Womens soccer victorious in homecoming game


Augustana goalkeeper, junior Sydney Ion looks for a pass from the goal line clearance during the second period. Augustana won by 1-0.

Margaret Cecilio

After suffering a tough loss on Wednesday night against North Central college the Augustana Women’s soccer bounced back with a 1-0 win against Carroll at Thorson-Lucken Field in the homecoming match. 
With six minutes left in the first half, junior Karissa Gottardo crossed the ball in front of the Pioneer’s goal and connected with sophomore Marcela Arreguin who hammered it home from the right side to give the Vikings the lead.
Arreguin scored her second goal of the season and gave the Vikings a lead that held up for the remainder of the game. The match spent a lot of time in the middle of the field following the opening Viking goal, as neither team had a shot on goal for the remainder of the first half. 
Vikings junior goalie, Sydney Ion, ended the game with fives saves and recorded her fifth shutout of the year.  
“We want to keep going at the same rate, and easily take conference table and straight to finals,” said Ion.
  Augie’s goalie split the saves four in the first half, and one save in the second. The Pioneer goalie split her saves with one in the first half, and four in the second
The Vikings kept the pressure up for the second half, giving up no goals and offering Caroll no space to play catch up.
The Vikings dominated the shots in the second half as they kept the pressure up and had the last seven shots of the match four of which were on goal.  The game finished out with a winning score for the Vikings of 1-0. The Vikings totaled 12 shots, and the Pioneers following close behind with a shot total of nine. 
This game improved the Viking’s record to 7-1-2 on the year and 2-1 in the CCIW, while the Pioneers dropped to 5-3-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the league. 
Arreguin’s goal against the Pioneers was her second of the season. The outside forward has high hopes for her team for the rest of the season, and is determined to make a point so they can show up to conference. She hopes to, “Let them know that we are here for a reason,” Arreguin said. 
Head coach, Scott Mejia, has earned the CCIW Coach of the Year award three times, in 2012, 2009 and 2006, and is in the middle of his 19th year coaching the women’s soccer team. 
On Saturday, Oct. 12, Coach Scott Mejia’s squad will be facing the women’s soccer team from Wheaton on Thorson-Lucken Field for a 5:00 p.m. match. Wheaton will enter the match ranked ninth in nation. 
Augustana currently sits at third in the cciw standing and has just five matches remaining before the end of the 2019 campaign.
In order to make it into the conference tournament and have a shot at the national playoffs the Vikings need to finish in the top four.