BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2018 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Soccer Playoffs continued with the semifinal round on Wednesday afternoon. No. 1 seed St. Thomas defeated St. Catherine, 2-0, to move on to the Playoff Championship game where they will meet No. 3 seed Augsburg, who topped Bethel, 4-2.
This will be the fourth postseason meeting between the two teams in the last five years. Augsburg and St. Thomas 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. St. Thomas defeated Augsburg, 5-0, in the final week of the 2018 regular season.
NO. 1 ST. THOMAS 2, NO. 4 ST. CATHERINE | Box Score |
After a scoreless first half, top-seeded St. Thomas came alive in the second, scoring a pair of goals to defeat No. 4 St. Catherine, 2-0, and advance to the program's third Playoff Championship game in the last four seasons. Alex Balfour logged her first goal of the season unassisted in the 60th minute, just getting the ball past SCU goalkeeper Tayler Koop to record what would become the game-winner. Ellie Eskierka took a pass from Mallory DeBoom 23 minutes later to score her second goal of the year and secure the Tommie victory. Koop stopped nine of the 11 shots directed at her in the game. St. Thomas will be looking for the program's first-ever MIAC playoff title on Saturday.
NO. 3 AUGSBURG 4, NO. 2 BETHEL 2 | Box Score |
For fans of high-scoring soccer action, Augsburg and Bethel provided a Halloween treat on Wednesday afternoon, with the Auggies coming out on top, 4-2. Junior forward Ashley St. Aubin assisted on the first goal of the game and scored the last one to become Augsburg's new single-season record holder with 20 goals in 2018. Augsburg scored the first three goals of the contest, two of which came off the foot of Gabriela Encarnacion. Bethel answered back with two unassisted goals in the second half from Rachel Waterman and Britney Monteon before St. Aubin put the game out of reach with her score in the 60th minute. Augsburg will now advance to the fourth playoff championship game in program history in search of its third title in the last five seasons. The Auggies won championships in 2014 and 2016 after being the playoff runner-up in 2012.
CHAMPIONSHIP SET FOR SATURDAY
No. 1 St. Thomas and No. 3 Augsburg will meet on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the 2018 MIAC Women's Soccer Playoff Championship game. The game is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. The MIAC Playoff champion will receive the postseason championship plaque and the Conference's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.
The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2018 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.
2018 MIAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Championship | Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. |
No. 3 Augsburg at No. 1 St. Thomas | Live Stats | Video |
GAME TIMES ARE TENTATIVE