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December 10, 2012

2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER REVIEW

The Augustana Vikings celebrate a 2-1 overtime victory at home over Illinois Wesleyan, one of the key moments in the drive to the 2012 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship.

CCIW champion Vikings finish 16-5-0 overall; qualify for NCAA tournament; Moesle, Farell and Mejia sweep conference awards; Moesle named first team All-American for the second time

Augustana, behind first team All-American and CCIW Player of the Year Taylor Moesle (Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.), finished the 2012 season with a 16-5-0 overall record. The Vikings, with four freshmen in the lineup for most of the year, captured the program's second conference title with a perfect 7-0 league ledger and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in the last eight seasons.

Entering the 2012 season, there were plenty of questions regarding coach Scott Mejia's team. The Vikings graduated nine seniors, including seven starters, from the 2011 team and were picked fourth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin pre-season coaches' poll.

It didn't take long for Mejia and the Vikings to make a statement. With five freshmen in the starting lineup, Augustana won its season opener at Thorson-Lucken Field, 4-2 over a Loras side that would go on to win an undefeated Iowa Conference championship and advance to the sweet sixteen of the NCAA tournament. One of those first-year Vikings, Kelly Farell (St. Ursula Academy, Sylvania, Ohio) tallied a hat trick in her very first collegiate game.

Augustana followed that up with four more wins and climbed to 15th in the NSCAA national poll before dropping a pair of matches at home to Wisconsin-Whitewater and Milwaukee School of Engineering. The setbacks proved to be a small bump in the road, as the Vikings won 11 of their next 12 matches and reappeared in the national poll. The only loss in that stretch came in overtime, 2-1 to Concordia-Moorhead, another 2012 NCAA sweet sixteen team.

Included in those 11 wins were all seven CCIW matches, highlighted by a 2-1 overtime win over Illinois Wesleyan at Thorson-Lucken Field and a 1-0 win over eventual national semifinalist Wheaton on the road. The Vikings wrapped up a perfect CCIW regular season with a 3-2 win at Elmhurst on October 27.

Mejia's crew won its CCIW tournament semifinal 3-1 over North Central on Halloween, but Wheaton exacted some revenge in the final, besting the Vikings 2-0 in Rock Island. 14th-ranked Augustana's fine season ended a week later in St. Louis, Missouri with a 1-0 NCAA tournament loss to Thomas More.

The senior Moesle was without question the leader of the young Vikings this season. She was named to the NSCAA All-America first team for the second time in three years and became the first player from a school other than Wheaton to earn conference Player of the Year honors in the 18-year history of CCIW women's soccer. She scored 12 goals and dished out a school-record 12 assists this season. The three-time first team All-CCIW pick finished her career ranked fourth in school history with 40 goals, second with 29 assists and third with 109 points.

Farell joined Moesle on the All-CCIW first team and shared the conference's Newcomer of the Year award with Wheaton's Leah DeMoss, a junior transfer from the University of Iowa. Farell led the Vikings with 13 goals, tied for the 10th most in school history, and her 11 assists rank second only to Moesle's dozen in a single season at Augustana.

Farell and junior defender Maggie Hoscheit (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill.) were both named to the NSCAA all-region third team. Hoscheit was also a first team all-conference and third team Capital One Academic All-America selection.

Also earning first team All-CCIW honors for the Vikings were senior defender Morgan Olsen (Downers Grove North HS, Woodridge, Ill.) and freshman goalkeeper Meredith Chew (Paradise Valley HS, Phoenix, Ariz.), who became the eighth Augustana net minder in the last nine years to earn first team recognition. Freshman midfielder Somer Druszkowski (Lincoln-Way Central HS, Manhattan, Ill.) earned second team all-conference honors. Mejia won his third CCIW Coach of the Year award as women's coach (2006, 2009 and 2012). He won the award on the men's side in 2002.

Druszkowski and fellow freshman Jessica Kras (Glenbard North HS, Carol Stream, Ill.) tied for third on the team with 11 points. Druszkowski's came on five goals and an assist, while Kras had four goals and three assists.

Olsen, Hoscheit, sophomore Kerri Skotnicki (Waubonsie Valley HS, Aurora, Ill.), senior midfielder Kirsten Boesen (Normal West HS, Gibson City, Ill.) and Chew keyed the Viking defense this year. Olsen, with three goals and an assist, was also the Vikings fifth-leading scorer. Chew, who played all but 52 minutes in goal this year, finished the season with a 16-5 record, a 1.06 goals against average and a save percentage of .822.

2012 CCIW WOMEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS

School

CCIW

Pct.

Overall

Pct.

AUGUSTANA

7-0

1.000

16-5

.762

Wheaton

5-1-1

.786

21-4-2

.815

Illinois Wesleyan

5-2

.714

9-9

.500

North Central

2-3-2

.429

6-9-3

.417

Carthage

1-4-2

.286

5-10-4

.368

North Park

1-4-2

.286

5-9-2

.375

Elmhurst

1-4-2

.286

8-6-3

.559

Millikin

1-5-1

.214

5-11-3

.342

2012 CCIW WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Semifinal - Tuesday, October 30

#2 Wheaton 3, #3 Illinois Wesleyan 2 (OT)

Semifinal - Wednesday, October 31

# 1 AUGUSTANA 3, #4 North Central 1

Championship - Saturday, November 3

Wheaton 2, AUGUSTANA 0

2012 AUGUSTANA WOMEN'S SOCCER SUPERLATIVES

NSCAA ALL-AMERICA: Taylor Moesle, 1st team

D3SOCCER ALL-AMERICA: Taylor Moesle, 2nd team

NCSAA ALL-REGION: Taylor Moesle, 1st team; Maggie Hoscheit and Kelly Farell, 3rd team

CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA: Maggie Hoscheit, 3rd team

CCIW PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taylor Moesle

CCIW CO-NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Kelly Farell

CCIW COACH OF THE YEAR: Scott Mejia

ALL-CCIW: Taylor Moesle, Morgan Olsen, Maggie Hoscheit, Kelly Farell, Meredith Chew, 1st team; Somer Druszkowski, 2nd team

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Stephanie Barr, Somer Druszkowski, Kelly Farell, Allison Frickman, Kimberly Grimmer, Stefanie Hamaker, Maggie Hoscheit, Jessica Kras, Rachel Lenke, Morgan Olsen, Amanda Tucker

CCIW PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Defensive - Meredith Chew, 09/11/12, 10/30/12; Offensive - Kelly Farell, 10/02/12, 10/16/12; Taylor Moesle, 10/23/12

NATIONAL STATISTICAL TOP 25 - INDIVIDUAL

Assists -Taylor Moesle, 20th @ 12

CCIW STATISTICAL TOP 5 - INDIVIDUAL

Shots - Taylor Moesle, 1st @ 29; Kelly Farell, 2nd @ 27

Points - Kelly Farell, T-1st @ 15; Taylor Moesle, 5th @ 13

Goals - Kelly Farell, T-4th @ 4

Assists - Taylor Moesle & Kelly Farell, T-1st @ 7

Game-Winning Goals - Jessica Kras, Taylor Moesle & Kelly Farell, T-1st @ 2

Goals Against Average - Meredith Chew, 3rd @ 0.71

Save Percentage - Meredith Chew, 3rd @ .861

Saves Per Game - Meredith Chew, 5th @ 4.43

Shutouts - Meredith Chew, T-2nd @ 3

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN LISTS

SINGLE SEASON

Goals - 13 (T-10th), Kelly Farell

Assists - 12 (1st), Taylor Moesle; 11 (2nd), Kelly Farell

Points - 37 (5th), Kelly Farell; 36 (6th), Taylor Moesle

CAREER

Goals - 40 (4th), Taylor Moesle

Assists - 29 (2nd), Taylor Moesle

Points - 109 (3rd), Taylor Moesle

TEAM AWARDS

MVP: Taylor Moesle

MVP OFFENSE: Kelly Farell

MVP DEFENSE: Maggie Hoscheit

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Allison Frickman

IRON VIKING: Taylor Moesle