Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Concordia-Moorhead

ST. PAUL, Minn.
—Concordia scored a pair of second-half goals and beat Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in St. Paul. The Cobbers advance to the second round for the second consecutive year and will play the winner of the Macalester/UW-Stevens Point game on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.

Concordia (12-4-4) was unable to score for the first 49 minutes of the game despite outshooting the Eagles 12-5 in the first half. CC came out in the first four minutes of the second half and were determined to take it at the Northwestern defense. Their energy was rewarded when they were given a corner kick at 48:59. Abby Habein went out to the left corner to take the kick and delivered a perfectly placed lined cross to the penalty area, six yards out from goal. Concordia sophomore forward Sarah Rounds then ran on to the service and headed it past the Northwestern goalie and into the net to give CC a 1-0 lead at 49:12. For Rounds it was her 12th goal of the season.

Facing a 1-0 deficit, Northwestern (13-9-0) had to come out of its defensive formation and tried to attack the Cobber back line. With the extended space in the offensive half of the field, the Cobbers were able to get better chances at the Eagle net. Concordia went close on a number of occasions but could never come up with the back-breaking second goal of the game. Sue Obermiller was denied on a breakaway in the 66th minute. That play capped a series of eight shots for Concordia in a span of 14 minutes. During that stretch Obermiller had four shots.

Concordia was finally able to poach its second goal in the 85th minute of play. Once again Rounds came through in an NCAA Tournament game. Sam Johnson hammered the ball from the top of the penalty area that the Eagle goalie did well to make the stop on. The ball caromed off the goalies body and rolled to the left side of the penalty area. Rounds sprinted to the loose ball and settled the ball with her first touch. She then hammered a shot/cross towards the goal. The Northwestern goalie thought the ball was going wide but instead it soared between her and the post and into the net.

It was Rounds' 13th goal of the year and fourth in the last two NCAA first round games. She also had both goals in the Cobbers' 2-0 win over Dubuque in 2009.

The Cobbers were able to finish off the final five minutes of play and wound up outshooting the Eagles 28-6 including 16-1 in the second half. CC also held a 14-4 advantage in shots on goal. Rounds had a game-high nine shots and Obermiller added eight. Concordia had 11 corner kicks as compared to only one for Northwestern.

Ali Nelson had four saves to pick up her eighth shutout of the season. Tara Hanson had a solid game in goal for Northwestern and came away with 12 tough saves in the losing effort.