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Eric Peterson, Published September 23 2010

Men's soccer: Cobbers turf-tough, Concordia defeats Mary on a fast field

The Concordia men’s soccer team prefers the artificial stuff.

The Cobbers played strong on their new home surface Wednesday, rolling to a 5-1 victory against the University of Mary in nonconference men’s soccer at Jake Christiansen Stadium.

“They love the turf,” Cobbers coach Dan Weiler said of the turf that was installed over the summer.

“The speed of the play for them is a pretty good advantage. We are a pretty technical team so the turf surface is really helpful for us.”

The Cobbers (5-3) have played all four of its home games this fall on the FieldTurf at Christiansen and have a 3-1 record in those games, averaging 4.3 goals per contest.

The Cobbers played on the grass field adjacent to the Jake last season.

At the start of this year, Weiler he said wasn’t sure how many games the team would play on the turf, wanting to see how the new surface played.

Now, the men’s team will likely play all its seven home games on the turf.

“We like it a lot,” said Cobbers senior midfielder Phil Bruckbauer. “If you think about like when you watch World Cup or anything like that this is exactly what the grass looks like. It’s the ideal surface for soccer; it’s just not real grass.”

Mary (0-7) grabbed a quick 1-0 lead, scoring 86 seconds into the first half.

However, the Cobbers answered with the next five goals, four of which came in the first half.

“We let that goal in right away and it probably got us a little angry,” Bruckbauer said. “We’ve been trying to work on the attacking and work on the finishing and I really think it has been paying off.”

Bruckbauer ended with two goals and one assist, all of which came in the first half. The Cobbers had 10 shots in the first half.

“If you can put up stats like that, you are going to win a lot of games,” said Weiler. “The finishing was absolutely spot-on today.”

The reigning Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s player of the week, junior forward Riley McGlynn added one goal and three assists for the Cobbers.

Concordia plays its next four games – which are all MIAC games – on the road, starting with a game at

St. Olaf on Saturday.

The Cobbers next home game is scheduled for Oct. 9 against Augsburg. That game is set to be played on the turf.

“I think the surface itself is a good quality,” said Weiler. “It’s soft enough where they feel like it’s safe. It’s fast. You have to get used to the pace, but it’s not something that’s a disadvantage to us because I think we’re fast in the right places.”

FIRST HALF: 1, UM, Frost (Harper) 1:26. 2, CC, Rice (McGlynn, Bruckbauer) 4:53. 3, CC, McGlynn (Runquist) 10:10. 4, CC, Bruckbauer 18:22. 5, CC, Bruckbauer (McGlynn, Dahl) 24:24.

SECOND HALF: 6, CC, Riboli (Dahl, McGlynn) 50:05.

SAVES: UM, Frenzel 2-3–5. CC, Runquist 5-x–5, Iverson x-2–2.

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