MIAC Men's Soccer Notebook - September 10, 2019

Junior Matt Gibbons played a role in 10 Gustie goals last week.
Junior Matt Gibbons played a role in 10 Gustie goals last week.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Heading into week three of the 2019 season, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) men's soccer teams have compiled a combined record of 26-6-6 with nine of 11 teams boasting winning records in non-conference action.

POLL TALK
Augsburg debuted at No. 9 in the nation in the first United Soccer Coaches poll of the regular season, released on Tuesday. The Auggies also received five points in the D3soccer.com Top 25 Poll, as did St. Thomas. Gustavus picked up 108 points, finishing just outside the top-25.

NATIONAL NOTABLES
Concordia ranks third in NCAA Division III with 4.33 assists per game, fourth in shots on goal per game at 14.67, and fifth in shots per game at 26.67.

Gustavus leads all of NCAA Division III in points per game (19.50) and assists per game (6.50) this season. The Gusties' scoring offense is averaging 6.50 goals per contest, second-best in D-III.

Gustavus forwards Raphael Cattelin and Matt Gibbons are tied for the Division III lead with an average of 1.5 assists per game in 2019.

Hamline forward Logan Weller is tied for the highest goal-scoring average in the nation at 2.00 goals per game. Gustavus midfielder Cole Schwartz is tied for second at 1.75.

Macalester goalkeeper Cade Fink leads all college soccer keepers with 509:33 minutes played in goal this season. Fink has also saved 28 shots this year, second-most in the country.

St. Olaf is averaging 10.67 corner kicks per game, the fourth-highest clip in Division III.

AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg forward Lionel Vang extended his consecutive-game point streak to five with a one-goal, two-assist week as Augsburg improved to 3-0-1 on the season. On Wednesday, he assisted on Augsburg's opening goal in its 3-0 win at Crown, serving a free kick to goal-scorer Antonio Magadan in the 17th minute. On Saturday, Vang broke a scoreless deadlock 11 minutes into the second half, collecting a loose ball and scoring on a rebound off his initial point-blank shot saved by the Wis.-Superior keeper. He then assisted on the go-ahead goal by Daniel Hedstrom, firing a free kick from 35 yards out that Hedstrom put home at the 66:00 mark. Vang now has two goals and four assists for eight points in the Auggies' first four games.

Bethel midfielder Connor Nelson helped the Royals to three road victories last week, scoring two goals and assisting on one more. Nelson has recorded a pair of game-winners on the year, including one in the 81st minute against Bethany Lutheran last Wednesday.

Carleton forward Brennan Johnson posted back-to-back two-assist games to start the season when the junior set up game-winners against both Minn.-Morris and Lawrence on opening weekend. Johnson's first goal of the season came on Sunday, as he provided the Knights' only offense in a 1-0 victory over Grinnell.

Concordia midfielder Sam Gess scored two of the team's three goals - including the game-winner - in the Cobbers' 3-0 win at Crown to open the year. He also assisted on the team's other goal to give him a career-high five-point game. Gess had an unbelievable 12 shots in the game which is in the top-five for most shots in a single game in program history.

Gustavus forward Matt Gibbons was involved in 10 goals for the high-scoring Gusties last week, notching three goals and seven assists in a trio of Gustavus victories. Through four games this year, Gibbons leads the conference with seven assists and ranks second in goals scored with four.

Hamline forward Logan Weller scored three goals in a span of 3:49 - with two coming just 15 seconds apart - in Hamline's 6-2 win over Lawrence in the season opener two weeks ago. Weller leads the Pipers with four goals on the year.

Macalester goalkeeper Cade Fink tallied 17 saves in a pair of shutout draws for Macalester on opening weekend. The junior stopped all nine of No. 3-ranked Chicago's shots in the season opener and came back with an eight-save shutout against Washington-St. Louis two days later.

Saint John's Ben Becker scored his second collegiate hat trick in the Johnnies' 5-2 non-conference win at Northwestern last Saturday night. He scored the first of his three goals just before halftime to give SJU a 2-1 lead and broke the game open with tallies in the 77th and 81st minutes. He now has a point in each game this season for a total of 10 and led the Johnnies in goals (7), game-winning goals (3) and points (15) last fall.

Saint Mary's forward Josh Balsiger scored for the third time in as many games this season in helping the Cardinals to a 2-0 nonconference win over Edgewood last Saturday. The senior has found the back of the net in three of his last four contests dating back to last season.

St. Olaf goalkeeper Hamza Osman made three crucial saves to help the Oles secure a 1-0 victory over Bethany Lutheran on Saturday. Osman saved a penalty kick late in the first half just five minutes after St. Olaf scored the lone goal of the game. Osman has recorded a shutout in all three of his games as an Ole.

St. Thomas defender Halvor Houg has scored two of the team's four goals this season. Houg came up with the game-tying goal in the 85th minute of the Tommies' 1-1 tie with Wartburg on Sunday and scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win versus Washington-St. Louis to open the season.