BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The 2021 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's soccer season appears poised for a dramatic conclusion with three teams currently tied for first place in the conference standings. Augsburg, St. Catherine, and Saint Mary's have each collected 13 points to sit atop the MIAC with three weeks left to play in the regular season. Thirteen games are set to be played in the next seven days, with 12 of them counting towards the conference standings.
The latest MIAC women's soccer Stat Pack as of Tuesday, October 12, 2021 can be viewed here.
The most recent United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll was released on October 12.
St. Catherine ranked fourth in the Region IX Rankings, released on October 12, followed by Augsburg in sixth and Saint Mary's in seventh.
St. Catherine received 15 points and Saint Mary's received two in the most recent D3soccer.com Top 25 Poll, released on October 5.
New polls and rankings are anticipated to be released on Tuesday, October 19.
Saint Mary's junior goalkeeper Alexis Nguyen leads all of NCAA Division III with a save percentage of 0.974 this season. Her goals-against average of 0.110 this fall is third-best in D-III. Nguyen's six shutouts are tied for eighth-most in the country.
St. Olaf junior forward Tessa Anderson scored four goals against Finlandia on 9/12, tied for the eighth-most in any D-III game this season.
AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg senior forward Ana Ortiz provided the spark for a pair of Auggie victories last week. Against St. Scholastica on 10/6, the senior tied the game at 1-1 on a header off a corner kick in the 76th minute, then assisted on the game-winner in the 85th minute for a 2-1 victory. Ortiz found the back of the net again against Saint Mary's on 10/9, converting on another corner kick to take down the previously unbeaten Cardinals by a score of 1-0.
Bethel sophomore goalkeeper Izzy Smith saved 13 shots that were sent her way during the Royals' two losses last week. The sophomore turned in her third-highest saves outing of the year against Carleton with eight stopped shots in a 3-1 loss on 10/9.
Carleton junior midfielder Cate Patterson had a goal and an assist in the Knights' 3-1 victory over Bethel on 10/9. Patterson's score was the eventual game-winner that occurred in the 17th minute, giving her three game-winning goals on the season to go along with seven scores in total.
Concordia senior midfielder Lauren Tschider scored her second goal of the season in the Cobbers' 2-1 loss to Gustavus on 10/9. The goal served as the equalizer in the 33rd minute, which put the game at 1-1 until the Gusties went ahead 2-1 in the 81st minute.
Gustavus first-year forward Gabriela Rodriguez scored the game-winning goal for the Gusties in the 81st minute against Concordia on 10/9. The goal marked the first of Rodriguez's collegiate career to help snap a four-game skid for Gustavus.
Hamline senior goalkeeper Lauren Sicora registered a six-save shutout in the Pipers' 0-0 draw with St. Scholastica on 10/9. Sicora now has four total shutouts on the year, with the most recent one against the Saints marking her first MIAC shutout of the season.
Macalester senior forward Alice Bieda scored all three of the Scots' goals in a 1-0-1 week. Bieda put together a two-goal performance in Macalester's 2-0 victory over UW-Eau Claire on 10/6, then scored the equalizer in the 88th minute against St. Catherine to help push the game to a 1-1 tie on 10/9.
Saint Benedict first-year goalkeeper Annie Waters held strong between the posts for the Bennies last week, saving all six shots she faced for a 2-0 victory over St. Olaf on 10/9. Waters has now played in seven consecutive games without allowing a goal.
St. Catherine junior midfielder Amanda Elton found the back of the net at 26:10 for her conference-leading eighth goal of the season against Hamline on 10/6. The Wildcats tacked on three more goals in the game to defeat the Pipers 4-1.
Saint Mary's junior goalkeeper Alexis Nguyen saved all six shots-on-goal during her 49:25 minutes played against Augsburg on 10/9. Nguyen continues to impress on the year, having only given up one goal in 10 games for the Cardinals while accumulating 38 saves.
St. Olaf junior forward Tessa Anderson fired four shots-on-goal in the Oles' 2-0 loss at Saint Benedict on 10/9. The junior now has 27 shots-on-goal for the year, 14 more than the next closest Ole.
St. Scholastica sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Jorgenson registered her third shutout of the season after stopping six shots in a 0-0 draw against Hamline on 10/9. Earlier in the week, Jorgenson saved seven of nine shots in the Saints' 2-1 loss at Augsburg on 10/6.
Tuesday, October 12 | MIAC App | MIAC Scoreboard | MIAC Live
4:00 PM | Saint Benedict at Bethel*
4:00 PM | St. Olaf at Saint Mary's*
4:00 PM | Carleton at Hamline*
4:00 PM | Concordia at St. Catherine*
4:00 PM | Augsburg at Gustavus*
7:30 PM | St. Scholastica at Macalester*
Saturday, October 16 | MIAC App | MIAC Scoreboard | MIAC Live
1:00 PM | St. Scholastica*
3:30 PM | Macalester at Carleton*
3:30 PM | Bethel at Saint Mary's*
3:30 PM | Gustavus at St. Olaf*
3:30 PM | Hamline at Saint Benedict*
7:30 PM | Concordia at Augsburg*
|2021 MIAC Statistical Leaders|
|Goals||Jennifer Bobaric, Augsburg
Amanda Elton, St. Catherine
|8||Amanda Elton, St. Catherine||4|
|Assists||Lily Hurtubise, Carleton
Cate Patterson, Carleton
Genesis Capacio, Saint Mary's
|5||Cate Patterson, Carleton||3|
|Points||Cate Patterson, Carleton||19||Cate Patterson, Carleton||9|
|Save %||Alexis Nguyen, Saint Mary's||0.974||Annie Waters, Saint Benedict||1.000|
|GAA||Alexis Nguyen, Saint Mary's||0.11||Annie Waters, Saint Benedict||0.00|