Nov. 16, 2009

Courtesy of Macalester Athletics

Concordia-Moorhead scored three second half goals to beat the Scots 3-1 Sunday night at Macalester Stadium in an NCAA Division III second-round playoff game as the Scots wind up their season with a 14-6-3 record.

No. 8-ranked Concordia, the MIAC regular-season champs, improve to 18-0-2 and move on to the Sweet 16, where they will play next weekend against Lynchburg (Va.). The Cobbers received second half goals from Killashandra Link, Sam Johnson and Abby Habein. Goalkeeper Ali Nelson turned away eight shots on net. Concordia advances to the Round of 16 for the first time in the program's history.

The Cobbers scored in the 69th and 81st minute on their first two shots on goal, but had to hold off the Scots after Mac's Jordan Eckstein (Jr., Northampton, Mass.) cut the lead in half, scoring off a Maddie Mette (Sr., Burnsville, Minn.) pass with her first goal of the season in the 88th minute. With just over a minute to play, however, Concordia clinched the victory with its third goal.

This was the final game for Macalester head coach John Leaney, who is retiring from coaching. Leaney led the Scots to 14 NCAA tournament appearances and his final record with the program is a remarkable 299-79-33 record. He led the Macalester women to eight MIAC championships. Leaney coached the Macalester women's team for 21 years and men's team for 20 and combined, his overall record at Mac is 535-168-69. His Macalester women's and men's team claimed 17 MIAC titles and made the trip to the NCAA playoffs 23 times.