interception during the game. Concordia's running game accounted for only 120 yards rushing. 

"Sophomore Marcus Ludtke went down in the forth quarter with a dislocated shoulder. That injury took away our starting running back," Pole said. "We would like to be rushing 200 to 300 yards a game. The offensive line played well for being such a young group of players." 

 In the first quarter, MSU's Duerr scored to give MSU a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point attempt. Concordia came back and kicked two field goals to tie the game at six. Concordia went ahead 13-6 when Pole connected on a 30-yard pass to sophomore Adam Strainer late in the first quarter. 

 MSU scored late in the second quarter when Duerr scored on a 24-yard run to tie the game at 13 going into half time. 

In the third quarter, the Cobber defense tried to contain Duerr, but they couldn't get a hold on him as he accounted for two more MSU touchdowns. 

The Cobbers came back with just over five minutes remaining in the third. Pole again went to Strainer for his second touchdown of the game. The score closed the gap to 27-20. 

However, MSU's running back Grover Moore, who was contained for much of the game, got by Concordia's defense in the fourth quarter and scored on a 
79-yard run to increase MSU's  lead to 34-20. Duerr capped off another long drive for MSU scoring his fifth touchdown of the game. 

Concordia scored late in the game when sophomore Len Crouse made it to the end zone on a one-yard run to close the gap to 41-26. Junior Clayton Horgen missed the extra point attempt. 

Pole also sustained injuries during the game. According to Christopherson, Pole partially dislocated his thumb on his throwing hand during the third quarter. However, both Pole and Ludtke are expected to play against Bethel on Sept. 19. 

According to Pole, the injury didn't affect his game until the very end when it stiffened up. 

"I don't know whether it was detectable to the average fan, but [Pole's] ability to throw to the outside was affected some," Christopherson said. 
 
 

| 1998 Cobber Volleyball
Sept. 11, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Volleyball team defeats Moorhead State 

Tim Hanson 
The Concordian 

The Cobber women's volleyball team came from behind in two of four matches to win their first  game  of  the  season Wednesday against Moorhead State University. 

The team lost the first match 8- 15. However, the Cobbers came back to win the next three matches 16-14, 15-1l and 15-10. 

"We came out tight in the first game," head coach Tim Mosser said. "We were not loose, and we were also not relaxed. Once we relaxed in the second game we started passing the ball, and our defense and serving were better." 

Senior Laura Reitmeier and sophomore Jessica Cousins led the Cobbers accounting for 27 kills, three blocks and one ace each. 

"Our weakness in the first game was a lack of intensity," Reitmeier said. "Our technique was there, our desire was there, but our intensity was lacking in the first game. In the second game, once we started to bring it back we got the intensity level high again." 

The team was behind 9-4 at one point in the second game before Concordia came back after siding out with the Dragons. 

"We were down in the second game, and we came back to win that one. That game was a confidence booster," Reitmeier said. "We haven't had the best record against the Dragons, and I know this was a good way to start the season. 

The Cobbers picked up their level of intensity and scored the next three points to close the gap to 7-10. After MSU expanded their lead to 11 - 14 the Cobbers dug in and would not let MSU get the game point. Concordia battled 
back to regain the lead 15-14. MSU couldn't get it over the net as  the  Cobbers  edged  the Dragons out 15-14. 

In the third game the Cobbers again had to fight back from a large point deficit. Concordia was down at one point 2-8. 

"We just wanted to side out with them," Mosser said. "Don't let them get a big run of points. The defense was phenomenal." 

Concordia showed patience as they battled back to win 15-11. 

The fourth match was much more even than the other matches. Twice MSU tied the match up, but they weren't able to get ahead as the Cobbers took the match and the game, 3-1. 

"Our conference this year is looking tough. St. Ben's and St. Olaf will all be at the top again. It is going to take consistent intensity," Reitmeier said. "We can't let down for anyone because you never know when you are going to get beat." 
 
 
 
 
 

| 1998 Cobber Men's Soccer
Sept. 11, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Men's soccer team third in 
West Region Poll 
 

Tim Hanson 
The Concordian 

 The Cobber men's soccer team is trying to come back after a Second place finish in the MIAC last year. The team had won the MIAC two years in a row before their second place finish in 1997. 

 "The guys have been there before, so they know what it takes, and they are hungry," head coach Jim Cella said. "When we finished second last year it was almost like a slap in the face. The team wants  to  get back to being first." 

Concordia's men's  soccer team won their first game of the year 4- 2 over Briar Cliff. Senior  Matt Hockett scored three goals to help the Cobbers pull  out the win. Senior Forrest Olson also added a goal. 

 "This year's team is more balanced than last year's. We had the MIAC Most Valuable Player  with  Todd Hasburger Cella said. "He was the aircraft carrier. He carried us the whole way through the season. His back was a little sore at the end of the season." 

In the second game senior goalie Paul Toso recorded his first shutout of the year turning away all five shots from Northland. Junior Josh Bergeron scored both goals for Concordia. 

"As the saying goes, defense wins championships, offense wins games. Last year we just let too many goals in.  We really need to improve on that  area," Cella said "Defensively we are hoping to make bigger strides than  last year". 
 
 

| 1998 Cobber Women's Soccer
Sept. 11, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Women's soccer team 1-2 after a week of play

Tim Hanson
The Concordian 

Concondia's women's soccer team lost a tough match in their first game of the season Saturday against Briar Cliff, 2-4.  The Cobbers were up 2-1, but Concordia gave up three goals late in the game.  Freshman Brittney Lundblad had both goals for Concordia. 

A striking incident that called for a red card left the team with nine players. 

"One of our girls lost some of her composure and when the play was dead she went by and slapped a girl on the rear end," head coach Dean Hashbarger said. 

"Briar cliff did a nice job of wearing us down the rest of the game," Hashbarger said. 

In the second game on Sunday, the team tried to redeem themselves after the loss on Saturday.  The team found their offense scoring eight goals against Northland.  Concordia shut out Northland, 8-0. 

Junior Allison Smith, freshman Jessica Spaulding and freshman Kim Boelke each scored two goals for Concordia, while junior Kristen Hetland and freshman Candice Bell each added a goal. 

The team lost Wednesday 3-0 against North Dakota State University. 

"NDSU's team speed was outstanding, and it intimidated us a little.  However, we did have some good chances to score but we didn't," said Hashbarger. 

"The score really doesn't reflect how the game went," Hetland said.  "We played really tight and really tough."
 
 

| 1998 Cobber Men's Cross Country
Sept. 11, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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No Concordian story this week. 

|1998 Cobber Women's Cross Country |
Sept. 11, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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|1998 Cobber Women's Golf |
Sept. 11, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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No Concordian story this week. 

|1998 Cobber Men's Golf |
Sept. 11, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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 No Concordian story this week.