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December 10, 2009

2009 WOMEN'S SOCCER REVIEW

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Augustana women’s soccer team put together a magical run in 2009 under ninth year head coach Scott Mejia.  The Vikings finished the season with an appearance in the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and set a school record with 20 victories.  The Blue & Gold were 20-2-1 on the year, including a perfect 7-0-0 regular season mark in the CCIW, claiming the first conference title in program history.  The squad went on to sweep a pair of games in the CCIW Tournament and qualified for post season play, advancing two rounds before falling 2-1 to Calvin in the “Sweet 16.”

The Vikings kicked off the season on fire, winning 10 straight games to start the year.  The Blue & Gold went 5-0 with five straight shutouts in non-conference action, outscoring Edgewood (3-0), Dominican (4-0), Greenville (6-0), UW-Stout (3-0), and UW-La Crosse (1-0) by a combined score of 17-0.

Carthage was finally able to score against the vaunted Viking defense, but Augustana still cruised to a 5-1 road victory to open league play.  The Blue & Gold notched another shutout in the next match, defeating Loras 2-0.  A pair of 2-1 wins over Millikin and Coe followed, which put the Augustana record at 9-0 with six shutouts and a 2-0 CCIW mark.

The 2009 team had the opportunity to travel to California this fall, where the women faced off with Chapman and Cal-Lutheran.  The Vikings were 2-0 winners over Chapman and tied Cal-Lutheran 1-1.  The tie ended a 10 match winning streak, but Augustana remained unbeaten until its next contest at Carroll, where the Blue & Gold suffered a 2-1 loss, the only defeat of the entire regular season.

Coach Mejia’s troops quickly got back to their winning ways when the team re-entered conference play, picking up a 1-0 win over North Park and then knocking off No. 10 Wheaton in a 3-2 overtime thriller in Rock Island to improve to 4-0 in the CCIW.  The Vikings were able to race past an undermanned Westminster club 11-0 in the next contest before pulling out a pair of nail biters 1-0 at No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan and at North Central.  Sitting at 6-0 in the conference, Augustana returned home to face Elmhurst on Senior Day and finished off the regular season in style, defeating the Bluejays 4-1 and clinching a conference title and the No. 1 seed in the CCIW Tournament.

Augustana dominated Millikin in the semi-final round of the conference tournament, jumping out to a 4-0 halftime advantage on the way to a 5-0 win, the team’s 12th shutout of the year.  A rematch with rival Illinois Wesleyan awaited Augustana in the championship match, but the Vikings proved to be up to the challenge yet again, defeating the Titans 1-0 for the second time this fall to earn the CCIW Tournament Championship.

The Vikings were awarded as a host site for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament and entered play ranked in the top 10 in the national polls.  In the opening round of action, Augustana faced off against Albion and pulled out a 2-1 victory.  The Blue & Gold advanced to the second round and a match-up with UW-Stevens Point.  Again, the Vikings proved up to the task, this time winning 1-0, the 14th shutout of the year for the club.  Augustana was selected to host the following weekend as well and faced Calvin in the “Sweet 16.”  The Vikings tallied the first goal of the contest, but eventually fell 2-1 to end a tremendous season.

Sophomore Kayla Radloff (West Chicago HS, West Chicago, Ill.) became the first Augustana women’s soccer player to be named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America selection, earning a spot on the third team.  She was also named to the NSCAA All-Region Team and CCIW All-Conference squad as a first team selection after a superb season in goal for the Vikings.  She was credited with 11 shutouts and only allowed 12 goals in nearly 2,000 minutes of action.  Radloff made 57 saves and finished with a goals against average of 0.55.  Sophomore Megan Mummert (Crawfordsville HS, Crawfordsville, Ind.) and senior Anna Carey (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) were also key cogs for a Viking defense that turned in 14 shutouts in 23 contests.  Mummert was a first team all-conference winner and made 23 starts while Carey was named to the second squad.  Carey also grabbed first team honors on the All-Region lineup.  Both defenders played a significant role in only allowing 166 shots by the opposition, while the Vikings offense generated 416 shots.

Seniors Lauren Polock (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) and Katie Oakes (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.), along with sophomore Caitlin Winkelman (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) were all honored as members of the all-conference first team, while sophomore Erin Coulson (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) earned second team status.  All four players made substantial contributions to the Augustana attack.  Polock was also a first team All-Region selection and had a team leading 10 assists and finishes her career with a school record of 33.  She also added four goals and started all 23 games.  Oakes, who earned second team status on the All-Region team, tied for second on the squad with nine goals and added four assists for a total of 22 points.  Winkelman was the third Viking to start all 23 matches and contributed nine goals and three assists, while also being honored as a first team member of the All-Region squad.  Coulson led the Blue & Gold with 11 goals scored, including seven game winners.  She added an assist to finish tied for the team lead with 23 points.

A slew of other players also contributed to Augustana’s remarkable run this fall.  Freshman Taylor Moesle (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) tied with Coulson for the team lead with 23 points.  She scored nine times and also handed out five assists.  Sophomore Ashley Higuchi (Smoky Hill HS, Aurora, Colo.) also finished her season in double figures, tallying six goals and four assists for a total of 16 points.

Freshman Rachel Lenke (Prospect HS, Mt. Prospect, Ill.) tacked on four goals to finish with eight points, and sophomore Jessica Dodds (Linn-Mar HS, Marion, Iowa) supplied three goals and an assist for a total of seven points.  Freshman Paige Knippenberg (University HS, Normal, Ill.) and sophomore Jenna Doyle (Regis Jesuit HS, Parker, Colo.) each ended the year with five points.  Knippenberg scored twice and was credited with an assist while Doyle had one goal and picked up three assists.  Freshman Kirsten Boesen (Normal Community West HS, Gibson City, Ill.) played in all 23 games, including 20 as a starter, and was recognized with four assists.  Sophomore Mary Pat Holtrop (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) made 22 starts and finished with three points on a goal and an assist.  Senior Amanda Bucci (Glenbard North HS, Carol Stream, Ill.) was also scored a goal and made an assist in 14 games.

Sophomore Holly Timm (Northglenn HS, Denver, Colo.) and junior Gina Adduci (West Chicago HS, West Chicago, Ill.) both compiled two points after each scoring on goal.  Freshman Sierra Makeever (Rockford Lutheran HS, Rockford, Ill.) and sophomore Kelly Johnson (Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, Ill.) each tacked on an assist.  Johnson also participated in 22 games and made 18 starts.  Senior Deanna Recchia (Glenbard North HS, Bloomingdale, Ill.) did not tally any points on the offensive end, but did play in 21 games with four starts during the season.  Freshman Bridget McDermott (Prospect HS, Mt. Prospect, Ill.) played in four games and had one start in goal for Augustana.  She made six saves and picked up one shutout victory.

Augustana enjoyed a 63-12 goal differential against the opposition, including a 27-4 advantage in the second half.  The Vikings attempted 416 shots and held foes to 166 attempts.  The Blue & Gold also finished with a 124-51 lead in corner kick opportunities.

Head coach Scott Mejia finished his ninth season with the Vikings and has a 124-45-11 overall record and a 41-17-5 mark in the CCIW.  Mejia’s overall coaching record of 149-64-12 includes two years at Lakeland College.  He was also honored as CCIW “Coach of the Year” and Central Region “Coach of the Year” by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

CCIW Women’s Soccer Standings                                                                                                                             

TEAM

CCIW

OVERALL

Augustana

7-0-0

20-2-1

Wheaton

6-1-0

17-4-2

Illinois Wesleyan

5-2-0

16-4-3

Millikin

4-3-0

12-8-1

Elmhurst

3-4-0

10-7-0

North Central

2-5-0

10-7-0

North Park

1-6-0

7-11-0

Carthage

0-7-0

6-12-0

 

2009 AUGUSTANA WOMEN’S SOCCER SUPERLATIVES

FIRST CCIW CONFERENCE TITLE IN SCHOOL HISTORY: 7-0-0

CCIW TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: Defeated Millikin 5-0 and Illinois Wesleyan 1-0

NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: Advanced to “Sweet 16” for first time in school history with 2-1 win over Albion and 1-0 win over UW-Stevens Points…Lost 2-1 to Calvin in “Sweet 16.” 

SCHOOL RECORD FOR MOST SINGLE SEASON WINS: 20 (20-2-1)

NATIONAL RANKING: Ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation in NSCAA and D3kicks.com polls

NSCAA ALL-AMERICA SELECTION: Kayla Radloff (3rd)

NSCAA ALL-REGION SELECTIONS: Anna Carey (1st)…Lauren Polock (1st)…Kayla Radloff (1st)…Caitlin Winkelman (1st)…Katie Oakes (2nd)

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS: Kayla Radloff (1st)…Megan Mummert (1st)…Lauren Polock (1st)…Caitlin Winkelman (1st)…Katie Oakes (1st)…Anna Carey (2nd)…Erin Coulson (2nd)

CAREER TOP TEN LIST – GOALS SCORED: Katie Oakes…4th with 33; Erin Coulson…9th with 19

CAREER TOP TEN LIST – POINTS SCORED: Katie Oakes…4th with 85; Lauren Polock…5th with 65

CAREER TOP TEN LIST – ASSISTS: Lauren Polock…1st with 33; Katie Oakes…2nd with 19

SINGLE SEASON TOP TEN LIST – GOALS SCORED: Erin Coulson…T - 10th with 11

SINGLE SEASON TOP TEN LIST – ASSISTS: Lauren Polock…1st with 10

CCIW “PLAYER OF THE WEEK”: Taylor Moesle…09/15/09; Erin Coulson…09/29/09 & 10/06/09; Caitlin Winkelman…10/20/09; Katie Oakes…11/04/09

ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Kayla Radloff (3rd)

CCIW “COACH OF THE YEAR”: Scott Mejia

NSCAA CENTRAL REGION “COACH OF THE YEAR”: Scott Mejia

NSCAA ACADEMIC TEAM AWARD: 3.09 grade point average

Release written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand