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October 31, 2012

Viking bench produces three goals in win

Sophomore Taylor Navarro scored the game-tying goal late in the first half Wednesday night at Thorson Lucken-Field and added the go-ahead goal early in the second half as Augustana went on to a 3-1 win over North Central in the CCIW tournamernt semifinals.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Augustana got two goals from sophomore Taylor Navarro (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) and one from junior Amanda Tucker (Crete-Monee HS, Crete, Ill.) Wednesday night and defeated North Central 3-1 in the semifinals of the CCIW Tournament at Thorson-Lucken Field. The 14th-ranked Vikings improve to 16-3 on the year and will host Wheaton in the tournament championship match on Saturday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m.

The first half had been a quiet affair offensively until the 44th minute when North Central's Hannah Magiera lofted a free kick in the direction of teammate Hope Stayer. Stayer was able to get a head on the pass and beat Viking keeper Meredith Chew (Paradise Valley HS, Phoenix, Ariz.) for her 14th goal of the season and a 1-0 lead for the visitors. However, top-seeded Augustana responded immediately, with senior Taylor Moesle (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) finding Navarro for the equalizer just 21 seconds later. The goal was Navarro's first of the season, while Moesle was credited with her school-record 12th assist of the year. The match went to halftime even at 1-1.

The Cardinals had a pair of excellent scoring opportunities in the early part of the second half. First, Chew made a leaping save of a Magiera free kick and the Vikings dodged a bullet three minutes later when a Victoria Dunn shot hit the post and bounded away.

In the 59th minute, it was Navarro scoring again, this time with an assist from freshman Kelly Farell (St. Ursula Academy, Sylvania, Ohio), to give Augustana its first lead of the night. The Vikings clung to that one-goal lead until the 77th minute when Farell found Tucker, who scored her second goal of the season to give the hosts a cushion. The two assists give Farell 11 on the season, second only to Moesle in school history.

Chew recorded her fifth and sixth saves of the match in the final 13 minutes as the Vikings iced the victory.

Augustana ended up with a 20-12 advantage in shots, including 11-7 in shots on goal. Each team had three corners in the match.