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October 27, 2010

2010 Season - Vikings blow past North Central 4-2

Sean Fidlow had a goal and an assist as Augustana defeated North Central 4-2 at a windy Ericson Field Wednesday night.

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - Sean Fidlow (Carmel Catholic HS, Gurnee, Ill.) had a goal and an assist as Augustana scored three times in the second half to defeat North Central 4-2 at Ericson Field Wednesday night. The Vikings improve to 8-9-1 overall and 4-2-0 in the CCIW, while the Cardinals fall to 5-9-3 overall and 0-5-1 in the league.

 With a strong wind whipping out of the west, the match was played almost entirely in Ericson Field's east end. North Central was headed that direction in the first half and got on the board first when Tyler Lundquist scored his fourth goal of the season in the seventh minute. Viking goalkeeper Tyler Cowherd (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) stopped a Steven Mackey header and a follow up Pete Zimmerman on the play, but Lundquist took advantage when Augustana was unable to clear the ball.

 The Vikings answered in the 11th minute when Sean O'Malley (University HS, Bloomington, Ill.) found a wide open Matt Shipon (South Elgin HS, Elgin, Ill.) in front of the Cardinal goal and Shipon buried his third goal of the year to even the score. The assist was O'Malley's first of the season. Augustana missed a golden opportunity to take the lead two minutes later when Greg Maggio's (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) attempt from 15 yards out slid wide left.

 In the 30th minute, the Cardinals regained the lead when Zimmerman's 40-yard blast sailed over Cowherd's head for his third goal of the season. The half ended with North Central leading 2-1.

 With the wind at their backs in the second period, the Vikings got the equalizer in the 61st minute. Maggio fired a shot past Cardinal keeper Mike McEvoy and just inside the left post to level the score at 2-2. The goal was Maggio's fourth of the season. Then, just three minutes later, Jason Beckus (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) scored his first goal of the season off a Fidlow corner kick to give Augustana a 3-2 lead.

 Fidlow's fifth goal of the season finished the scoring in the 78th minute. Kevin Wyrostek (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) was credited with his first assist of the season on the play.

 The effect of the wind was apparent in looking at the final totals. With the wind in its favor in the opening period, North Central outshot the Vikings 12-4 and held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks. With the tables turned during the second 45 minutes, the Vikings held a 16-7 advantage in shots and a 6-1 lead in corner kicks. McEvoy was credited with four saves in the match, while Cowherd made six and backup Steven Zahrobsky (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) added one of his own in a little over four minutes in goal.

 On Saturday, October 30, the Vikings travel to Elmhurst to face the Bluejays in their regular season finale. That match is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.