Concordia University's volleyball Cougars opened their 2005 home season on Sept. 8 with the renewal of the local rivalry with Dominican University. The Cougars took a while to shake off the effects of a five-game loss to North Park University the previous night, but Concordia found the spark about midway through the third game and went on to defeat their crosstown foe by scores of 30-19, 20-30, 30-24, 30-27.
Setter/right-side hitter Jessica Nahnsen had a strong match in recording a team-high nine kills, 17 assists and 12 digs. Jessica Theilen and Jessica Gonzalez added seven kills each, and freshman Kari Herbst added 15 assists as the Cougars enjoyed their best effort of the young season in running the 6-2 offense.
Football: The Cougars fell to 0-2 on the season with a 55-14 loss at Elmhurst College on Saturday. The Cougars fell behind 27-0 before getting on the board when Jason Bangert intercepted a Bluejay pass and returned the ball to the 40. Four plays later, Tony Fontana bounced off two tacklers and ran in from 12 yards out to give the Cougars their first seven points of the day. A late Elmhurst score made the score 34-7 at the half.
Bangert struck again midway through the third quarter when he scooped up a fumble off a jarring hit by Josh Schumacher and returned the ball 40 yards for a touchdown and a 34-14 deficit.
Soccer: A span of nine days made a world of difference to Concordia's men's soccer team in their Sept. 10 match at Dominican. While the Cougars were pounded 14-0 by the Stars back on Sept. 1, Concordia pushed their neighbors to the limit in Saturday's rematch, losing 2-1 on a late goal.
The Cougars were at full strength for Saturday's tilt and held firm during the first half, allowing just a 12th minute goal by DU's David Neiderholtmeyer. The 1-0 score held until the 84th minute when Andrew Tirmenstein converted a pass from Fernando Cervantes for his second goal of the season and a 1-1 tie. However, Neiderholtmeyer's second goal of the match would come just three minutes later, enabling the hosts to escape with the hard-fought win.
Tennis: The Cougars got off to a 3-1 start on the season, including a 2-0 record in NIIC play. The Cougars had an easy time with Rockford College in an 8-1 win on Saturday.