Oct. 21, 2009

By Amy Farnum

VIKINGS VAULT: Augustana (Ill.) moved into the latest NSCAA Division III Top 25 at No. 22 after a pair of College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin victories last week, including an overtime upset of then-No. 10 Wheaton (Ill.).

Sophomore Caitlin Winkelman combined for four goals and one assist in the two contests, including two tallies and the game-winner against the Thunder on Oct. 14.  The native of St. Charles, Ill., added two goals and an assist in the Vikings’ 11-0 drubbing of Westminster in a non-conference game, and was named CCIW Player of the Week for her stellar play. Winkelman ranks third on the team in scoring with 14 points on six goals and two assists.

Augustana is on top of the CCIW standings with a 4-0 record, and meets the other unbeaten league squad – No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan – on Oct. 24 for a conference showdown.  The Titans (13-0-2) are 3-0 in CCIW play and have yet to lose a game this season.

TIGER TALES:  Trinity University’s Lindsay Euers played a key role in two Tiger wins against Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference foes as the squad remained unbeaten on the season and in contention for the league crown.

Euers led a defense that limited Centre and DePauw to just 10 shots in two games.  The freshman from Austin, Texas, was named SCAC Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts. 

The Tigers’ defense has given up just three goals and shutout eight of 11 opponents this season.  They rank second in Division III with a 0.266 goals against average.

Trinity joins Concordia-Moorhead and Williams as the only three teams with perfect records in Division III.  The Tigers look to remain flawless in a SCAC match-up against Southwestern University on Oct. 24.

CLIMBING COBBERS: Concordia-Moorhead climbed into the top 10 of the NSCAA Division III Top 25 at No. 7 for the first time in program history after cruising to a pair of shutouts last weekend.

The Cobbers have outscored their opponents, 44-6, this season, allowing just one goal in the second half of play in 14 games. Concordia has outscored conference foes 17-2 and sits on top of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings with an 8-0-0 record.

Concordia has already clinched a MIAC playoff over the weekend and will be making its seventh straight conference playoff appearance - the longest streak of any league team. The Cobbers look to keep their perfect mark intact at Carleton for a MIAC match-up on Oct. 23.

BALANCED ATTACK: Hardin-Simmons extended its winning streak to 12 games with a resounding 15-0 win over McMurry on Oct. 17 as the Cowgirls stayed unbeaten in American Southwest Conference action at 8-0.

The Cowgirls outshot McMurry 51-0 with 32 of those shots on goal.  Amy Kuykendall tallied a pair of scores in the first 13 minutes of play, but the offensive explosion was a total team effort as 18 different players recorded a goal or an assist in the game. 

HSU broke into the latest NSCAA Division III Top 25 at No. 18 on the merits of the winning streak.  The Cowgirls play Mary Hardin-Baylor (8-2 ASC) on Oct. 23 as they battle to remain in first place in the league standings.