BY JOHN KIPPER, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
It was a busy homecoming for Augsburg Athletic with four matches amid the celebrations on Saturday.
Football opened the day with a loss to St. Olaf, and that pushed their losing streak to three. The team failed to gain over 200 yards of offense for the second week in a row. They were unable to establish any rhythm, turning the ball over five times with two coming in the first eight minutes of the game. The offense scored twice, and the defense scored once on an interception from Jabri Guy. The defense once more was on the field for most of the game (44 minutes, 15 seconds), but they only gave up 22 points on the day with the final score 22-20.
Volleyball (15-8) faced a nationally-ranked St. Thomas squad going back and forth, but they ultimately came up a little short with the final score (26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-10) being in favor of the Tommies. Statistically, both teams were evenly matched with the Auggies having a slight advantage in hitting and kills. Augsburg is now in third place in the MIAC after this loss with a conference record of 5-2. They are behind St. Thomas and Gustavus in conference standings and have a couple non-conference games before resuming MIAC competition on Oct. 21 against Carleton College at Si Melby.
In another well-fought but heartbreaking competition, Men’s Soccer suffered a 1-0 loss to Carleton with the only goal coming in the 88th minute of play. Augsburg put four of their 10 shots on goal while Carleton placed five of their nine shots on target with the game-winning goal coming from freshman midfielder Alvin Bierly. However, the men responded on Monday with a resounding 6-0 victory against Martin Luther College.
The lone victors of the night, the Women’s Soccer team, beat Carleton 2-0. Ashley St. Aubin scored the game-winning goal in the first half, and she was assisted by Lauren Jennings. In the second half, a Carleton own goal put the score at 2-0. Goalkeeper Marissa Guillou stopped all five shots she faced in the first half while Emily Chapman preserved the shutout by making two saves in the second half. The Auggies stand atop the MIAC with a record of 10-3- 1 (6-1-1 in conference play) and a MIAC best 25+ in goal differential.
Featured photo by Linh D
This article first appeared in the Friday, October 20, 2017, Edition of The Echo.