Concordia's soccer teams are settling in at home for the next few weeks, and both men and women began the stretch with a victory.
The Cougar men edged conference rival Benedictine University 2-1 on Oct. 6. Matt Burns scored his first goal of the season on a direct kick for the only goal of the first half, and Nick Kowalski added a second-half goal on a pass from Fernando Cervantes. The Eagles got one goal back with eight minutes remaining, but the Cougar defense held firm and did not allow the visitors any more serious scoring chances.
The men hosted Maranatha Baptist Bible College on Friday, and the two teams battled into the twilight to finish in a 1-1 tie. The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead on a rebound that followed a shot off the crossbar, but Cervantes would get that back in the 49th minute as he collected an errant clearing pass and beat the keeper low to the right. The teams would battle through two scoreless overtime periods with Concordia having one great chance to win. However, a loose ball in front was cleared before one of the Cougar forwards was able to slam it home.
Concordia's women came back from a six-day hiatus to defeat Maranatha by a 3-1 score. The Crusaders took the early lead on a penalty kick, but Trixy Hesskamp and Maria Limon answered with goals just 70 seconds apart late in the half for a 2-1 lead. Limon would add an insurance goal in the 79th minute when she pounced on a loose ball that had squirted past the keeper and shot into a vacated net. The win improved the Cougar women's record to 5-4-1.
Tennis: The Cougars finished in third place both in the regular season and in the weekend's conference tournament in Aurora. Stacey Raymond (second singles) and Amy MacLaughlin (third) both took second place at their respective flights, and Holly Bray (first), Trina Wetzel (fourth) and Christina Specht (fifth) each captured third place in their brackets. In doubles play, the first team of Bray and Raymond lost in the championship round 8-4, and the second team of MacLaughlin and Wetzel took third place.
Football: The Cougars (0-6) lost 60-0 to Concordia (Wis.) on Saturday.
Stars remain perfect
The Dominican University men's soccer team picked up a pair of Lake Michigan Conference (LMC) victories last week to remain undefeated in conference play and improve their overall record to 11-1-0 (5-0-0 LMC).
On Saturday, the Stars traveled to Wisconsin Lutheran College and knocked off the Warriors 3-0. Senior David Niederholtmeyer had a pair of goals, including a penalty kick in the game's 20th minute. Freshman Matt Kochanowski capped the Stars scoring with his team-leading 17th goal of the season in the 82nd minute.
Earlier in the week, the Stars knocked off Concordia University (Wis.) on the road. The Stars fell behind 1-0 in the first half, but finally broke through with three goals in the final thirty minutes to take a 3-1 victory.
Freshman Plamen Pamukov evened the score at 1-1 in the 60th minute before Kochanowski banged home a pair of goals to lift the Stars to the win.
Press releases contributed to this report.