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November 16, 2009

2009 Season - Sweet 16 comes to Ericson Field

Fresh off a pair of scintillating victories in the regional, Augustana will host the sectional in NCAA Division III women’s soccer action. Veteran head coach Scott Mejia’s Vikings moved to 20-1-1 with wins over Albion (2-1 on Saturday, November 14) and Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1-0 on Sunday, November 15). The reward for the Blue & Gold will be a host spot in the round of the Sweet 16.

Augustana will be joined in the sectional by Calvin (15-4-1), Wheaton (17-4-1) and Washington (16-3-1). The Vikings will play Calvin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20 while Wheaton and Washington will tangle at 7:30 p.m. that same night. The winners will play at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 for the right to advance to the NCAA Division III Final Four, which will be held on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.

Ticket prices are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students and military personnel, and $2.00 for children ages 3-12. All three matches will take place at Ericson Field.

Augustana is in the NCAA Division III national tournament for the third time and all of those appearances have come since 2005. The Vikings played to a 0-0 tie against Wisconsin-Eau Claire that year in the Wheaton regional but failed to advance because the BluGolds won the penalty kick portion of the match. In 2006 Augustana defeated Grinnell 2-1 in the first round before falling to Wisconsin-Eau Claire 4-0 in the regional final, which was hosted by Eau Claire. The Vikings are currently 3-1-1 all-time in NCAA tournament action.

Freshman Taylor Moesle (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.), with nine goals and six assists, leads Augustana in scoring this year with 24 total points. Sophomore Erin Coulson (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) is right behind with a team-high 11 goals and one assist for 23 points. Seniors Katie Oakes (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) (9-3-21) and Lauren Polock (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) (4-10-18), along with sophomores Caitlin Winkelman (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) (8-3-19) and Ashley Higuchi (Smoky Hill HS, Aurora, Colo.) (6-4-16) are close behind in the balanced Viking attack. Augustana goalkeeper Kayla Radloff (West Chicago HS, West Chicago, Ill.) is 19-1-1 with a 0.48 goals against average and .841 save percentage. She’s recorded 11 shutouts.

The Vikings’ opponent on Friday, the Calvin Knights, are led by 2009 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association MVP Emily Ottenhoff. Ottenhoff, a senior midfielder, has seven goals and three assists on the year and helped guide the Knights to the MIAA regular season title. Calvin also boasts All-MIAA first-teamers Carly Prins (seven goals and six assists for a team-high 20 points) and Allison Boender (1-0-2) as well as second team selection Kellie Honderd (0-2-2). Senior Kayla Sulzer has played every minute in goal and has a 15-4-1 record with 14 shutouts, a 0.45 GAA and an .839 save percentage. Knight head coach Mark Recker is 139-33-15 in his ninth season at Calvin. The school is making its seventh NCAA appearance with a 6-2-5 all-time record.

Friday’s other Sweet 16 matchup will pit three-time NCAA Division III champion Wheaton against University Athletic Association co-champion Washington University. Wheaton, who claimed national titles in 2004, 2006 and 2007 as well as a runner-up finish last season, finished a game behind league champion Augustana in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin standings this year. The 18th-ranked Thunder is 34-8-3 all-time in NCAA tournament play. This is the school’s 13th NCAA appearance. Veteran head coach Pete Felske, the only coach the Thunder program has ever known, is 343-91-21 in his 22nd season. Wheaton features senior Taryne Lee, a four-time first team All-CCIW selection and three-time conference Player of the Year. She is currently the 18th-leading goal scorer in Division III history with 97 career goals. Lauren Anderson (1-0-2), Jaime Orewiler (7-4-18) and Maria Della Torre (3-3-9) joined Lee on the All-CCIW first team while Brittany Bergh (10-8-28) and Ali Kopelman (13-6-32) were named to the second team. Goalkeeper Hillary Barreto is 17-4-1 with a 0.88 GAA, a .771 save percentage and eight shutouts.

Wheaton will face a 12th-ranked Washington team that eliminated yet another CCIW school, Illinois Wesleyan, 1-0 on Sunday to advance to Rock Island. The Bears’ Caryn Rosoff (11-5-27) was this year’s UAA MVP. Libby Held (0-1-1) and Becca Heyman (6-2-14) were also on the All-UAA first team. Team scoring leader Emma Brown (15-6-36) and Carter Schwarberg (1-1-3) were second team picks and Lee Ann Felder (5-8-18) was honorably mentioned. Goalkeeper Clara Jacques was a first team All-UAA pick as well as the league’s Rookie of the Year. Jacques has posted a 15-3-1 record with five shutouts. Her goals against average is 0.64 and she has a save percentage of .853. The Bears, under second-year head coach Jim Conlon (31-7-3), are making their ninth NCAA appearance with a 14-7-3 record all-time.

RECORD BOOK UPDATE: While this year’s team has achieved a new school record for wins with 20, several individuals have moved up the single-season and career lists as well. Lauren Polock’s 10 assists in 2009 are a new school record, surpassing the previous mark of eight held by Polock (twice) and Yvonne Gagliano (1994). Kayla Radloff’s 19 wins in goal better the previous school record of 14 set by Keri Hess in 2006. Erin Coulson’s 11 goals this year tie her for 10th on the single-season list with teammate Jessica Dodds’ (Linn-Mar HS, Marion, Iowa) 2008 total. On the career lists, Polock now has a school-record 33 assists, nearly double the second-place total of 18 by Katie Oakes. Polock’s 16 goals tie her for 10th with Laura Schan (1993-96) and she has moved into fifth place in total points with 65. Oakes now ranks fourth in both career goals scored and total points with 33 and 84, respectively. Coulson, with 19 career goals, now ranks ninth on Augustana’s all-time list.