BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Heading into week three of the 2019 season, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's soccer teams have compiled a combined record of 26-12-3 with 10 of 12 teams boasting winning records in non-conference action. The first league match of the year got underway on Monday night with Hamline edging Macalester, 2-1.
The University of St. Thomas moved up ten spots to No. 9 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday. The Tommies came in at No. 15 in the D3soccer.com Top 25, while Bethel picked up 16 points in the balloting.
Bethel leads NCAA Division III in total points this season with 62 and is tied for the national lead in goals scored (22) and shots per game (32.25). The Royals also rank second in D-III in total assists (18), and third in points per game (15.50) and assists per game (4.50).
Bethel forward Lauren Davis ranks second in NCAA Division III with 16 points to start the season. The sophomore has scored seven goals and assisted on two more through the Royals first four games.
AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg forward Ashley St. Aubin scored three of Augsburg's six goals on opening weekend. Her goal nine minutes into the 2019 season was the opening marker in the Auggies' 2-0 win at Wisconsin-Eau Claire, last year's WIAC playoff runner-up. The following day, St. Aubin scored two first-half goals in Augsburg's 4-0 win at Minn.-Morris. The two-goal effort marks St. Aubin's 13th career multi-goal game, with Augsburg winning all 13 contests. Augsburg's career scoring leader, St. Aubin has 56 career goals and 134 career points (22 assists) in 64 games. St. Aubin has scored at least one goal in 42 games in her career, and the Auggies are 39-2-1 when she scores a goal.
Bethel junior Sophie Kendall tallied three goals and an assist to guide the Royals to a pair of wins over Bethany Lutheran and Wis.-Stout last week. Bethel has started the season with four consecutive shutout victories and Kendall has recorded the game-winning goal in each of the last two.
Four different Knights scored goals in Carleton's 5-1 win over Grinnell on Sunday. Nora Mertz was the only starter in the scoring column, collecting her 21st career goal to move into a tie for sixth-place all-time on the Knights' career scoring list.
Concordia forward Karsen Granning enjoyed a four-goal weekend, including a hat trick against Northland on Saturday. Granning also scored once and assisted on another goal in a 3-1 win over Northwestern on Friday. The Cobbers are off to their first 4-0 start since the 2009 campaign.
Gustavus goalkeeper Ashley Becker made six saves in a 2-1 loss to Luther last week, moving her career total to 307 - one shy of Tara Joosten's program record of 308, set from 1994-97.
Hamline goalkeeper Lauren Sicora had a strong opening weekend on the West Coast, collecting 22 saves in matchups against Whitworth and Whitman in August. Sicora allowed two goals over 165:31 between the posts, finishing with an even 1-1 record on the road trip.
After four straight road games to start the year, Macalester will play its home opener on Wednesday against Wis.-River Falls. Sophomore forward Alice Bieda collected her team-leading second goal of the year last week against Wis.-Stevens Point.
Saint Benedict forward Megan Thompson opened her junior season with a bang, totaling 11 points in two games to help Saint Benedict earn a pair of big wins over tough WIAC squads, including No. 17 UW-La Crosse. Thompson began the year with a hat trick - the second season-opening hat trick of her career - to lift CSB to a 3-2 overtime win over UW-Whitewater, and she added two goals and an assist to help the Bennies beat UW-La Crosse, 3-1, the following day.
St. Catherine forward Lauren Witte led the Wildcats to a 3-1 victory on Saturday with a pair of goals on seven shots against Coe. The sophomore forward leads St. Kate's in both goals (4) and points (8) this season.
Saint Mary's forward Jordyn Matthews posted a pair of two-goal games in the Cardinals' wins over Marian and Ripon last weekend. Matthews scored the first and third goals while notching her first collegiate multi-goal game in last Friday's 3-0 win over Marian, before netting a pair of unassisted second-half goals in Saint Mary's 3-0 win over Ripon two days. Matthews leads the team and is third in the MIAC with five goals through three games this season.
St. Olaf defender Kylie Landa scored her first-career goal for St. Olaf in a 1-1 tie at Wis.-Stevens Point on Sunday and was part of a backline that held a pair of opponents to one goal apiece during a 1-0-1 week. The sophomore scored from 30 yards out on the left-wing in the 39th minute to cancel out a Pointer penalty kick on Sunday.
St. Thomas goalkeeper Sarah Pasternak made 12 saves to help the No. 19-ranked Tommies stun No. 3-ranked Washington-St. Louis in two overtimes, 1-0, on Saturday. Washington (21-1 in 2018) had won 15 consecutive home games and have lost just twice in 48 home games over the last five seasons. It was the sixth career shutout for Pasternak, who is now 9-0 on her career. The Toms (3-0) are 9-1-1 in their last 11 road games dating back to September 2018, including three shutout wins over nationally-ranked teams.