Soccer Teams Kick Off Seasons With Wins and Losses

By Kevin Sethre, staff writer

The Augsburg womens soccer team started conference play with a 1-3 loss to Hamline on Sept. 14, but have quickly bounced back by winning the three conference games they have played in since.

Their second game in conference play took place on Sept. 21, when they hosted Macalester and won 1-0.  The Auggies took the lead early when Jennifer Bobaric scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season thanks to an assist by Sam Donahugh 8:34 into the game.  While they weren’t able to extend the lead, Augsburg was clearly the better team during the rest of the game. They outshot the Scots 18-6 and had six more shots on goal than the visitors.

After falling 3-1 to UW-Whitewater in a non-conference game on Sept. 25, the Auggies traveled down to Northfield and beat Carleton 2-1.  Augsburg took the lead 30 minutes in when Jen Masello headed in Bobaric’s corner kick, and Bobaric extended it to 2-0 when she stole the ball and scored from the edge of the 18-yard box at the 64:23 mark.  The lead was cut in half when the Knights put home a rebound following a save by Aspen Brockhouse at 72:10, but the Auggies were able to hold on for the win despite being outshot 13-5.  Still, the team made the most of their chances, with both of their shots on goal beating the keeper.

A late goal with 90 seconds left in the game from Ana Ortiz gave Augsburg a draw at Saint Benedict on Oct. 2. The Bennies had taken the lead at the 57:34 mark before Ortiz’s equalizer. The two teams combined for eight shots during the two overtime periods, but neither was able to score and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

With seven points from their first four conference games, the womens team is currently seventh in the MIAC. Their next game is a home game against Saint Mary’s at Edor Nelson Field on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 PM.

The mens team continued their hot start to the season with four straight wins to open conference play, and they didn’t concede a single goal during that stretch. After conceding a goal at the 1:50 mark of their September 4 game against Puget Sound, the Auggies put up six consecutive clean sheets in wins over Central, Northwestern-St. Paul, Hamline, Macalester, St. Scholastica and Carleton before finally conceding again 9:45 into the first half of their 3-0 loss to Saint John’s on October 2. During the nearly 700 minutes between goals, Augsburg allowed 91 shots without any of them getting past starting goalkeeper Oscar Herrera, whose .840 save percentage is second-best in the MIAC.

With 12 points from their first four MIAC games, the mens team is currently tied with St. Olaf on top of the conference standings. Their next game is away against Gustavus Adolphus at the Gustavus Soccer and Track Complex in St. Peter on Oct.13th.