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Eric Peterson, Published October 30 2009

Small college notebook: Cobber men's soccer team hopeful on playoff bid

Concordia hasn’t allowed a ball to cross its goal line in the past 668 minutes, 39 seconds.

That’s seven-plus games of holding teams scoreless for the men’s soccer team, which is in position to make the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoffs.

“It’s a big accomplishment,” Cobbers coach Dan Weiler said. “The defense really came together.”

The Cobbers (10-6-1, 5-3-1 MIAC) are tied for third place with two other teams entering the final game of the conference season.

Concordia hosts St. John’s at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The simplest way the Cobbers can make the MIAC playoffs is with a win against the Johnnies and a Gustavus loss against Augsburg. The top four teams in the conference make the playoffs.

Concordia has never qualified for the MIAC playoffs, which started in 2003.

Senior goalkeeper Mads Schmidt has posted seven consecutive shutouts and has eight this season. He has a 0.81 goals against average.

“Mads has been pretty outstanding this year,” Weiler said. “The big thing is we’re not allowing the same type of scoring chances that we did at the beginning of the year and in years past.”

Sophomore sweeper Drew Glogoza and junior stopper Felix Okoth along with sophomore Patrick Rundlett and freshman Artem Shchepetkin have formed a solid back line.

Other stuff

Minnesota State Moorhead interim head football coach Joel Beard became a proud father earlier this week when his wife, Sara, gave birth to daughter Nyah Joelle. … Minnesota State Mankato senior James Krasja was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate men’s cross country athlete of the week. The former Moorhead High School standout defended his NSIC Championships title last weekend, running the 8K race in a time of 25:33.6. … MSU Moorhead senior Kayla Koenig has been named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s diver of the week. Koenig won both the 3- and 1-meter dives at the Northern State dual last week. She met NCAA qualifying standards.

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Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.