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Glenn Pursley, Published November 03 2012

Cobbers claim MIAC women's soccer championship

MOORHEAD – Concordia’s Sadie Hayes came off the bench to score the game-winning goal to defeat Augsburg 7-6 in a shootout after playing to a 0-0 tie on Saturday to win the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer championship for the second time in three years.

“As a freshman stepping up, I mean what a big moment for her,” Cobbers head coach Dan Weiler said. “She didn’t play a minute on the field today, but she just came up huge. You can’t say enough about what she did, it’s great.”

Hayes, who saw no playing time during Saturday’s championship match, was called to action in the 10th round of a shootout following an Augsburg shot that sailed just over the crossbar.

Hayes’ shot up the middle found its way through the arms of Auggies goalkeeper Katie Gajewski for the winning goal.

“Two years ago, in a summer tournament, I went before the whistle and lost the game for us,” Hayes said. “So this time I was just telling myself to wait for the whistle.”

Concordia controlled possession for a majority of the first half and allowed the Auggies only one shot, which was stopped by goalkeeper Ali Nelson.

Nelson, who started her 21st postseason contest Saturday, broke the record for most playoff games played by a single athlete in Cobbers’ athletic history.

“It wasn’t really something that I was thinking about, but I’ll take it,” she said. “I’m more worried about team goals, and we got the one we wanted today. This was our goal from the beginning of the year.”

Forward Sarah Rounds tallied five shots and two shots on goal for Concordia.

“They’ve showed a lot of heart and they’ve been gutting out games like this all year. They have that kind of mentality,” Weiler said.

The Cobbers receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III tournament for winning the MIAC championship.

FIRST HALF: No scoring

SECOND HALF: No scoring

OVERTIME: No scoring

SECOND OVERTIME: No scoring

SHOOTOUT: CC, L. Prosinski, Ekdahl, Robinson, St. Germain, M. Prosinski, Hayes. A, Muyres, Kuramoto, Allen, Rodstein, Dorale, Fitzgerald.

SAVES: CC, Nelson 2. A, Gajewski 9.

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Forum reporter Glenn Pursley can be reached at (701) 241-5558.