|Sept. 25, 1998 Concordian
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The loss is the team 's second; Carleton up next
The game ended non-traditionally as well.
Although the Cobbers ended the game with 375 yards of total offense, they turned the ball over nine times and rushed for only 79 yards, resulting in a 34-20 loss.
"It was a disappointing loss," Christopherson said. "We felt we gave the game away."
In the fourth quarter with the score 27-20 in favor of Bethel, the Cobbers had the ball and still had a comeback on their minds.
That is, until the untraditional happened again.
Senior quarterback Ethan Pole's pass was picked off by Bethel's Gary Stone and ran back for 23 yards and a touchdown to put the game out of reach with one minute and 47 seconds to play.
Pole finished with 296 yards passing and three touchdowns but also threw six interceptions.
The Cobbers started out behind 7-0, but answered back with two scores to take a 13-7 lead in the second quarter.
Bethel tacked on another score before halftime to take a onepoint lead into halftime.
After Bethel scored two more times to take a 27-13 lead, the Cobbers scored their last touchdown of the game, a 38 yard pass from Pole to senior Chris Howell to bring the score to 27-20, setting up the comeback attempt that fell short.
Despite the loss, there were a number of bright spots for the Cobbers. Sophomore wide receiver Adam Strainer continued his solid play, catching eight passes for 125 yards and accounting for Concordia's first two touchdowns. Strainer now has four touchdowns in Concordia's first two games.
"He's our Randy Moss," Christopherson said. "He will continue to he a threat for us."
Howell also continued his contributions at wide receiver, catching six passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Although Bethel scored 34 points, Christopherson says the defense is improving. Junior linebacker Nels Paulson, who led the team in tackles for the second straight week, says the team defense improved greatly from week one.
"We pursued the runners a lot better this game," Paulson said. "We had four or five guys on the ball the whole game."
The defense also saw good play from senior defensive lineman Ryan Albrecht, who finished with eight tackles, including two sacks and five tackles for losses.
Christopherson also noted the play of senior safety Eric Stenehjem. He finished with seven tackles, including one for a loss.
Although the Cobbers are now 0-2, Christopherson is still optimistic about the upcoming games.
The Cobbers were without sophomore starting running back Marcus Ludtkc, and were forced to use a one-back offense most of the game. The style was unfamiar to the Cobbers and Christopherson says the team will return to the two-back offense when they host Carleton on Saturday.
"Our back is against the wall," Christopherson said. "But I think the team is going to bounce back with a good performance."
"We know how much potential we have," Paulson said. "If we eliminate
mistakes, we'll be one of the best teams in the conference."
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Volleyball team sweeps tournament
The Cobbers were outstanding at the Concordia College - Moorhead State University invitations Volleyball Tournament Friday and Saturday, winning all four of their games and raising their record to 6-4 overall. A big contribution to the four game sweep was senior Laura Reitmeier who had previously sat out for a week due to a sprained ankle. Reitmeier was able to play in three of the Cobber's four games at the tournament.
In the first day of tournament play, the Cobbers
defeated St. Catherine's
The Cobbers also beat Black Hills State with a series of matches
scored at 15-11, 15-9, 13-15 and 15-8. Senior Meredith
Hegg had 11 assists per match. The team's
defense was on fire with a
In the second day of play, Concordia went into a five match battle against Rocky Mountain College. The Cobbers came out strong and aggressive in the first two matches winning 15-9, and 15-13. The third match, however was lost 4-15 due to a lack of readiness for the Rocky Mountains counter-attack. "Rocky Mountain dictated to us," head coach Tim Mosser said. "They put us on our heels?" Rocky Mountains also took the fourth match 10-15. Mosser said that for the fifth match, he had "six (athletes) who wanted to go; they passed great, had good defense, and smart shots."
According to Mosser freshman Kristy Anderson was a standout defenseman and and key player in the fifth match.
"Everyone came together and played so well," Anderson said. "We just knew it was the last game; either you do or you die."
Larson also led Concordia in a rally with a key string of seven serves The Cobbers won their third game and the fifth match, 15-6.
Concordia finished the tournament with a fourth win against Dakota
State, although Reitmeier was sidelined with her sprained ankle.
The game went into four matches scored 15-9,15-10, 10-15 and 15-11.
Schumacher led the team in kills with 18, followed
by Larson with 12 and sophomore Sam
Scariano and sophomore Jessica Cousions, each with 11.
The Cobbers defense was also strong, with an average of 20 digs per
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Men's Soccer |
The Concordia men's soccer team lost a tough game to Hamline Tuesday in overtime 1-0.
Hamline's overtime goal was a controversial one.
"We had a player injured, so the referee stopped play," head coach Jim Cella said. "I stepped on the field to see if head coach Jim Celia said. "I stepped on the field to see if he was hurt real bad, as our substitute was coming on the field, and all of a sudden Hamline starts playing the ball and their forward pushes our guy out of the way with both hands which is another infraction, gets the ball and scores."
A shocked Cella couldn't believe that the game was over.
"I was looking around like this can't be happening;" Cella said. "This is a nightmare and I am waiting for someone to wake me up."
The Cobbers fell to 1-1 in the MIAC conference and 3-3 overall. Concordia got off to a good start in the first half with crisp passing. They also kept the ball in Hamline's half of the field for most of the first half. Concordia let several shots off towards the goal. However, most of them were from far out, and went high of the goal. Concordia could center their passes against Hamline, but they couldn't get the shots off close to the net. The half ended with no score as the teams went to talk it over. In the second half Concordia got mwe;chances then in the first half. Both junior Josh Spaulding and junior Micah Benson had several good shots. However, none of them could find their way to the net. In the last four minutes of regulation the Cobbers had many chances to end the game. However, they couldn't put the ball in the net as the teams headed into a 15 minute sudden death overtime period.
The Cobbers played well in overtime. However, Hamline scored 6:58 into overtime to give Concordia it's first MIAC loss of the year.
In earlier action, returning to the game last week, for the first
The Concordia men's soccer team opened conference play Saturday with a 1-0 win over Gustavus.
The only goal of the game came with 26 seconds left in the first half. Junior Micah Benson's second goal of the year sent the Cobbers into the locker room with the lead.
"My goal was in slow motion," Benson said. "It was a corner kick from Forrest Olson. It came into my lap, and I had all the time to place it into the back of the net."
Gustavus managed only seven shots on goal during the game.
"Our defense [let] zero [goals] in, and that was the hot-
The defense was led by goalie senior Paul Toso, junior Eric Singer and a bloodied senior Dustin Holt. Holt took a head to the upper corner of his eye and left the field momentarily to stop the flow of blood.
"I think we're playing well and we're getting better every game,"
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Women's Soccer |
Women's soccer gets first conference win
It took longer than the team would have liked, but the women's soccer team got their first conference win of the season against Harnime Sunday. The team won in overtime, 3-2.
The team is in seventh place with a 1-2 record in the MIAC conference, and a 3-4 overall record.
Scoring for Concordia against Hamline were freshman Marijka Belgum-Gabbert, junior Julie Fretheim and Sophomore Jordi Kortan in overtime to pull the win out. Assists went to freshman Jessica Spaulding, junior Allison Smith and Belgum-Gabbert.
Goalie Amy Gentz had five saves for Concordia. "It was an ugly win," head coach Dean Hashbarger said. "It was a tough game after the Gustavus loss. Hamline plays on their football field which slops down at the sidelines. It's difficult to control passes on the outside of the field. Hamline was able to pack the inside of the field because of this."
With just over two minutes left in regulation the Cobbers were down 1-2. A 35 yard kick by Fretheim, with the aid of the wind, dropped just below the crossbar of the goal and helped the team to tie the game and go into overtime.
In overtime Belgum-Gabbert tipped the ball to Kortan as Hamline's goalie came out toward her as she found the open spot in the net for the win.
In earlier action on Saturday the team traveled to Gustavus. The Gusties played good defense as they kept Concordia out of the net. Concordia's goalie Gentz had nine saves in a losing battle.
"We are a better team than 3- 4," Hashbarger said. "A coach
never likes being below .500. Right now we are trying to find ourselves.
We need to finish, we had so many chances. Against a good team you will
not get a lot of good chances on the net. As a team, once we settle
in, I think we will be one of the good teams in the conference."
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Men's Cross Country |
No Concordian story this week.
Women's Cross Country |
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Women's Golf |
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Men's Golf |
Golf team looking ahead
The men's golf team finished in eighth place in the three-day North Dakota State University Kaiser Invite last weekend. The Concordia gold team scored 310, 327 and 325.
"We fired 310, and then the weather turned on us. The wind was blowing hard," head coach Mark Johnson said. "We were only seven shots back after the first day. The next day we didn't play well though. We haven't had big numbers like that before."
According to Johnson, the team is solid with its depth and consistency. However, he said the team is looking to do better in scoring.
Johnson said that the 290 range is a goal for the team. The lowest score of the season for the team has heen 293.
According to Johnson, Riddering and Simonich hold the key to doing well this season. Johnson added that the team should do hetter than last year. The big challenge will be Gustavus college.
"The practices will hopefully boost their confidence. You really work towards the MIAC tournament," Johnson said. "The team is working hard and getting ready for the conference meet.