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November 4, 2009

2009 Season - Women advance with 5-0 win over Millikin

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Establishing control early in the contest, the Augustana women’s soccer team cruised to a 5-0 win over Millikin in a CCIW tournament semifinal match at Ericson Field Wednesday night. The win moves the Vikings to 17-1-1 on the year and into the tournament championship at 7:00 Saturday, November 7, also at Ericson Field. Millikin falls to 12-8-1. Saturday’s opponent will be Illinois Wesleyan, who advanced on penalty kicks in its semifinal match at Wheaton.

Augustana controlled play the entire night and jumped on top when Taylor Moesle (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) finished off a feed from Lauren Polock (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) for her eighth goal of the season 18:40 into the first half. Mary Pat Holtrop (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) made it 2-0 six minutes later with a 30-yard blast from the left side. The goal was Holtrop’s first of the season.

Less than four minutes into the second half Caitlin Winkelman (St. Charles North HS, St. Chalres, Ill.) headed in a rebound for her seventh goal of the year, making it 3-0 Augustana. Katie Oakes (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) got her eighth of the season off an assist from Jessica Dodds (Linn-Mar HS, Marion, Iowa) six and a half minutes later and the Vikings led 4-0.

Viking coach Scott Mejia substituted liberally in the second half and Ashley Higuchi (Smoky Hill HS, Aurora, Colo.) closed out the scoring with her sixth goal with 11:30 left in the game. Higuchi’s goal came on an assist from Jenna Doyle (Regis Jesuit HS, Parker, Colo.).

Augustana dominated play, outshooting the Big Blue by a 17-3 margin. Millikin didn’t record its first shot attempt until 77:36 into the match, almost 12 minutes after Mejia had substituted for starting goalkeeper Kayla Radloff (West Chicago HS, West Chicago, Ill.). Radloff picked up the win to improve her record to 16-1-1. Her backup, Bridget McDermott (Prospect HS, Mt. Prospect, Ill.), recorded all three Viking saves on the night.