Jackson Gerber, Sports Editor
The women’s soccer team earned their third MIAC regular season championship in the last six years with a 4-0 win over Hamline last Saturday night.
Needing a win to clinch at least a share of the MIAC regular season title with St. Thomas, the Auggies took care of business, outshooting the Pipers by a 23-7 margian. As fans have seen many times before, senior star Ashley St. Aubin started off the scoring with a phenomenal individual effort in the 5th minute of the match. She would either score or assist on the next two goals, crossing a ball into the box to first year Megan Howard to put the Auggies up 2-0. She then converted a penalty kick late in the game to push the lead to 3-0. Natalee Lessert would round out the scoring on the night, banging home a goal from 25 yards out after getting set up by Olivia House. Netminder Emily Chapman had six saves and recorded her seventh shutout of the season.
According to the Augsburg University Athletics website, this will be the 11th MIAC playoff appearance for the women’s soccer program since 2004. It’s also their sixth straight appearance and seventh in the last eight years. After defeating St. Thomas 1-0 earlier in the year, the Auggies were awarded the top seed in the six-team playoff. If they are successful in taking down St. Benedict’s, they will host the winner of St. Thomas and Bethel in the championship game on Saturday at Edor Nelson Field at 1PM, with the playoff title and automatic NCAA tournament bid on the line.
This article was originally published in the November 8, 2019 issue.