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November 4, 2009

2009 Season - Vikings fall 2-0 in CCIW semi-finals

ELMHURST, Ill. – An early goal by top-seeded Elmhurst put Augustana in a quick hole that the team could not get out of as the Bluejays moved on to the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Tournament championship game with a 2-0 victory over the Vikings on Wednesday, November 4 in Elmhurst, Illinois.  Elmhurst entered as the No. 1 seed with a 5-0-2 mark in the conference while the Blue & Gold finished regular season conference play at 3-2-2, earning the No. 4 seed.

The home team grabbed the lead with a goal at the 1:33 mark by Brian McMahon.  Matt Sterner and John Brehm each earned an assist on McMahon’s seventh goal of the season.  The Viking defense settled in after the early Bluejay tally and the teams played to a scoreless draw for the rest of the half.  Elmhurst took a 1-0 lead into the locker room and outshot Augustana 8-6 in the opening stanza.

Augustana stayed within one goal of the lead until the 63:08 mark of the second half when Luke Froehlich put one in the net to extend the Elmhurst lead to 2-0.  Sterner picked up his second assist of the game on Froehlich’s third goal of the year.  The Vikings put pressure on the Bluejays the rest of way, registering six more shots in the second half, but could not score as Elmhurst notched the 2-0 shutout.

Senior goalkeeper Mike Dolan (Libertyville HS, Libertyville, Ill.) made five saves on the night to finish a fine season in goal for the Vikings.

Elmhurst outshot Augustana 19-12, but freshman Jason Beckus (Naperville Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) led the Viking attack with four shots on the night.

The Vikings conclude the year at 6-10-3 overall under third year head coach Brenton Joseph.  The squad had a terrific run through the CCIW regular season, finishing fourth after being picked eighth in the CCIW pre-season coaches’ poll.

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand