BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Soccer Playoffs continued with the semifinal round on Wednesday afternoon. No. 1 seed Augsburg defeated No. 4 Saint Benedict, 5-1, to move on to the MIAC Playoff championship for the fifth time in the last eight years, while No. 2 St. Thomas advanced to the title game for the fourth time in the last five seasons with a 3-0 victory over No. 6 Bethel.
Saturday's playoff championship game will be the fifth postseason meeting between the Auggies and Tommies in the last six years. The two teams traded semifinal victories in 2014 and 2015 before meeting in the 2016 MIAC Playoff Championship, which saw the Auggies come away with a 1-0 win. They met again in last year's Playoff Championship, which resulted in a 3-1 St. Thomas victory. Augsburg edged St. Thomas, 1-0, in the 2019 regular season matchup on September 25.
NO. 2 ST. THOMAS 3, NO. 6 BETHEL 0 | Box Score |
St. Thomas scored once in the first half and twice in the second while holding No. 6 Bethel without a shot on Wednesday to advance to the MIAC Playoff Championship game for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Paige Cater scored unassisted in the 31st minute to give the Tommies a 1-0 advantage heading into the break. Kate Heimer and Paola Del Moral scored within seven minutes of each other in the second half to secure the victory. Bethel goalkeeper Kaylee Peterson faced 10 shots on goal, stopping seven in the game. The win was the eighth in a row for the Tommies, who have now extended their home unbeaten streak to 24 and season unbeaten streak to 12.
NO. 1 AUGSBURG 5, NO. 4 SAINT BENEDICT 1 | Box Score |
Augsburg will host the 2019 MIAC Women's Soccer Playoff Championship game after defeating No. 4 Saint Benedict, 5-1, on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Five different Auggies figured in the scoring, with forward Gabriela Encarnacion getting the action started at 5:45 in the first on an unassisted goal. Saint Benedict's Roxy Veldman answered less than five minutes later with her third goal of the postseason to even the score at 1-1. However, it would be all Augsburg from that point forward, with Ashley St. Aubin, Ana Ortiz, and Jen Masello all tallying goals before Encarnacion punctuated the victory with her second goal of the night. St. Aubin's goal at 23:27 in the first half was the 69th of her Augsburg career, tying her with former Macalester standout Jenny Scanlon (1991-94) for the most career goals by a MIAC women's soccer player in history. She also had a pair of assists in the win.
CHAMPIONSHIP SET FOR SATURDAY
No. 1 Augsburg and No. 2 St. Thomas will meet on Saturday, November 9, in the 2019 MIAC Women's Soccer Playoff Championship game. The game is tentatively scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The MIAC Playoff champion will receive the postseason championship plaque and the conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.
The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2019 MIAC Women's Soccer Playoffs, containing schedules, links, and information on each of the six teams in the field. Throughout the tournament, the page will be updated with scores, stats, updated schedules and more. Fans can also follow the action on the MIAC Scoreboard, on the free MIAC mobile app, and on social media through the MIAC's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
2019 MIAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Championship | Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 |
No. 2 St. Thomas at No. 1 Augsburg | 1:00 p.m. |
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