ST. PETER, Minn. (4/22/21)---One of Vince Lombardi's famous quotes is "we didn't lose the game, we just ran out of time." On Thursday, Concordia just ran out of time – barely.
The Cobbers scored two goals in the final 16 minutes of the second half at Gustavus and were in need of a few more minutes to complete the comeback after falling behind 3-0 at the start of the final period of play. In the end, Concordia dropped a 3-2 decision to the Gusties.
The 1-goal loss marks the fifth straight game that the Cobbers have lost by a single goal. With the win, Gustavus improves to 3-2-0 for the spring.
Concordia's Achilles' heel on Thursday was the early stages of each half. The Cobbers conceded a pair of goals in the first 17 minutes of the first half and then allowed the eventual game-winning goal in the second minute of the second half.
The Cobbers started their comeback path in the 75th minute of the game. Concordia trailed 2-0 before senior Klara Beinhorn got CC on the board with her first goal of the spring. Junior Lauren Tschider set up the goal and picked up her first assist of the year.
Concordia then staged a late-game flurry to try and get to within a single goal. The Cobbers held possession in the Gusties defensive half of the field and were awarded a corner kick at the 88:16 mark which resulted in the ball being bounced around inside the Gustavus penalty area. Concordia would finally be rewarded in the final minute of play. Freshman Lindsey Hildebrand, who had just come on to the field after the corner kick, found the back of the net at 89:10 to cut the deficit to one goal at 3-2.
Hildebrand's unassisted strike was the first of her collegiate career.
The stat sheet was in favor of Gustavus in the first half and then the Cobbers turned the table in the second 45 minutes of play. Concordia held a 7-6 edge in total shots in the second half while both teams had four shots on goal in the period.
The Cobbers finished the game with eight total shots. Hildebrand and Samantha Holmberg had two shots each to lead the CC offense.
Concordia used both of their freshmen goalkeepers in the game. Breanna Nelson played the first 55:14 of the game and made six saves. Grace Mork entered in the 55th minute of play, finished off the second half and made a pair of stops in her collegiate debut.
UP NEXT: Concordia will finish off the spring season when they play at St. Olaf on Saturday, May 1 at 1:30 p.m.
RECAP SPONSOR: Today's recap sponsor is Red River Trails. Cobber athletics would like to thank Red River Trails for their long-time support of Concordia student/athletes.