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December 1, 2006

2006 MEN'S SOCCER REVIEW

Augustana earns 12th straight winning season with 10-9-0 mark in 2006; Vikings finish fourth in CCIW and advance to tournament championship

 

ROCK ISLAND, Ill.The Augustana men’s soccer team finished its 12th season in a row with a winning record after ending the 2006 campaign with a mark of 10-9-0.  The Vikings were fourth in the College of Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin regular season standings, compiling a 4-3-0 record.  The ten wins are the highest since 2003 when the Vikings were 13-6-1.  Augustana has not had a losing season since 1994 when the team finished 7-10-3.

 

Junior forward Nick Cosentino (Conant HS, Elk Grove Village, Ill.) and fifth year senior forward Brad Becker (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) led the team with 13 points on the season.  Cosentino scored a team high six goals and earned one assist.  He will enter his senior year 19 goals, four assists, and 42 total points.  Cosentino scored a career high eight goals in his sophomore season.  Becker finished his career with five goals and three assists in his last season.  He is currently in 7th place on the all-time top ten rankings for goals (38) and points (90).

 

Junior midfielder Matt Meyer (Schaumburg HS, Schaumburg, Ill.) was the third Viking to finish the season in double figures.  He contributed two goals and led the team with six assists.  Other top point scorers included junior forward Scott Marlega (Conant HS, Elk Grove, Ill.) with eights points on four goals, junior forward Cary Lucibello (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) with seven points on three goals and an assist, and freshman midfielder Scott Wallner (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) with six points on two goals and two assists.  Senior midfielder Marcus Harris (McHenry East HS, McHenry, Ill.) scored five points with two goals and one assist and senior midfielder Dylan DeGrave (Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.) had a goal and two assists, finishing with four points.  Dan Hogan (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.), Petar Tomicic (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.), Joe Caruso (Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.), Matt Young (Lincoln Way Central HS, Manhattan, Ill.), Kurt Albrecht (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.), and Justin Ross (St. Viator HS, Elk Grove, Ill.) also scored a goal for Augustana.

 

The Vikings began the season with a 1-0 victory at home over Clarke.  The Vikings were 5-3-0 at Ericson Field in Rock Island, Illinois for the season.  After winning 4-1 at Ripon, the Vikings dropped the next three contests, falling to 2-3.  The team rebounded with its highest offensive output of the year, scoring seven goals in a 7-1 win at North Central, opening CCIW action at 1-0.  After dropping a one goal decision to Chicago in the following contest, the Vikings went on a five match winning streak.  During the run of success, Augustana outscored the opposition 6-1 and came away with four straight shutouts.  Freshman goalkeeper Michael Dolan (Libertyville HS, Libertyville, Ill.) was credited with the first three, all 1-0 wins for the Vikings, before sophomore goalkeeper Albert Greenhut (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.) stepped to notch the fourth straight 1-0 win for Augustana.

 

Sitting at 8-4 overall with a 4-0 record in the CCIW, the rollercoaster season continued with a four match losing streak before the team again rebounded.  Entering its last regular season match with an 8-8 record, the Viking offense exploded again, this time scoring six goals in a 6-2 win over Luther in the final home game of the season.  Augustana scored early and often, building a 4-0 advantage in the first 15 minutes of play and leading 6-0 at intermission.

 

A 4-3-0 finish in the CCIW earned the team a berth in the CCIW tournament as the fourth seed.  Augustana last qualified for the postseason tournament in 2003, advancing past North Park in penalty kicks before dropping the title game to Wheaton.  The Vikings traveled to Chicago, Illinois for a semi-final encounter with top-seeded North Park.  North Park defeated Augustana 2-1 during the regular season and was ranked as high as 13th in the nation.  The Vikings of Rock Island responded with a thrilling win, defeating North Park 1-0 on a goal by Marlega and advancing to the title game against Wheaton.  The Vikings fell 3-0, missing a bid to the NCAA Division III tournament by one game and finishing at 10-9-0.

 

Augustana’s signature win of the regular season came on Tuesday, October 3 in a home contest against Wheaton.  Cosentino scored the game winner as the Vikings defeated the Thunder 1-0, the first time in school history that the Augustana men’s soccer program had defeated Wheaton.

 

The Vikings finished the 2006 campaign outscoring opponents 31-26, including a 19-10 advantage in the first half.  Augustana also held a large edge in shots, attempting 333 to only 220 for the opposition.  The Vikings finished with 82 corner kicks and allowed 68 on the season.  Dolan played in 18 games and only allowed 24 goals, a 1.42 average.  He was credited with 86 saves and earned four shutouts.  Greenhut was in goal for five matches and finished with a 0.96 goals against average after only two goals.  He made four saves and had one shutout.

 

Head coach Scott Mejia finished his sixth season with the Vikings and has a 68-35-6 overall record and a 22-14-3 mark in the CCIW.  Mejia’s overall coaching record of 79-62-8 includes two years at Lakeland College.

 

2006 CCIW Men’s Soccer Standings                                                                                                                                      

TEAM

CCIW

OVERALL

North Park

6-0-1

14-3-2

Carthage

5-1-1

11-5-3

Wheaton

4-2-1

17-8-3

Augustana

4-3-0

10-9-0

Illinois Wesleyan

3-3-1

7-10-1

Millikin

2-5-0

5-11-1

Elmhurst

1-4-2

3-12-4

North Central

0-7-0

0-20-0

 

2006 CCIW TOURNAMENT RESULTS

 

10/31/06 -         #4 Augustana 1, #1 North Park 0 in Chicago, Illinois (Semifinal)

                        #3 Wheaton 3, #2 Carthage 1 in Kenosha, Wisconsin (Semifinal)

 

11/04/06 -         Wheaton 3, Augustana 0 in Wheaton, Illinois (Championship)

 

2006 AUGUSTANA MEN’S SOCCER SUPERLATIVES

CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS: The Vikings have now posted 12 straight winning seasons, dating back to 1994…Of those 12 consecutive winning seasons, Augustana has been in double figures for wins 10 times.

CAREER TOP TEN LIST – GOALS SCORED: Brad Becker…7th with 38

CAREER TOP TEN LIST – POINTS SCORED: Brad Becker…7th with 90

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS – Nick Cosentino (1st)…Petar Tomicic (1st)…Scott Marlega (2nd)…Matt Meyer (2nd) 

NCAA DIVISION III ALL-NORTH REGION - (selected by National Soccer Coaches Association of America) – Petar Tomicic (2nd team)…Kurt Albrecht (3rd team)

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE – Nick Cosentino, Eric Love & Scott Wallner

TEAM AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE PLAYER – Scott Marlega

MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE PLAYER – Petar Tomicic

MOST IMPROVED – Michael Dolan

IRON VIKING – Brad Becker