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Eric Peterson, Published October 14 2010

Men's soccer: Playoff berth within their sights, Concordia nearing its first MIAC tournament spot

Concordia men’s soccer inched closer to program history on Wednesday at Jake Christiansen athletic complex.

Riley McGlynn scored two goals to spark the Cobbers to a 2-0 victory against Hamline in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

The victory moved the Cobbers (10-3-1, 5-2-1 MIAC) closer to their first ever MIAC playoff berth. The league tournament started in 2003. The top four teams in the league make the MIAC playoffs.

Concordia is in second place in the MIAC with 16 points. Carleton leads the league with 19 points.

“We’re aware of the numbers, but at the same time we’re just trying to stay focused and not get distracted by that either,” said Cobbers head coach Dan Weiler. “The guys are pretty hungry.”

McGlynn increased his season goal total to 11 with his two-goal performance vs. Hamline. The junior forward has 32 points this fall, the third highest point total in program history. He is one point shy of the second highest point total.

The school record is 42 points, which Peter Curry set in 1994.

Wednesday’s victory also gave the Cobbers their second consecutive 10-win season. The last time that happened was in 1996 and 1997.

“We are trying to prove that we are a good team and a force to be reckoned with,” McGlynn said. “We’re hoping to make the playoffs. It means a lot to be part of the whole re-birth of the program.”

McGlynn scored his first goal Wednesday in the 74th minute for a 1-0 lead. He added a second goal less than 12 minutes later for the final margin.

“He’s very deceptive because he is a tireless worker. He can shoot with either foot,” Weiler said. “He’s been fantastic, no question.”

Concordia has four games remaining in the regular season, including two conference games. The Cobbers have re-built the program to this point after not winning a conference game in 2006. They won two MIAC games in 2007, three in 2008 and six a season ago.

“We’re just more experienced than we have been,” said Weiler, who took over the program in 2007.

“We have enough quality and experience to feel like we are going to be there in the end.”

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: 1, CC, McGlynn 73:53. 2, CC, McGlynn (Kazemi) 85:21.

SAVES: HU, Nelson 2-7–9. CC, Runquist 1-2–3.

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

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