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December 1, 2003

2003 WOMEN'S SOCCER REVIEW

OCTOBER SURGE KEYS VIKINGS TO 11-7-3 OVERALL RECORD AND SECOND PLACE FINISH IN COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN TOURNAMENT

 

Looking back on the 2003 women’s soccer season, the success of the Augustana Vikings was definitely tied to the second half of the year. Through September 30 the Vikings of head coach Scott Mejia had played 10 matches and were 3-6-1 while being outscored 19-18. In the last 11 matches Mejia’s crew went 8-1-2 and gave up only two goals during that time frame. The final record was 11-7-3 overall and 4-2-1 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

 

It actually started to come together defensively on the last day of September during a 1-0 loss at Loras in Dubuque, Iowa. Following that defeat the Vikings were 3-6-1 and struggling to put the ball in the net. Of the 18 goals scored in the first 10 games of the season, 10 of those came in two games (four in a 4-0 win over Monmouth on August 31 and six in a 6-0 victory against Dominican on September 6).

 

On a Saturday night in the first week of October (October 4), Augustana blasted North Central 6-0 and all of a sudden the team was heading in the right direction. A quirk in the schedule may have actually provided the impetus to the late season success. The Vikings were supposed to play a game on October 7 at Rockford College but the school dropped its soccer program and instead a make-up game with Carroll was hastily arranged. Carroll was undefeated (9-0-1) at the time and had not lost a regular season game in its last 21 outings, dating back to the 2002 season. After falling behind 1-0 early in the game the Blue & Gold tied it with a goal by Kendra Petrie (Cary Grove HS, Cary, IL) early in the second half and won it with a score by Elizabeth Fries (Charles Trout HS, Lindenhurst, IL) just minutes later. That victory provided some much needed confidence.

 

The Vikings would not lose again until the championship game of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin tournament.

 

Following the win at Carroll, Augustana took a giant step forward with a 2-0 win at Elmhurst on Friday, October 10. It was the first win over the Bluejays since the 2000 season. Wins over Concordia and North Park came next along with a tie at Millikin (0-0) on October 21. The regular season ended with shutout wins over Benedictine (4-0), Edgewood (4-0) and Carthage (1-0). The victory over the Lady Reds on the final day clinched a spot in the CCIW playoffs for the second year in a row.

 

Mejia’s team went into the CCIW tournament seeded fourth and on a cold and rainy night in Bloomington, Illinois on November 4 the Vikings recorded one of the most significant moments in women’s soccer history at Augustana. Illinois Wesleyan was the number one seed and ranked 13th in the NCAA Division III national polls. The Vikings, once again playing solid defense, forced the game to end in a 0-0 tie after a pair of overtimes. In the shootout portion where penalty kicks are used to determine advancement, Augustana prevailed 2-0 with Fries and Betsy Fritz (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, IL) picking up goals. Goalkeeper Betsy Knawa (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, IL) was tremendous in keeping the Titans off the board, an unheard of occurrence in a shootout.

 

That set up a championship game match with Wheaton, which had defeated Augustana 5-0 back on September 26. This time around things were much closer as the Thunder scored a goal just 9:48 into the game and made it hold up for a 1-0 victory.

 

Petrie finished her career as the second leading goal scorer in Augustana College women’s soccer history. It should not come as a surprise to learn that she has been selected as the Most Valuable Offensive Player for the 2003 season. She scored 13 goals and had three assists for a team leading 29 total points. Petrie was named Augustana’s Most Valuable Offensive Player four straight years during her career. She finished her career with 48 goals, 10 assists and 106 total points. She ranks second on the all-time list in goals scored, seventh in assists and second in total points.

 

Fritz was tabbed as the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Player. She was a second team all-conference pick and was instrumental in a defense that only allowed an average of 0.93 goals per game. The Vikings posted nine shutouts in the final 11 games and gave up just three goals in the final 12 games of the year.

 

Knawa was selected as the Most Improved Player. She played and started all 21 matches and gave up just 18 goals for a 0.97 goals-against-average. She had 93 saves and posted 10 shutouts during the year, which is a new school record, replacing the old mark of nine set by Cathy Mastroianni in 1993. Knawa also tied the school record for goalie victories with 11, matching the previous record set by Carla Wagner in both 1998 and 1999.

 

Senior Lauren Anders (Willowbrook HS, Villa Park, IL) was given the honor of the Iron Viking.

 

Another senior, Lauren Farley (Cary Grove HS, Cary, IL) ended up her career with 11 goals, six assists and 28 total points and she is tied for eighth place on the all-time career goals scored list.

 

Junior midfielder Eve Palmer (Martin Luther HS, New Berlin, WI) was selected first team all-conference while Fritz, Emily Olson (Oregon HS, Oregon, WI) and Annie Gajewski (York HS, Elmhurst, IL) were all named second team all-conference. Petrie was further honored by being named to the CCIW Academic All-Conference team.

 

2003 AUGUSTANA WOMEN’S SOCCER SUPERLATIVES

OFFENSIVE MVP – Kendra Petrie

DEFENSIVE MVP – Betsy Fritz

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – Betsy Knawa

IRON VIKING – Lauren Anders

FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE – Eve Palmer

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE – Annie Gajewski, Betsy Fritz and Emily Olson

ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE – Kendra Petrie

SCHOOL RECORD – Shutouts in a single season 11, Betsy Knawa (breaks old record of nine previously held by Cathy Mastroianni in 1993

SCHOOL RECORD – Goalie Victories in a single season 11, Betsy Knawa (ties old record of 11 previously held by Carla Wagner in 1998 and 1999)

SCHOOL RECORD – Team goals-against-average 0.93 (breaks old record of 1.09 previously held by 1995 team) 

 

SCOTT MEJIA’S COLLEGIATE COACHING RECORD

YEAR

W

L

T

.PCT

W

L

T

.PCT

PLACE

Lakeland

Overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1999

13

8

0

.619

 

 

 

 

 

2000

12

9

1

.568

 

 

 

 

 

Career

25

17

1

.593

 

 

 

 

 

Augustana

Overall

 

 

 

CCIW

 

 

 

 

2001

10

10

0

.500

3

4

0

.429

Fifth

2002

13

8

0

.619

4

3

0

.571

Fourth

2003

11

7

3

.625

4

2

1

.642

Fourth

Career

34

25

3

.573

11

9

1

.575

 

 

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

TEAM

OVERALL

WON

OVERALL

LOSS

OVERALL

TIE

.PCT

CCIW

WON

CCIW LOSS

CCIW TIE

.PCT

Wheaton

16

2

4

.818

6

1

0

.857

Illinois Wesleyan

12

3

4

.737

6

1

0

.857

Elmhurst

12

6

3

.643

5

2

0

.714

Augustana

11

7

3

.632

4

2

1

.643

Carthage

11

7

1

.605

2

4

1

.357

Millikin

4

8

4

.375

1

4

2

.286

North Park

7

10

2

.421

1

4

2

.286

North Central

3

15

0

.167

0

7

0

.000

 

2003 CCIW TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Tuesday, November 4 – Semifinal match

Augustana 0, Illinois Wesleyan 0 (Augustana advances by score of 2-0 in shootout) in Bloomington, Illinois

Wednesday, November 5 – Semifinal match

Wheaton 4, Elmhurst 0

Saturday, November 8 – Championship match

Wheaton 1, Augustana 0

**Wheaton wins 2003 CCIW women’s soccer championship

 

FINAL CCIW POINT TOTALS

PLACE

TEAM

Season

Points

Tournament

Points

Total

Points

1.

Wheaton

18

6

24

2.

Illinois Wesleyan

18

1

19

3.

Elmhurst

15

0

15

4.

Augustana

13

1

14

5.

Carthage

7

--

7

6.

North Park

6

--

6

7.

Millikin

5

--

5

8.

North Central

0

--

0

 

NOTE: Wheaton wins the CCIW by virtue of its winning the conference tournament…Wheaton wins the automatic berth to the NCAA Division III tournament by accumulating the most combination points from the regular season and tournament.