December 1, 2007
2007 WOMEN'S SOCCER REVIEW
Vikings finish 2007 campaign with
13-4-1 mark; Lauren Polock, Tessa Roberts, and Keri Hess earn All-CCIW first team honors; Deanna Recchia, Rachel Nerad, and Katie Oakes named to second team – The ROCK ISLAND, Ill. Augustana women’s soccer team finished the 2007 season with a 13-4-1 mark under seventh year head coach Scott Mejia. The Vikings finished 5-2 in the College Conference of Illinois and , placing third behind defending national champion Wisconsin and regionally ranked Wheaton . Carthage
Senior forward Tessa Roberts (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) was once again the team’s leading scorer, finishing with 34 points on 15 goals and four assists for the second straight year. She had plenty of help with three other Vikings in double figures. Sophomore forward Katie Oakes (
Freshman forward Amanda Muruato (Willowbrook HS,
Senior goalkeeper Keri Hess (
The Vikings opened the season on fire with an 11-0 victory over Concordia of Chicago at Ericson Field. Roberts and Crudele each recorded a hat trick in the opener. It was also a sign of things to come for Hess and the
Augustana defense, as they combined to shut out the opposition nine times during the season. Augustana kept up its strong offensive attack in a 5-1 home win over Coe, before hitting the road for the Luther tournament in . The Vikings earned a split at the three team event, defeating Decorah, Iowa 2-1, but falling to the Norse by a 3-1 score. After a double overtime 0-0 tie against UW-Platteville, Maryville Augustana picked up back to back shutout victories over Iowa Conference schools with a 1-0 home win over Wartburg and a 2-0 win at Loras.
5-1-1, seventh year head coach took his tea m to for Wheaton Augustana’s toughest test of the season against the defending national champions and number one ranked team in the nation. In 2006, the Vikings defeated the Thunder 2-1 at Ericson Field, Augustana’s first win in school history over in women’s soccer. Although the 2007 contest was once again close on the scoreboard, Wheaton Augustana ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 final. The Vikings quickly rebounded with another 11-0 win, this time racing past MacMurray. Roberts scored four goals to lead the offensive attack and a stifling defense did not allow a single shot in the victory.
Returning to CCIW action, the Vikings rallied for a 3-2 win against North Central before dropping a heartbreaker to
1-0 in double overtime. The team responded with a 1-0 double overtime win against Elmhurst in the next contest, as a goal by Polock helped raise the Carthage Augustana record to 8-3-1 overall and 2-2 in the CCIW.
The win over
started a six match winning streak to finish the regular season. The Vikings picked up CCIW wins over Illinois Wesleyan and Millikin, each by a 2-0 score, and also knocked off Elmhurst North Park 4-2. Augustana won non-conference games against St. Ambrose and Central. The team defeated its rival 2-1 in overtime and controlled the action in a 4-0 win against the Dutch. Quad City
5-2-0 mark in the CCIW earned Augustana the number three seed in the conference tournament. The Vikings traveled to for a rematch of the double overtime affair earlier in the season. Unfortunately, the Lady Reds scored early and kept Carthage Augustana off the scoreboard in a 3-0 win for the home squad. The season ended with Augustana sporting a fine 13-4-1 overall record.
The Vikings outscored the opposition at more than a three to one clip, finishing with 51 goals while holding opponents to 15.
Augustana enjoyed a huge 27-2 scoring advantage in the first half of play. The Vikings outshot its opponents by a significant 284-183 margin, led by 73 shots from Roberts and 47 from Oakes. Augustana finished the season with a 87-58 advantage in corner kick attempts.
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 seventh season with the Vikings and has a 89-39-10 overall record and a 29-15-5 mark in the CCIW. Mejia’s overall coaching record of 114-58-11 includes two years at . Lakeland College
CCIW Women’s Soccer Standings