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Eric Peterson, Published September 08 2010

Women's soccer: Rounds’ OT goal gives Cobbers win

A deceptive set piece lifted Concordia to victory Tuesday.

Sarah Rounds scored off a corner kick in overtime to give the No. 10-ranked Cobbers a 2-1 victory vs. Carleton in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer at the Jake Christiansen Athletic Complex.

“We’ve been working on a play that is kind of a trick play,” Rounds said.

Concordia (3-0, 1-0 MIAC) and Carleton (1-2, 0-1) are expected to be the top two teams in the MIAC this fall.

The Cobbers were picked first in the preseason coaches’ poll. Carleton was tabbed second. Concordia is the defending MIAC regular-season champion. The Knights are the defending conference tournament champion.

The Cobbers are 19-0-1 in their last 20 regular season games. They haven’t lost a game in the regular season since 2008.

“We know that Carleton always gives us a good game,” Cobbers coach Dan Weiler said. “We wanted to step into the MIAC and make a statement. I think we certainly did that.”

On the winning goal, Rounds was unmarked off a short corner. The sophomore forward took advantage, securing the pass and firing the ball into the upper corner of the net for the game winner at 97 minutes, 47 seconds.

“I really didn’t even think that much,” said Rounds, who has three goals this season. “I just saw that upper corner and I kicked it as hard as I can,” Rounds said.

Weiler felt his team was building to the moment that Rounds scored the game-winning goal.

“We were waiting for that goal to happen, it was coming from minutes upon minutes,” Weiler said.

Carleton took a 1-0 lead in the first half after junior forward Niki Tomita found the back of the net at 17:48.

The Cobbers responded minutes later. Senior Sam Johnson scored from 18 yards out, using her left foot to rip the ball into the back of the net at 20:38. Johnson has four goals this season.

“It was a good lesson in getting scored on early and coming back composed and remembering we can beat any team if we play our best,” Rounds said.

“I’m happy with the whole 90 minutes-plus that we played. We stayed together as a team and made sure that we kept our composition and made sure that we didn’t let down.”

The Cobbers played Carleton twice last season and both matches ended in a 1-1 tie. Rounds prevented that from happening for a third consecutive game.

“To stay unbeaten so far is pretty nice,” said Weiler.

FIRST HALF: 1, Carleton, Tomita 17:48. 2, Concordia, Johnson (Rounds, Swagger) 20:38.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

OVERTIME: 3, Concordia, Rounds (Habein) 97:47.

SAVES: Carleton, Trenerry 4-5-0-9. Concordia, Nelson 0-0-0-0.

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