NARAS PRAMESWARI BROOKE KINNEYngprameswari12@ole.augie.edu email@example.com
Augustana men’s soccer club is headed to regionals after defending their second place ranking last weekend.
This is the first time since the fall of 2008 that the soccer club has qualified for the Region V Tournament, which will be held Oct. 25-27 this year in Golden, Colo.
Augustana beat Minnesota State University Moorhead, 3-1, on Saturday at Morstad Field, leaving them four points ahead from third place MSU Moorhead in the Great Plains Soccer Conference standings.
On Sunday, Augustana lost to North Dakota State University, 0-2. Currently, NDSU maintains the No. 1 ranking for the conference.
The 2013 Great Plains Soccer Conference is made up of Augustana, Jamestown College, MSU Moorhead, NDSU, South Dakota State University and University of North Dakota.
Presently, NDSU (7-0-2) leads the conference with 23 points, and Augustana (7-3-0) is in second with 21 points. MSU Moorhead (5-2-2) follows in third place with 17 points. Points are awarded for wins or ties.
In the Saturday game against MSU Moorhead, Simon Schwarzfischer, an international student from Germany, scored the first goal for Augustana in the first half of the game. In the second half, senior Bendic Klevstadberget from Norway scored the second and third goals.
“I want to give credit to our back four that has improved over the past weeks,” Klevstadberget said. “It was a great performance by our team.”
The strong win helped the team stay confident going into Sunday’s game against NDSU, but NDSU came out with the win.
Senior Logan Bulock has been on the club team since his freshman year and says NDSU has always been a strong team.
“Since I’ve been here, I don’t think we have ever tied or won against NDSU,” Bulock said.
Augustana was set to play against fifth-ranked Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D., and the game would be the deciding factor on which team would head to regionals, but the severe weather last week caused their soccer field to be unusable. Jamestown forfeited the match.
“We’re out of MSUM’s reach now, so we will be going regardless of how they play this weekend,” Bulock said.
Bulock said this year’s soccer club is one of the best he’s been on since his first year joining Augustana’s team, and he said the club is excited to be heading to regionals.
Augustana men’s soccer club roster has 23 athletes, 17 which are international students.
“We had a team record of six Americans at the games this weekend,” Bulock said.
The weather in North Dakota has resulted in forfeits for the remaining games in the conference, leaving the standings as is.
The top two teams in each conference automatically qualify for regionals, and the third team depends on the rankings of teams in the other conferences. This year, NDSU, Augustana and MSU Moorhead are headed to the Region V Tournament Oct. 25-27.