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December 1, 2003

2003 MEN'S SOCCER REVIEW

VIKINGS FINISH YEAR 13-6-1 AND PLACE SECOND IN

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN

 

Playing in the second half of the season with a sense of urgency and finality that was not seen during the first portion of the year allowed Augustana to finish 2003 with a fine 13-6-1 overall record. The Vikings of third year head coach Scott Mejia went 5-1 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin and lost in the championship match of the league tournament to perennial power Wheaton by a score of 2-0. Augustana finished the year in second place in the CCIW.

 

It seemed like the difference was the calendar because when September changed into October the Vikings played like a different team. Following a 2-1 loss at Loras on September 30, Augustana was 5-4 and had been beaten by Wheaton 5-0 just four days earlier. The comeback started on October 4 with a 2-0 home victory over North Central, was temporarily derailed with a 3-1 loss at Chicago on October 8 but picked up again in earnest on October 11 with a 5-0 home win against Monmouth. The win over the Fighting Scots started a seven match winning streak that carried the Vikings into the second seed in the CCIW tournament.

 

Included in that stretch was a cumulative defensive effort that allowed just two goals as saw Augustana outscore its opponents by a margin of 28-2. After the win over Monmouth, victories followed over Concordia (7-2), North Park (1-0), Millikin (4-2), Wisconsin-Whitewater (1-0), Edgewood (5-0) and the regular season finale against Carthage (5-1).

 

That propelled Mejia’s club into the CCIW tournament and the semi-final match against North Park proved to be one for the ages. A goal by Justin Bagdzius (Benet Academy, Darien, IL) gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead but North Park tied the game on a goal by Matt Moncada at 75:00. The game ended still knotted 1-1 after regulation and after two 10 minute overtime periods it was still tied. Officially the game went down as a tie but there was the little matter of advancement in the tournament and that would be decided by penalty kicks.

 

Senior goalkeeper Rob Kramer (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, IL), who had been spectacular in the final half of the season, came up huge on the first penalty kick. Augustana had won the toss and chose to go second, and Kramer, who would finish the season with a 1.50 goals-against-average, gave his team a lift when he smothered Adam Johnson’s attempt. That gave the Vikings the edge and their shooters kept the pressure on. Jason Ross (St. Viator HS, Elk Grove Village, IL) ripped one past North Park goalie Matt Evans to make it 1-0 in the best of five format. Moncada scored for North Park to tie it at 1-1 but Tim Diehl (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, IL) nailed one to make it 2-1. The visitors tied things 2-2 when Eden Dautovic scored but then Dennis Topielec (Lincoln Way HS, New Lenox, IL) slipped one past Evans, who got his hands on the kick, to make it 3-2. Mario Kaleb scored for North Park but Steve Lytle (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, IL) kept the Vikings ahead with a blast past Evans. In the final round North Park’s Kyle Fisher hit the top right of the crossbar and the marathon contest was over.

 

In the championship match Augustana allowed goals near the end of each half and fell to Wheaton 2-0. Still, it was a tremendous season for the Vikings. They posted their ninth consecutive season with at least 10 victories and their 15th in the last 16 years.

 

Colin Nolan (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, IA) led the team in scoring with 15 goals and six assists for 36 points. Nosan’s 15 goal season is the ninth best single season total in school history while the 36 total points are the eighth best.

 

He was not alone as Ross scored 11 goals and had four assists for 26 total points. Ross, who a year earlier led all of NCAA Division III in scoring with 30 goals, put the finishing touches on a career in which he ended up in Augustana’s top 10 in both career goals scored and total points. He scored 56 goals and is second on that list, eight behind the school record 64 put up by Andy Kapoor from 1981-84. His 126 total points (56 goals and 14 assists) is third, trailing Kapoor (145 from 1981-84) and Gerry Meier (134 from 1982-86). Fellow senior Eric Workman (St. Charles HS, St. Charles, IL) ended his career with 16 goals, 15 assists and 47 total points and he is 10th on the school’s all-time list in career assists.

 

While the goal scorers got a lot of credit for the success, the defense was paramount to the strong finish, allowing just eight goals in the final nine games of the season. Kramer, who started all 20 games in goal, had 74 saves and gave up 25 goals for a goals-against-average of 1.50. He established a new school record for career shutouts with 16, breaking the old mark of 14 by Brian Carlson from 1985-88.

 

Mejia finished his third season as the head coach of the Vikings and he has compiled a record of 40-14-4 during that time frame, including a mark of 12-3-3 in the CCIW. He spent two years at Lakeland College prior to coming to Augustana and his record there was 11-27-2, giving him an overall career record of 51-41-6.

 

Workman was selected as the Most Valuable Offensive Player while Kramer won the award for Most Valuable Defensive Player. Lytle was picked as the Most Improved Player and Tim Clutter (Antioch HS, Antioch, IL) was honored as the “Iron Viking”.

 

Diehl was a first team all-conference selection in the CCIW for the second year in a row while Workman, Lytle and Nolan were all second team picks.

 

THE SCOTT MEJIA RECORD

YEAR

W

L

T

.PCT

W

L

T

.PCT

PLACE

Lakeland

Overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1999

4

13

1

.250

 

 

 

 

 

2000

7

14

1

.341

 

 

 

 

 

Career

11

27

2

.300

 

 

 

 

 

Augustana

Overall

 

 

 

CCIW

 

 

 

 

2001

11

5

2

.667

2

2

2

.500

4th

2002

16

3

1

.825

5

0

1

.917

1st

2003

13

6

1

.675

5

1

0

.833

2nd

Career

40

14

4

.724

12

3

3

.750

 

Total

51

41

6

.551

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN FINAL MEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS

 TEAM

OVERALL

WON

OVERALL

LOSS

OVERALL

TIE

.PCT

CCIW

WON

CCIW LOSS

CCIW TIE

.PCT

Wheaton

15

3

2

.800

6

0

0

1.000

Augustana

13

6

1

.675

5

1

0

.833

North Park

10

4

4

.667

3

2

1

.583

Illinois Wesleyan

9

10

0

.474

3

3

0

.500

Carthage

9

7

3

.553

2

3

1

.417

Millikin

5

11

1

.324

1

5

0

.167

North Central

3

14

1

.194

0

6

0

.000

 

2003 CCIW TOURNAMENT

Wednesday, November 5 – Semifinal matches

Wheaton 2, Illinois Wesleyan 0 in Naperville, Illinois

Augustana 1, North Park 1 (Augustana advances 4-3 in shootout) in Rock Island, Illinois

Saturday, November 8 – Championship

Wheaton 2, Augustana 0 in Wheaton, Illinois

 

FINAL POINT TOTALS FOR SEASON

PLACE

TEAM

SEASON

POINTS

TOURNAMENT

POINTS

TOTAL

POINTS

1.

Wheaton

18

6

24

2.

Augustana

15

1

16

3.

North Park

10

0

10

4.

Illinois Wesleyan

9

0

9

5.

Carthage

7

0

7

6.

Millikin

3

0

3

7.

North Central

0

0

0

 

2003 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

CONSECUTIVE 10 WIN SEASONS: With 13-6-1 record, Vikings have now won at least 10 matches for nine straight years

CAREER SHUTOUT SCHOOL RECORD: Rob Kramer with 16 from 2000-03 (4 in 2000…3 in 2001…2 in 2002…7 in 2003)

CAREER TOP TEN GOALS SCORED: 56 – Jason Ross from 2000-03…moves into tie for second place

CAREER TOTAL POINTS SCORED: 126 – Jason Ross from 2000-03…moves into third place

CAREER ASSISTS: 15 – Eric Workman from 2000-03…moves into tie for 10th place

SINGLE SEASON GOALS SCORED: 15 – Colin Nolan…ninth best in school history

SINGLE SEASON POINTS SCORED: 36 – Colin Nolan (15 goals & six assists)…eighth best in school history

MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Eric Workman

MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Rob Kramer

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Steve Lytle

IRON VIKING AWARD: Tim Clutter

FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE: Tim Diehl

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE: Eric Workman, Steve Lytle & Colin Nolan