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11/17 Four Cobbers, and Head Coach, Earn MIAC Postseason Honors.
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The record-setting Concordia women's soccer team had four players, and head coach Dan Weiler, earn MIAC postseason honors.

Four Concordia women's soccer players and head coach Dan Weiler earned MIAC postseason honors. 

Morgan Bain (Fr., Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) and Suzy Grabko (Fargo, N.Dak./Fargo North HS) were named to the MIAC All-Conference Team, while Carmelle Johnson(Jr., Northridge, Calif./Hamilton HS) and Betsy Olesen (Fr., Bismarck, N.Dak./Bismarck HS) were named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. Weiler was named the MIAC Coach of the Year in only his second season at the helm of the women's program.

The postseason honors complete a record-setting season by the Cobbers. The team set school records in highest conference finish, most conference wins, lowest team goals against average and most shutouts in a season. Concordia finished the year with a 7-3-1 record in MIAC regular season play and qualified for the inaugural conference tournament playoffs. It is the first time in school history that the women's soccer team has qualified for postseason play.

Bain led the Cobbers in scoring during the 2003 season. She finished the year tied for the team lead in overall points with 10 goals and 3 assists for 23 points. The biggest contribution by Bain was her ability to score the "big" goal. Bain led the team in game-winning goals with five. She scored game-winners against Gustavus and Macalester, teams that the Cobbers had not beaten in over 10 years. She ended the conference season by finishing second in the MIAC in goals scored (8), game-winning goals (3) and shots taken (44). She also finished fifth in conference points (18).

Grabko led the team in assists with 13 and was tied for the team lead in overall scoring with 23 points. She finished second in the MIAC in assists (9) and was 12th in the nation in assists per game (0.76 average). She helped lead the Cobber scoring attack to 37 goals, which is the most since the 2000 season. She was named the MIAC Player of the week on September 23 for her two-game performance against Gustavus and Bethel.

Johnson achieved MIAC postseason honors for the second consecutive season. In 2002 she was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team. Johnson was the captain of the defense that set school records for most shutouts and lowest goals against average in a season. The Cobbers posted 10 shutouts during the 2003 campaign and recorded a goals against average of 0.86.

The final member of the quartet was Olesen, who solidified the middle of the field for the Cobbers. She finished the year with only three points but was one of the driving forces behind Concordia's drive to the playoffs. A fierce competitor in the air, Olesen won many head balls around the Cobber goal area that would have led to dangerous chances for the opposing team.

Head Coach Dan Weiler took over the program in 2002 and has improved the talent level and overall quality of play by leaps and bounds. The team had never recorded a better than .500 season in the MIAC and in only his second year, he guided the team to a 7-3-1 mark. He also led Concordia to wins over Gustavus and Macalester. Entering the season, the Cobbers had not beaten Gustavus in 15 years and Macalester in 16 seasons. Weiler has amassed a 11-10-1 conference record in his first two full seasons as head coach.

11/04 Cobbersā Record-Setting Season Comes to an End.
          | St. Ben's 2, Concordia 0 |
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Suzy Grabko (Fargo, N.Dak.) hits a direct free kick over the wall and just over the ball in the first half of Concordia's MIAC semifinal game against St. Ben's.

(St. Joseph, Minn.)-- Concordia surrendered two first half goals and lost 2-0 to St. Benās in the first MIAC womenās playoff game in league history. The Cobbers end their record-setting season with an 11-7-1 record. The Blazers will move on to play Macalester in the championship game of the inaugural MIAC tournament. 

The game, which was played on a field that was surrounded on all sides by a 3-inch snow covering which fell in the St. Joseph, Minn. area overnight, was decided in a  nineöminute period in the opening frame. St. Benās forward Megan McVoy took advantage of a Cobber miscue in the defensive third of the field and slotted a shot past Concordia goaltender Jamie Savage (Jr., Apple Valley, Minn./Rosemount HS). The Blazers would add to their lead 9:03 later when Kate Aubrecht ran free on the right wing and received a through pass from Lisa Bennett that sent her in alone against Savage. Aubrecht calmly sent the ball on the ground just inside the far post to give St. Benās a two-goal lead.

With the temperature hovering around 35 degrees throughout the contest, Concordia was able to dominate the time of possession in the first half but were unable to get behind the stingy Blazer defense. The best chance for Concordia came on a free kick from just outside the St. Benās penalty box. Suzy Grabko (Fr., Fargo, N.Dak./Fargo North HS) was able to bend the ball around the defensive wall but the ball sailed just over the net.

In the second half, St. Benās was able to control the middle of the field and stop any sustained attack that the Cobbers were able to push forward. Both teams traded sporadic chances through the remainder of the game. St. Benās came close to scoring when a headed ball eluded Savage and caromed off the post and away from the goal. Concordiaās top opportunity came late in the game when Betsy Olesen (Fr., Bismarck, N.Dak./Bismarck HS) fired a shot from 18 yards away that St. Benās keeper Tae Ruppe was able to tip around the post after backpedalling towards the open goal. 

Concordia was outshot in the game 10-5 and held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. Savage finished the game with four saves, while Ruppe recorded three saves to post her third straight shutout.

The Cobbers finish the season with school records for highest conference finish, most conference wins and most shutouts in a season. 

11/1 Cobbers Allow Early Goal, Lose 1-0 to St. Ben's.
           | St. Ben's 1, Concordia 0 | Action Picture Page |

10/29 COBBERS CLINCH!! COBBERS CLINCH!! COBBERS CLINCH !! 
           | Concordia 5, Hamline 0 |

10/25 Cobbers Take Giant Step Towards the Playoffs; Beat St. Olaf 4-3 in 2OT. 
           | St. Olaf 3, Concordia 4 2OT | Action Picture Page |

10/18 Cobbers Drop Second Game of Wisconsin Swing, 2-0 to UW-River Falls.
           | Concordia 0, UW-River Falls 2 |

10/17 Cobbers Fall to Regionally Ranked UW-Stevens Point.
           | Concordia 0, UW-Stevens Point 3 |

10/14 Cobbers Drop Heartbreaker to St. Thomas in Double OT.
           | Concordia 0, St. Thomas 1 2OT |

10/11 Cobbers Tie St. Kate's 0-0 in Torrential Downpour.
           | Concordia 0, St. Kate's 0 2OT |

10/08 Cobbers Break School Record for Shutouts, Blank MSU-Moorhead 1-0.
           | MSU-Moorhead 0, Concordia 1 | Action Picture Page |

10/07 Morgan Bain Named MIAC Player of the Week. 
Morgan Bain (Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) was named the MIAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week for her two-game performance against Macalester and St. Mary's.

Bain had three goals in Concordia's two games last week. She had the game-winning goal in Concordia's streak-breaking performance against Macalester, and collected two against St. Mary's on Saturday.

The goal against Macalester helped the Cobbers break a 15-game winless streak against the Scots. The win also stopped Macalester's 23-game MIAC winning streak. 

Against the Cardinals, Bain scored the second goal and the sixth goal in Concordia's 6-0 victory. The win helped Concordia tie the school mark for most conference wins in a season. The Cobbers are now 5-1 in conference play and 8-2 overall. It is the best 10-game start in school history. 

Bain becomes the second Concordia player to earn MIAC Player of the Week honors in 2003. Earlier in the year, teammate Suzy Grabko (Fr., Fargo, N.Dak./Fargo North HS) earned the award for her play against Bethel and Gustavus. 

10/04 Cobbers Hammer St. Mary's 6-0. 
         | St. Mary's 0, Concordia 6 | Action Picture Page |

10/01 Cobbers Pull Off Biggest Win in School History.
         | Macalester 0, Concordia 1 | Action Picture Page |

9/27 Cobbers Lose For the First Time in the MIAC; Fall to Carleton 2-1.
         | Concordia 1, Carleton 2 |

9/24 Cobbers Stay Perfect in MIAC, Top Augsburg 3-1.
         | Concordia 3, Augsburg 1

9/23 Suzy Grabko Named MIAC Player of the Week.
Suzy Grabko (Fr., Fargo, N.Dak./Fargo North HS) was named the MIAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week for her two-game performance against Bethel and Gustavus

Grabko had a goal and two assists in Concordia's two MIAC wins last week. In the Cobbers' first win of the week, Grabko had a goal and an assist as Concordia pulled out a  2-0 victory at Bethel. Against Gustavus, Grabko struck a deadball that led to the game-winning goal in overtime. On the play, she fired a shot that the Gustavus goalie made a diving stop and Concordia was able to poke home the rebound. 

It was the first time since 1989 that Concordia had beaten Gustavus. Concordia is now 2-0 in the MIAC this season. The last time the Cobbers started league play with two wins was back in 1990 when they went 3-0.

9/16 Cobbers Beat Gustavus for the First Time Since 1989.
         | Concordia 1, Gustavus 0 - OT | Action Picture Page |

9/16 Cobbers Open MIAC Play by Blanking Bethel 2-0.
         | Concordia 2, Bethel 0 |

9/07 Cobbers Fall to Luther 2-1 in Double OT, Take Second in Tournament.
         | Concordia 1, Luther 2 - 2 OT |

9/06 Cobbers Defeat Maryville College (MO) 5-0.
         | Concordia 5, Maryville 0

8/31 Cobbers Record Second Consecutive Shutout, Down Northland 2-0.
         | Concordia 2, Northland 0 |

8/30 Cobbers Cruise to 5-0 Win Over Northland Baptist. 
         | Concordia 5, Northland Baptist 0 |

8/27 MIAC Women's Soccer Preview Page for 2003 is Now Online 
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8/26 Concordia Women's Soccer Preview for 2003 is Now Online. 
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Annie Cullen #17 (Fr., Moorhead, Minn/Moorhead HS) and the rest of the Concordia women's soccer team are hoping that their home improvements will bring dividends in 2003. 

Concordia College women's head soccer coach Dan Weiler will be doing a little remodeling work in 2003. Gone are seven players from last year's squad that were regulars over their four-year career - most notably is the departure of goal scoring ace Kendra Lee who was a two-time All-MIAC performer. Built in their place is a squad which consists of 11 first-year players and 15 total players that have a maximum of one year of college soccer experience. Weiler will need to let the walls and foundation settle before making the final touches to the program but in a short while will have completely transformed a squad that consistently played at the .500 level into one that has a chance at making a run at the top of the MIAC.

The Cobbers will only have four non-conference games before they are thrown into the thick of the MIAC schedule. Preseason tournaments at St. Ben's and Luther (IA) should offer an early inspection of the newly remodeled Concordia team. After the initial walk through, they will travel to a much-improved Bethel squad on September 16 and then host perennial league powerhouse Gustavus on September 20. The team will also get their first chance to face regional contenders UW-Stevens Point and UW-River Falls on a midsemester trip to Wisconsin. Last season UW-Stevens Point lost in the regional final to St. Thomas. (Continued)

7/20 Insurance, Returning Athlete, & 1st Year Participation Forms are Now Online.

4/04 Cobber Women's Soccer Schedule for 2003 Now Online.
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