Two late goals push the Vikings past the Bulldogs
DULUTH, Minn .– Augustana Soccer defeated the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon with a score of two goals to none. The victory marks Augustana’s seventh straight victory and the eighth shutout victory of the season.
The Vikings’ record improves to 10-3-2 overall and 9-1-2 in NSIC action, one game out of first place. Minnesota-Duluth drops to 2-11-1 overall and 2-8-2 in conference.
Junior Josie arduser led the Vikings with the game’s opening goal in the 81st minute of action. Senior Alexis legg and first year student Sierra Barkus collected the assists on goal.
Legg settled the ball after a high ball and served it to Barkus. With a one-touch pass from his left foot, Barkus managed to squeeze the ball past the defenders where Arduser was able to beat the goalkeeper. Arduser’s goal is the second of the season.
Legg scored the second goal of the game three minutes later. She sealed Augustana’s victory with a low, straight shot to beat the UMD keeper. With the late goal, Legg leads the Vikings in goals this season with seven goals.
The Vikings led the Bulldogs in shots on goal with 11. UMD had six shots on goal and 13 shots. Juniors Sylvie Fehr and Bailey McCullough each recorded at least two shots on goal.
“It was a game of patience,” head coach Augustana Brandon barkus noted. “We moved the ball incredibly well, but Minnesota-Duluth closed a lot of the space and we struggled to move forward.
“I think we used our passing patterns well and pushed and probed with solid determination and focus. In the end, it was our fitness and patience that ultimately prevailed. The UMD came out on top. is really beaten, and it’s so hard to win in his place, so I’m very excited to have the win! ”
Goalkeeper Jillian barkus notched his eighth shutout of the season against the Bulldogs. Barkus made six saves in 90 minutes of play.
“I’m pretty excited about this group, the talent and leadership of this team is incredible. I hope to continue this winning streak!” added Barkus.
Augustana returns to action on Friday with her final home game of the regular season when Upper Iowa travels to Morstad Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Vikings travel to Winona, Minnesota on Sunday for an NSIC clash against Winona State at 1 p.m. The action can be followed on GoAugie.com/Live or on the GoAugie app, brought to you by CellOnly, found in the store app.