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Forum staff reports, Published November 16 2009

Women's soccer: Cobbers advance to Sweet 16

ST. PAUL – A three-goal barrage has Concordia headed to the Sweet 16.

The Cobbers scored three goals in the final 22 minutes to earn a 3-1 victory against host Macalester on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Division III women’s soccer tournament.

“It’s fantastic,” Cobbers coach Dan Weiler said. “It just gives credence to our ranking. We really earned our ranking. I feel like we have enough depth and enough quality to continue our run.”

No. 8-ranked Concordia (18-0-2) will next play Lynchburg (Va.) College (16-3-3) in the round of 16.

“You could just feel the energy in the team,” said Cobbers senior defender Mikenna Maroney. “Everyone was determined to make it to the Sweet 16. I think it’s a testament to how much we believe in each other.”

Freshman Killashandra Link, junior Sam Johnson and junior Abby Habein each scored goals for the Cobbers.

Johnson scored at 80 minutes, 34 seconds to stake Concordia to a 2-0 lead. That goal proved to be the game-winner.

Johnson has team-high 22 goals this season.

Habein scored off a free kick at 88:18 to push the lead to 3-1 after Macalester had pulled within one goal less than a minute earlier.

Link snapped a scoreless tie with a rebound goal at 68:20. Her goal came less than a minute after she was put into the game.

“That was really the difference,” Weiler said. “After getting the first one, they had to come out and attack us a little bit more.”

Cobbers freshman keeper Ali Nelson made eight saves. She was swarmed by her teammates after time expired in the second half.

“I was exhausted so I didn’t whether to drop down on the ground and try and catch my breath for a minute or run and celebrate,” Maroney said. “But I ran and celebrated.”

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: 1, CC, Link (Rounds, Jordan) 68:20. 2, CC, Johnson (Rice) 80:34. 3, MC, Eckstein (Mette) 87:44. 4, CC, Habein 88:18.

SAVES: CC, Nelson 4-4–8. MC, Glenn-Finer 0-0–0.