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December 1, 2001

2009 Season - 2001 MEN'S SOCCER REVIEW

VIKINGS FINISH FIRST SEASON UNDER SCOTT MEJIA 11-5-2 FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT YEAR WITH AT LEAST 10 WINS; ALEX CASTILLO & MIKE DIEHL TAKE MVP HONORS

 

There may have been a new head coach for the Augustana Vikings men's soccer team in the 2001 season but one thing stayed the same. The Blue & Gold managed to eclipse the 10 victory mark for the seventh straight season with an 11-5-2 overall record and a 2-2-2 record in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

 

Scott Mejia took over as the head coach last spring, replacing Bob Estabrook, who stepped down following the 2000 season as the winningest coach in Augustana history with an 82-45-10 record.  It was business as usual for the Vikings, who have been in the double digit column for victories a total of 17 times since 1982, including 13 times in the last 14 years.

 

Junior Alex Castillo (Elgin Larkin HS, Elgin, IL) was selected as the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player while senior Mike Diehl (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, IL) was tabbed as the Most Valuable Defensive Player. Castillo scored one goal and had seven assists for a total of nine points. Diehl was a pivotal member of the defense that allowed 25 goals in 19 games, an average of 1.31 per game and posted five shutouts.

 

Diehl and freshman midfielder Robert Verchota (Wheaton North HS, Winfield, IL) were both second team all-conference selections in the CCIW.

 

Sophomore Jason Ross (St. Viator HS, Elk Grove, IL) led the Vikings in scoring this past fall with 12 goals and four assists for a total of 28 points. He started his season with two goals and an assist in a 5-2 victory over Marycrest on September 4 and then followed that up with two goals in a 3-2 overtime victory at Cornell on September 6. He closed out the year with three goals and an assist in a 6-2 victory over Clarke on October 30 in Dubuque, Iowa. His 12 goals puts him tied for 10th on the school's single season goals scored list.

 

Another sophomore, Jeremy Delgado (Lake Geneva Badger HS, Burlington, WI) was second on the team in scoring with six goals and one assist for 13 points.

 

2001 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS MEN'S SOCCER LETTERWINNERS

NAME

POS

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Aagaard, Greg*

MF

6' 0"

170

Fr

Wheaton, IL (Wheaton North)

Boerner, Brandon*

F

5' 9"

160

Jr

Sheboygan, WI (Sheboygan North)

Castillo, Alex***

MF

5' 10"

170

Jr

Elgin, IL (Elgin Larkin)

Clutter, Timothy**

MF

5' 8"

150

So

Antioch, IL (Antioch)

Delgado, Jeremy**

F

5' 11"

175

So

Burlington, WI (Lake Geneva Badger)

Diehl, Mike**** (C)

MF

5' 10"

167

Sr

Wheaton, IL (Wheaton Warrenville South)

Diehl, Tim**

MF

5' 10"

150

So

Wheaton, IL (Wheaton Warrenville South)

Ewing, Anthony***

GK

6' 2"

200

Jr

Schaumburg, IL (Conant)

Friese, Brandon*

MF

5' 6"

140

Fr

St. Charles, IL (St. Charles East)

Garner, Adam*

F

6' 0"

160

Fr

Elkhart, IN (Concord)

German, Ben*

MF

5' 11"

155

Jr

Wheaton, IL (Wheaton Warrenville South)

Ihnken, Matt*

GK

5' 9"

164

Fr

Peoria, IL (Peoria Central)

Kivisto, Aaron*

F

5' 7"

155

So

Rock Island, IL (Rock Island)

Kramer, Robert**

GK

6' 0"

180

So

Wheaton, IL (Wheaton Warrenville South)

Pritts, Ryan*

FB

5' 3"

145

So

Decatur, IL (Decatur MacArthur)

Ross, Jason**

MF

6' 0"

150

So

Elk Grove Village, IL (St. Viator)

Verchota, Robert*

MF

6' 0"

168

Fr

Winfield, IL (Wheaton North)

Workman, Eric**

MF

6' 0"

140

So

St. Charles, IL (St. Charles)

 

2001 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN MEN'S FINAL SOCCER STANDINGS

 

TEAM

OVERALL

WON

OVERALL

LOSS

OVERALL

TIE

.PCT

CCIW

WON

CCIW LOSS

CCIW TIE

.PCT

*Wheaton

11

7

3

.595

5

1

0

.833

Millikin

12

4

0

.750

5

1

0

.833

North Park

8

7

1

.531

4

2

0

.667

Augustana

11

5

2

.667

2

2

2

.500

Carthage

6

12

1

.342

1

4

1

.250

Illinois Wesleyan

5

11

2

.333

1

4

1

.250

North Central

5

11

3

.342

1

5

0

.167

*Received CCIW automatic bid to 2001 NCAA Division III Tournament