Kevin Sethre, Staff Writer
The women’s soccer team followed up a strong start to the season by winning their first four games against MIAC opponents.
The first two MIAC games were both defensive battles. An early goal by Ashley St. Aubin gave the Auggies a 1-0 win over St. Thomas, who went into the Sept. 25 matchup ranked 12th in the nation. A first-half goal by Tess Ryan was all Augsburg needed in a 1-0 win at Saint Mary’s on Sept. 28, as a great defense by the Auggies held the hosts to only one shot on goal. The win extended Augsburg’s winning streak against the Cardinals to ten.
The Auggies then hosted Gustavus Adolphus on Oct. 2. The Gusties opened the scoring with a goal in the 58th minute after a scoreless opening half. Augsburg equalized quickly when St. Aubin scored her tenth goal of the season five and a half minutes later. The teams remained scoreless for the last 25 minutes, so they went into overtime. Three minutes in, Gabriela Encarnacion scored the winning goal on a rebound after St. Aubin had her shot blocked by the Gustie goaltender. The Auggies are now 11-1-1 in their last thirteen contests against Gustavus, and have not lost to them at home since 2005.
Augsburg traveled to St. Paul to face off against St. Catherine on Monday night, and came away with a 2-1 victory. After 75 minutes of scoreless soccer, St. Aubin found the back of the net on a penalty kick after the Wildcats were called for a handball. Niki Ryan doubled the Auggie lead in the 84th minute with her second goal of the season. St. Catherine converted a penalty at the very end of the game, but Augsburg held on for a 2-1 win.
The Auggies sit at the top of the MIAC standings heading into their last six conference games, and will be looking to secure a top playoff seed in the near future.
This article was originally published in the October 11, 2019 issue.