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Sept. 25, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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 The loss is the team 's second; Carleton up next

 Jason Miller 
The Concordian 
The Cobber football team went away from their traditional run-first-pass-second - philosophy Saturday against Bethel

The game ended non-traditionally as well. 

"We normally play conservative," head football coach Jim 
Christopherson said. 

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." 

Paulson agrees. 

 "We know how much potential we have," Paulson said. "If we eliminate mistakes, we'll be one of the best teams in the conference." 
 

| 1998 Cobber Volleyball
Sept. 25, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Volleyball team sweeps tournament 
Tim Hanson 
The Concordian 

 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 
in  four  matches,  scored 7-15,  15-9, 15-2  and  15-3.  Reitmeirer led the team  with  14  kills; and  junior Anne Larson followed close behind with 13. 

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 
total of 17.75 digs per game, 71  in all. 

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. Sophomore Jessica 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  match. 
 

| 1998 Cobber Men's Soccer
Sept. 25, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Jeff Thompson 
The Concordian 
Men 's soccer loses to Hamline in overtime 

  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 time this 
season, was 1997 MIAC All-Conference player, junior Josh Spaulding. Spaulding was forced out of the Pennsylvania Tournament due to an ankle injury. 

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- 
torn line," head coach Jim Celia said. 

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," Benson said. 
 

| 1998 Cobber Women's Soccer
Sept. 25, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Women's soccer gets first conference win
The Concordian 
 Tim Hanson 
Sports Editor 

 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." 
 

| 1998 Cobber Men's Cross Country
Sept. 25, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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 No Concordian story this week. 

|1998 Cobber Women's Cross Country
Sept. 25, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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 No Concordian story this week. 

|1998 Cobber Women's Golf
Sept. 25, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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No Concordian story this week. 

|1998 Cobber Men's Golf
Sept. 25, 1998 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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 Golf team looking ahead 
 Tim Hanson 
Sports Editor

 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. 

 Senior Brandon Riddering had a solid performance shooting 236  for the three-day tournament.  Senior Mike Simonich also did well shooting a 78 for the first  day. 

 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.