December 1, 2006
2006 WOMEN'S SOCCER REVIEW
Augustana women’s soccer earns first postseason win in school history; women tie school record with 15 wins and advance to CCIW title game
– The Augustana women’s soccer team capped off a memorable season under sixth year head coach ROCK ISLAND, Ill. Scott Mejia with a win in the NCAA Division III tournament over Grinnell (2-1), the first postseason win in school history. The Vikings also tied a school record with 15 wins, ending the year with a mark of 15-3-3. The 2005 squad finished 15-4-1, also advancing to the NCAA Division III tournament.
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Sophomore forward Teresa Crudele (
Augustana began its season in style with a dominating performance against Clarke. Junior goalkeeper Keri Hess (
Schaumburg HS, ) and the Viking defense shutout the Crusaders 7-0 at Ericson Field. This was the first of 10 team shutouts by Augustana. The Vikings earned road wins over St. Ambrose (2-0) and Wartburg (2-1) before returning home to face Loras. After falling in a close match to Loras (1-0), Augustana rattled off 10 straight wins, earning the team a 13-1 mark and a ranking in the Top 25 of the D3kicks.com national poll. During the 10 game winning stretch, the Vikings won in overtime at Schaumburg, Ill. (1-0), defeated Maryville (2-1) for the first time in school history, and blanked five different opponents. Augustana opened CCIW action with a 2-1 win over Wheaton in Wheaton . It was the first win over the Thunder for the women’s soccer program in school history. The squad raised its record to 5-0 in the conference during the winning streak, defeating Millikin (1-0), North Central (2-0), Rock Island, Illinois (5-0), and Elmhurst North Park (3-1). Roberts highlighted the run with a hat trick against . Elmhurst
(6-0), the winning streak finally came to an end, but the Vikings kept the unbeaten streak alive with successive double overtime ties against CCIW opponents Beloit and Illinois Wesleyan. Both of these road affairs were dominated by the defense, as 220 minutes went by without a single goal from either side. The Vikings played another double overtime thriller in the season finale, scoring in double overtime to defeat Luther (1-0). Augustana finished the regular season with a mark of Carthage 8-1-0 at home.
The Vikings earned the second seed for the CCIW conference tournament after finishing with a 5-0-2 mark in the conference. Another match-up with Illinois Wesleyan went down to the wire as the game ended in another tie before going to penalty kicks. Unlike the first game, this showdown was an offensive battle with both teams scoring three goals in regulation. After playing through two scoreless overtime sessions, the Vikings finally advanced with a 7-6 edge in the penalty kick shootout. Carey had the final goal for Augustana, scoring after a miss by Illinois Wesleyan and sending the tea
m to the CCIW championship game.
Augustana fell 1-0 to
in the title contest, but still advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament on the strength of a Wheaton 15-2-3 regular season. Ranked 25th in the country, the Vikings faced off with 38th ranked Grinnell in the opening round. Augustana trailed early, but used two goals by Roberts to advance with a 2-1 win.
The season finally came to an end with a 4-0 loss to 16th ranked UW-Eau Claire in the second round, the second straight season that the Blugolds have eliminated the Vikings from postseason action.
A dominating defense and a powerful offensive attack helped the Vikings to a 49-16 goal advantage for the season. Augustana outshot its opponents 347-220 and held a 134-52 edge in corner kicks. Hess played in all 21 games and only allowed 14 goals, a 0.72 goals against average. She earned seven individual shutouts and made 97 saves. Freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Johnson (
Elgin St. Edward HS, ) spent parts of eight games in net. She made 11 saves and only allowed two goals, finishing with a 0.92 goals against average. Elgin, Ill.
Scott Mejia finished his sixth season with the Vikings and has a 76-35-9 overall record and a 24-13-5 mark in the CCIW. Mejia’s overall coaching record of 101-54-10 includes two years at . Lakeland College
2006 CCIW Women’s Soccer Standings