Concordia University's women's soccer team combined strong defensive play and a fast start by freshman forward Kari Zielke to charge to a 2-0 start under first-year head coach Steve Moore. Sophomore keeper Malika Manouzi made seven saves while four different Cougars tallied in a 4-0 season-opening win over Dominican University on Sept. 1. Senior midfielder Jackie Konrad (Fenwick H.S.) scored the only goal the Cougars would need when she converted at the far post off of a cross from Kim Gottsacker in the 19th minute. Zielke would close out the scoring, following goals by Maria Limon and Kristin Prange with a 61st-minute strike.
Zielke made an impressive home debut on Sept. 3 by scoring two goals in Concordia's 3-0 win over MacMurray College. Gottsacker's 20-yard bomb in the 29th minute opened the scoring before Zielke notched unassisted tallies in the 39th and 86th minutes.
The Cougars will play road matches at Millikin University on Wednesday and again at Dominican on Saturday.
Men's soccer: Dominican took advantage of Concordia being without four ket players and shutout its cross-town rival 14-0 last week.
Concordia football sacked by Loras
The inability to get any kind of rushing attack going was costly for the Concordia football team in their season-opening 48-3 loss to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday. Concordia managed to hang in the game until the third quarter when the Duhawks scored 21 points to build a 42-3 lead.
The Cougars' only points came by way of Dylan Trainor's 22-yard field goal.
Defensively, Josh Schumacher and Justin Allen recorded 10 tackles each.
The Cougars will hope to rev up the attack when they play at Elmhurst College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Webcasts to begin
Concordia University will begin a selected schedule of webcasts this Thursday, Sept. 8 with a traditional rivalry featured. The Cougar volleyball team will host their home opener against Division Street rival Dominican University at 7 p.m. in Concordia's Geiseman Gymnasium. The webcast will be made available on www.curf.edu to all interested viewers and will highlight area competition at its finest. Plans at this time are to feature three more volleyball matches (Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 20) and at least three conference basketball doubleheaders.
Press releases contributed to this report.