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Small colleges notebook: Cobbers look to rebound in MIAC

Concordia has started its season with a difficult schedule, playing two teams ranked in the USCHO.com Division III Top 15 men's hockey poll. The Cobbers have also played two teams that are getting votes in that poll.

Concordia has started its season with a difficult schedule, playing two teams ranked in the USCHO.com Division III Top 15 men's hockey poll. The Cobbers have also played two teams that are getting votes in that poll.

"I'm the one the blame for giving us four brutally tough games to start the season, but I wanted to have it that way to give us a great challenge," said Cobbers coach Chris Howe, whose team is off to a 0-4 start.

The Cobbers start their Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season at 7 p.m. today against winless

St. Mary's (0-4) at the Moorhead Sports Center.

"With the league, hope springs eternal," Howe said. "Everybody feels like when the league starts they have a clean shot. Right now we're on top of the league tied with everybody 0-0."

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The Cobbers had a 3-20-2 record last season, Howe's first as head coach.

Howe is hoping a solid group of young players can turn that around. The Cobbers have 22 freshmen and sophomores on their roster.

"It's them coming into their own and learning how to win," Howe said. "They're talented players. Every team we play, their coach comments on how scary our freshmen and sophomore are. ... The talent is there and I know they are going to do it. We just have to do it."

Sophomore defenseman Erick Galt was an All-MIAC selection in his freshman season.

"He is our best all-around player," Howe said of the former Fargo South star. "He's outstanding. He was a first-team All-MIAC as a freshman on a last-place team. That shows you how good that guy is."

The Cobbers have eight players from the Fargo-Moorhead area on their roster. That includes six former Moorhead High skaters. Former Spud Pat Deitz leads the Cobbers with four goals through four games.

"I'm really excited about the local talent that I'm bringing in here," Howe said.

Johnson earns MIAC soccer MVP honors

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Concordia junior forward Sam Johnson has been named MIAC women's soccer player of the year.

Johnson, from Fargo North, scored 21 goals and added three assists to help the Cobbers to a 16-0-2 record. Johnson scored a league-leading 11 goals in 11 conference games.

"I think it's well deserved," said Cobbers coach Dan Weiler, who was named MIAC coach of the year. "She has had an outstanding year. She is competitive and she wants to improve every day."

Midfielders Abby Habein and Sue Obermiller and forward Sarah Rounds were also named All-MIAC.

Other stuff

Concordia forward Riley McGlynn and goalkeeper Mads Schmidt were named to the All-MIAC men's soccer team. ... Concordia sophomore outside hitter Jenna Green has been named to the AVCA All-Central Region volleyball team. ... Minnesota State Moorhead senior Ann Guswelle has been named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference female swimmer of the week. ... MSUM and Concordia are both scheduled to wrestle at Saturday's Bison Open at the Bison Sports Arena. The Cobbers have a

4-0 dual record this season and are ranked No. 8 in the Division III national rankings.

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Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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