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Eric Peterson, Published October 15 2013

Posinski nets game-winning goal for Cobbers

FARGO – Moments after she had scored the winning goal, Marta Prosinski wasn’t exactly sure how it happened.

“It was the weirdest goal,” the Concordia junior forward said with a laugh.

Prosinski headed in a bouncing ball, from right in front of the goal to lift Concordia to a 1-0 overtime victory against Bethel in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer at Sid Cichy Stadium.

“It doesn’t really matter how it goes in as long as it goes in,” Cobbers head coach Kevin Roos said.

Concordia (9-3-1, 6-1-1 MIAC) remained in first place in the conference with the victory. The Cobbers are the only team in the league with less than two MIAC losses.

Concordia has five games remaining in the regular season, including three against MIAC foes.

“It’s in our hands,” Roos said. “We just have to fight for every one of them and not let those chances slip by.”

Concordia controlled play for most of a cold and windy afternoon against Bethel. Temperatures hovered in the 40s with wind gusts close to 30 miles per hour. The artificial turf field was saturated with rain.

The Cobbers held an 18-5 edge in shots. They had 10 shots on goal. Concordia goalkeeper Elizabeth Bitzan had to make two stops to earn the shutout.

On the winning score, Prosinski was able to head the loose ball past the Bethel goalkeeper. That score came with less than two minutes to play in the first overtime period.

“I don’t really remember what happened,” said Prosinski, who has six goals this season. “It was more of a relief than anything to get this win. We really needed this win.”

Prosinski is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals this fall along with junior forward Liz Robinson. Robinson leads the team with eight goals.

Prosinski almost scored the match’s first goal late in the first half. Her shot from close range clanged off the far post with less than four minutes to play until halftime.

Prosinski thought the Cobbers maintained their composure even though they were unable to convert on their scoring chances in regulation.

“You just have to deal with that because that is going to happen in games,” Prosinski said. “I think our team handled it really well and we just were patient and kept working the ball.”

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

OVERTIME: 1, CC, M. Prosinski 98:45.

SAVES: BU, Jensen 9. CC, Bitzan 2.

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