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Forum staff reports, Published November 15 2009

Cobbers women's soccer team picks up NCAA tournament win

ST. PAUL – Freshman Sarah Rounds scored two goals in the second half to spark Concordia to a 2-0 victory against Dubuque (Iowa) on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III women’s soccer tournament at Macalester.

“She had a great game,” Cobbers head coach Dan Weiler said of Rounds. “She’s the kind of freshman that really isn’t fazed by this kind of pressure. It’s just one more game for her, too. She had a fantastic day and the two goals are just kind of proof of that.”

The Cobbers earned their first national tournament victory. Concordia had lost in the first round of the tournament in two previous appearances.

“The experience of our girls being in the tournament before really paid off,” Weiler said. “The first 10 minutes, we were all over them really. We had about three or four good chances.”

The Cobbers (17-0-2) play Macalester (14-5-2) at 6 p.m. today in the second round. Macalester defeated St. Scholastica 3-0 Saturday in the first round.

Concordia earned a 1-0 home victory against the Scots earlier this season.

“They are a team that we match up really against,” Weiler said. “We feel like our chances are really good to get out of the Cities and get into the Sweet Sixteen.”

The Cobbers held a 15-5 edge in shots Saturday vs. Dubuque. Goalkeeper Ali Nelson made one save to earn the shutout.

“Our defense handled their attack really well,” Weiler said. “We didn’t give up any dangerous chances.”

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: 1, CC, Rounds (Koehn) 61:27. 2, CC, Rounds 81:26.

SAVES: D, Baker 9. CC, Nelson 1.