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Eric Peterson, Published October 07 2010

Women's soccer: St. Thomas nips Cobbers, CC drops first regular-season MIAC contest since Nov. 2008

Concordia, on a quest to find the net after halftime, instead drew metal.

The Cobbers clanged the crossbar twice and the post once in the game’s final 20 minutes.

St. Thomas freshman Katy Scherer scored the lone second-half goal to lift the Tommies to 2-1 victory Wednesday in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer at the Jake Christiansen athletic complex.

“We were right on that verge of our attack breaking out of its shell,” said Cobbers head coach Dan Weiler. “Today I thought we attacked quite well. Soccer’s a cruel game and we’re getting a pretty good taste of that.”

Concordia (6-2-3, 4-1-2 MIAC) hadn’t lost a regular season conference game since Nov. 1, 2008, a 1-0 loss at St. Ben’s.

The Cobbers were 14-0-3 in their past 17 regular season MIAC games before Wednesday’s defeat.

“It’s a long time,” Weiler said. “We definitely value our record in the conference and have deserved to be at the top. I think we need to certainly do a couple things a little bit better because the conference itself has gotten a little bit stronger and everyone is gunning for us. It’s kind of the mark of a top team that every game is going to be a big game.”

St. Thomas rallied from an early 1-0 deficit and took a 2-1 lead at 66 minutes, 25 seconds. Scherer chipped a bouncing cross past Cobbers goalkeeper Ali Nelson.

Concordia just missed getting the equalizer twice after the Tommies grabbed the lead. Nikole Koehn hit the crossbar with around 11 minutes to play. Sarah Rounds clipped the post about a minute later.

“It’s definitely frustrating especially to hit the post and feel like you’re working really hard and not get the reward,” said Cobbers senior Abby Habein. “That’s kind of what we’ve been feeling for the last couple games.”

The defending MIAC regular season champions, the Cobbers are 0-1-3 over their past four games.

“We’re definitely going to keep going game by game, working hard for a full 90 (minutes) and working hard for each other,” Habein said. “There’s a little bit of frustration, but we’re a tight team. I’m confident we will pull through.”

FIRST HALF: 1, CC, Rounds (Obermiller) 7:42. 2, ST, Savino 23:11.

SECOND HALF: 3, ST, Scherer (McCartan) 71:25.

SAVES: ST, Byron 2-3–5. CC, Nelson 1-3–4.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

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