10/02/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/02/2019 15:42
After this weekend's road trip, the Vikings have four-consecutive games at Morstad Field and only have three road matches left. St. Cloud State will match up with Wayne State on Friday, while Augustana plays its match against Minnesota Duluth.
The Bulldogs come into their matchup with Augustana at 3-4-0 after losing to No. 3 Minnesota State in overtime last Friday and Concordia- St. Paul on Sunday. The Bulldogs defeated Minnesota Crookston for their lone conference win and lost to Bemidji State shortly after. Senior
Emily Hinz has scored 5 of the 12 Bulldog goals this season. The other seven Bulldog goals have been scored by seven different players.
The Huskies come into their matchup with Augustana at 3-2-2 after handing No. 3 Minnesota State its first loss of the season in double overtime, 2-1. Sophomore Claire Shea scored both goals against the Mavericks and has three goals on the season. The Huskies other conference win came against Minnesota Crookston 2-0. They have also battled Bemidji State to a 0-0 tie and lost to Concordia-St. Paul 1-0.
Augustana is 7-12-2 in the all-time series with Minnesota Duluth and 7-10-6 in the all-time series with St. Cloud State. The Vikings dropped last year's matchup to the Bulldogs, but have won four of the last seven contests overall. The Vikings have won three of their last five matches against St. Cloud State and have not conceded a loss to the Huskies since the 2013 season.
The Vikings are playing their best soccer going into their toughest weekend of the year so far. Both Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State took No. 3 Minnesota State to double-overtime with St. Cloud State winning their matchup.
The Viking defense has shown that they are more than ready for their NSIC foes this weekend. In four conference games, the Vikings have allowed just one goal, 30 shots and 15 shots on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper has posted three shutouts in a row and four on the season.
Offensively, Augustana ranks third in the NSIC in goals scored per game (1.857), second in shots (139), and second in shots on goal (69).
Freshmen and lead the Vikings in points this season with nine and eight, respectively. The freshman duo scored just one minute apart against Minot State on Sunday and assisted on each other's goal. It was the second time this season that the two have scored within five minutes of each other.
Senior has also been an offensive juggernaut for the Vikings as she tallied two game-winning goals last weekend and leads the Vikings in shots (27) and shots on goal (15).
One Last Thing
Senior defender did not tally any shots or points on the score sheet last weekend, but has subtly become the backbone of a dominant Vikings defensive unit. The senior is the only Viking that has played all 650 minutes this season and was awarded NSIC Defender of the Week for her efforts last weekend.