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Concordia plans ride into sunset

The Portland school announced Monday it will close in spring
By Cliff Pfenning, Publisher

PORTLAND - Longtime soccer power Concordia University announced Monday it will close down its operations following the Spring semester.

The Board of Directors for the northeast Portland private school, founded in 1905, voted to close based on its finances and future prospects. The athletics department, which competes in the NCAA Div. II Great Northwest Athletic Conference, features 13 men's and women's teams in eight sports.

The school has not announced what plans it has for spring sports teams, with both baseball and softball squads having begun play this past week. The men's basketball team is 3-19 overall with six games left on its schedule. The women's team is 4-18 with six games left.

Concordia's softball team won he GNAC championship last year.

Men's soccer coach Dan Birkey and women's soccer coach Grant Landy have been with the school for 32 and 23 years respectively. 

The school hired athletic directror Matt Martin in November.

The GNAC also features Western Oregon University.



Cavs get dumped again

Concordia's women drop another decision to Lee University
Nov. 28, 2012

Another year, another loss to Lee University.

The Flames from Cleveland, Tenn., scored late to break a 1-all tie and beat Concordia University 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA women's soccer national tournament Wednesday afternoon.

Concordia tied the match with a goal early in the second half by Jenna Peterson, but Lee, which had taken the lead in the 34th minute, scored with 12 minutes left and held on for its 23rd consecutive playoff victory. Lee has won the past four titles, including a victory over Concordia in the final last year.

The Cavaliers finished 17-3-2 overall.



Nov. 27, 2012

Concordia University is back in the NAIA women's soccer tournament quarterfinals after a 1-0 win Tuesday, and waiting there for them is a familiar opponent - Lee University of Cleveland, Tenn.

The Cavaliers are in the quarterfinals for the ninth time in the last 10 years, but have yet to win a title - three times losing to Lee in the 16-team national tournament. The schools met in the final last year as well as 2009.

Lee has won the last four national titles.

Wednesday, the 2 p.m. match (PST) will pit teams that spent, one or the other, the entire season ranked No. 1, according to coaches.

Concordia, after a 1-0 win over Cumberland, Tenn., is 17-2-2 overall, while Lee is 19-1-1 and has not lost a tournament match since 2007.

The Cavaliers got the lone goal of the game from senior Kaylynn Winwood, and allowed just one shot on goal Tuesday.

Concordia's men's team was dropped from the tournament after a 2-1 loss to top-seeded Lindsey Wilson on Monday, and finished their season at 16-4-1.




Eugene completes state title run with 13-6 win

A late rally earns the Challengers the state American Legion title
Aug. 5, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

PORTLAND - For only the third time in American Legion baseball history, a Eugene team has won the state title in Oregon and will represent the state at the regional tournament beginning Wednesday.

The Eugene Challengers completed a stirring run to the title by winning its fifth consecutive elimination game, 13-6, over Medford in the tournament final at Concordia University.

Gaje McDaniel drove in three runs and scored three times to power the Eugene offense, which scored 12 runs in the final two innings.

Joe Schindler held Medford to four runs over eight innings and the Challengers won the state title for the first time since 1999. Eugene lost its first game in the double-elimination tournament, but then won five straight, including a 5-4 win over the Salem Dodgers Sunday prior to the Medford win.

"This was our goal all season," Eugene coach Todd Zeigler said. "We wanted to represent Oregon at the regional tournament."

Eugene begins play in the eight-team regional Wednesday in Billings, Mont. The tournament includes state champions from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and a host team from the Billings region. Hawaii is the defending champion.

Eden Prairie, Minn., is the defending World Series champion, having beaten Tupelo, Miss., 5-4 in a 13-inning title game after winning a game earlier in the day.

The World Series is scheduled for Shelby, N.C., where is has a permanent home. A team from Oregon has won the title just once - 1969, although five other teams have played in the Series final.

Medford, which lost to Eugene 7-4 Saturday, lost in the state final for the third straight year after reaching the World Series title game in 2009.

The Mustangs, who won their opening three games of the tournament, led 4-1 entering the eighth and were still ahead 4-2 with two out when Travis Boggs reached by being hit on a 3-2 pitch and Kevin Eyster and McDaniel hit run-scoring singles to tie the score. The Challengers went ahead 6-4 on a misplayed fly to right field, then sent 13 batters to the plate in the ninth.

In the ninth, Eugene sent 13 batters to the plate and scored seven runs, with the bases loaded as the inning ended.



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