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December 7, 2009

2009 Season - Five Vikings named to all-region team

Five Augustana women’s soccer players were named to the All-Central Region team by the National Soccer Coaches Association, it was announced today. Seniors Anna Carey (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Warrenville, Ill.) and Lauren Polock (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) and sophomores Kayla Radloff (West Chicago HS, West Chicago, Ill.) and Caitlin Winkelman (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) were all named to the first team. Senior Katie Oakes (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) was a second team selection.

Carey was named as a defender while Radloff made the team at goalkeeper. Polock and Winkelman were tabbed as midfielders while Oakes was selected as a forward. For Carey, it was her third selection to the all-region team. She was a first team pick as a freshman and a second teamer as a junior. Polock, Radloff, Winkelman and Oakes are all making their first all-regional appearances.

Carey was a stalwart defensive player who helped key an Augustana defense that only allowed 12 goals in 23 matches this past season. She was a second team all-conference selection, the third time in her career that she was named to the all-conference team in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. Radloff was the first team all-conference goalkeeper and she gave up just 12 goals in 1,969 minutes (22 matches) this year for a goals-against-average of 0.55. She was a part of 13 shutouts and had a personal record of 19-2-1.

Polock recorded four goals and 10 assists and was a first team all-conference pick for the fourth straight year. She was first team in 2007 and 2009 and second team in 2006 and 2008. She owns the school record for career assists with 33 and her 10 assists this year is a new single season record as well. Winkelman scored nine goals and had three assists for a total of 21 points and she was a first team all-conference selection. Oakes had nine goals and four assists for 22 points and finished her career in fourth place on the school’s all-time goal scoring list with 33. She had 19 assists in her career and that is the second highest total ever for the Vikings. Her career point total is 85 and that is fourth on the all-time list.

Augustana was 20-2-1 for the season and set a new school record for victories in a single season. The Vikings won the CCIW title for the first time in school history and also won the conference tournament. They advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Division III national tournament after victories over Albion and Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The season ended with a 2-1 loss to Calvin in the first round of the sectional tournament.

Head coach Scott Mejia was named as the Central Region’s “Coach of the Year” by the NSCAA and he was also the “Coach of the Year” in the CCIW. He just finished his ninth season at the helm of the Vikings and he has compiled a record of 124-47-10 during that time.