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November 19, 2008

2009 Season - 2008 WOMEN'S SOCCER REVIEW


ROCK ISLAND, Ill.
– The Augustana women’s soccer team concluded the 2008 season with a 15-4-0 mark under eighth year head coach Scott Mejia.  The 15 victories tie the school record for most wins in a single season that was set in 2005 and matched again in 2006.  The Vikings finished 5-2 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, earning a three way tie for second place in the league.

The Vikings opened the season in dominating fashion, shutting out the first three opponents while cruising to wins over Concordia-Chicago (10-0), UW-Stout (3-0), and MacMurray (11-0).  After a 1-0 loss at Iowa Conference regular season champion Wartburg, the Vikings came back with another three match winning streak.  Augustana pulled out a 2-1 win at Greenville in overtime, earned a 3-1 victory at Coe, and shut out its fourth opponent of the season in a 1-0 win over Luther.

Augustana opened it CCIW slate against defending conference and national champion Wheaton.  The Vikings hung in until late in the second half when Wheaton pulled away for a 3-0 win.  Again, Mejia’s players responded in a positive fashion, this time rattling off victories in the next five contests.  The Vikings raced past Millikin 6-1 and followed with a 4-1 victory at North Central.  Sitting at 8-2, the Blue & Gold made the long trek to Kenosha, Wisconsin to face regionally ranked and unbeaten Carthage.  Augustana came away with a 1-0 win, earning its fifth shutout of the season.  The team grabbed its fourth straight conference victory with a 3-1 win at North Park and also scored the sixth shutout of the season in a 9-0 decision over Westminster.  A 2-0 loss at Illinois Wesleyan finally ended the streak, but the Vikings were still 11-3 heading into the home stretch of the season.

Three more shutout wins followed in the next four games and Augustana also knocked off Iowa Conference tournament champion Loras to finish the regular season with a mark of 15-3-0 overall.  The Vikings defeated a regionally ranked Concordia-Moorhead squad 1-0, finished CCIW play with a 2-0 home win over Elmhurst, beat Loras 3-1, and knocked off Grinnell 1-0 in double overtime in the regular season finale.

The Vikings earned the number three seed in the CCIW tournament and traveled to Wheaton for the semi-final round of action.  Augustana jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but eventually fell 2-1 to the Thunder.  The season came to an end with the Vikings finishing with a great mark of 15-4-0 overall.

Freshman forward Jessica Dodds (Linn-Mar HS, Marion, Iowa) stepped up big in her first season at the collegiate level, leading the Vikings with 11 goals and earning CCIW All-Conference second team honors.  She added two assists and led the team with a total of 24 points.  Freshman forward Ashley Higuchi (Smoky Hill HS, Aurora, Colo.) and junior midfielder Lauren Polock (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) each finished with 19 points.  Higuchi scored eight goals and was credited with three assists.  Polock, named to the CCIW All-Conference squad as a second team selection, led the Vikings with seven assists and also scored six goals.

Freshman forward Erin Coulson (Naperville Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) and freshman midfielder Caitlin Winkelman (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) each tallied 18 points on eight goals and a pair of assists.  Junior forward Katie Oakes (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) was the sixth Viking to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points on five goals and two assists.  Oakes was also honored as a CCIW first team All-Conference selection.
 
Freshman midfielder Holly Timm (Northglenn HS, Denver, Colo.) scored three goals and had one assist to finish with seven points.  Freshman midfielder Kelly Johnson (Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, Ill.) finished with three goals, scoring six points.  Junior defender Darla Smith (Davenport North HS, Davenport, Iowa) played a key role on the defense and also added five points on a goal and three assists.  Freshman midfielder Megan Mummert (Crawfordsville HS, Crawfordsville, Ind.), sophomore midfielder Gina Adduci (West Chicago HS, West Chicago, Ill.), sophomore midfielder Amanda Muruato (Willowbrook HS, Lombard, Ill.), and freshman midfielder Evann Hilt (Crystal Lake South HS, Lake in the Hills, Ill.) each finished the year with a goal and an assist, totaling three  points.

Sophomore midfielder Rachel Nerad (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.), freshman midfielder Mary Pat Holtrop (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.), freshman defender Emily Tilton (Naperville Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.), senior midfielder Amanda Ramirez (Wheaton North HS, Winfield, Ill.), and junior defender Anna Carey (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Warrenville, Ill.) each finished with a goal and scored two points.  Carey was the leader of the Viking defense and earned first team CCIW All-Conference honors.  Freshman midfielder Jenna Doyle (Regis Jesuit HS, Parker, Colo.) and freshman midfielder Kelly Nagle (Vernon Hills HS, Vernon Hills, Ill.) were each credited with an assist and finished with one point.

Freshman goalkeeper Kayla Radloff (West Chicago HS, West Chicago, Ill.) led the team with 50 saves and only allowed 13 goals.  She finished the year with a goals against average of 0.85 and played in 18 of the 19 games, compiling 1,375 minutes in goal for the Vikings.  Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Voigt (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) played in seven games and made eight saves.  She only allowed one goal and finished with a goals against average of 0.32 in 281 minutes of action.  Sophomore goalkeeper Shanna Ewoldt (Waubonsie Valley HS, Aurora, Ill.) played in two games and made one save in 75 minutes of work.

Augustana dominated much of the opposition, outscoring its opponents 61-14 during the season.  The Vikings finished with 310 shots and held foes to 140 attempts.  Augustana almost doubled the corner kick output of its opponents, attempting 82 to only 42 for its competition.

Head coach Scott Mejia finished his eighth season with the Vikings and has a 104-43-10 overall record and a 34-17-5 mark in the CCIW.  Mejia’s overall coaching record of 129-62-11 includes two years at Lakeland College.

CCIW Women’s Soccer Standings           
TEAM                   CCIW OVERALL
Illinois Wesleyan 6-1-0 15-6-2
Wheaton             5-2-0 19-3-2
Augustana           5-2-0 15-4-0
Carthage             5-2-0 17-4-0
Elmhurst              3-4-0 8-7-1
North Park           2-4-1 4-13-1
Millikin                  1-6-0 12-8-0
North Central       0-6-1 6-8-4

2008 AUGUSTANA WOMEN’S SOCCER SUPERLATIVES
CAREER TOP TEN LIST – GOALS SCORED: Katie Oakes…T – 6th with 24
CAREER TOP TEN LIST – POINTS SCORED: Katie Oakes…5th with 63; Lauren Polock…9th with 47
CAREER TOP TEN LIST – ASSISTS: Lauren Polock…1st with 23; Katie Oakes…4th with 15
SINGLE SEASON TOP TEN LIST – GOALS SCORED: Jessica Dodds…9th with 11
SINGLE SEASON TOP TEN LIST – POINTS SCORED: Tessa Roberts…T-5th with 34
SINGLE SEASON TOP TEN LIST – ASSISTS: Lauren Polock…T-4th with 7
CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS – Anna Carey (1st)…Katie Oakes (1st)…Lauren Polock (2nd)…Jessica Dodds (2nd)
ESPN – THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM – Darla Smith (3rd) 

TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE PLAYER – Jessica Dodds

MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE PLAYER – Anna Carey

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – Evann Hilt

IRON VIKING AWARD – Megan Mummert

 

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand