BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - With the 2018 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's soccer schedule more than half over, conference teams are gearing up for the playoff push. Seven of the 12 MIAC squads currently boast overall winning percentages of .500 or better.
The Tommies lead a trio of MIAC teams in this week's United Soccer Coaches North Region Rankings as well. At 11-1-0, UST is once again first in the Region, followed by Bethel at No. 7 and St. Olaf at No. 10.
Augsburg forward Ashley St. Aubin (Burnsville, Minn.) ranks fourth in NCAA Division III with an average of 7.50 shots per game in 2018.
Carleton goalkeeper Anna Roethler (St. Louis Park, Minn.) has the fourth-best save percentage in the nation this season with a clip of 0.938.
AROUND THE MIAC
Junior forward Ashley St. Aubin (Burnsville, Minn.) had a nine-point week for Augsburg, scoring two goals and assisting on five more as the Auggies outscored their opponents 10-0 en route to a pair of victories. St. Aubin is now just the second player in Augsburg women's soccer history to record more than 100 career points and is one goal shy of tying the school record of 46, set by Olivia Muyres in 2014.
Britney Monteon (Blaine, Minn.) scored a pair of goals and assisted on a third as the regionally-ranked Bethel Royals topped Gustavus, 4-3, on Saturday. Monteon scored her MIAC-leading sixth game-winner of the season in the 85th minute against the Gusties.
It has been nearly one full calendar year since Carleton last allowed more than one goal in a single game. The Knights have held opponents to singular scores in 14 straight matches dating back to October 18, 2017.
After going scoreless through the first 27 games of her collegiate career, Concordia sophomore defender Rachel Nemer (Fargo, N.D. | Davies) has scored twice in her last four contests, including the game-winner in the Cobbers' non-conference finale against Wis.-Superior on Sunday.
Five different Gusties collected points in the team's 3-4 loss to Bethel last weekend, including senior forward Chase Miller (Brooklyn Park, Minn. | Totino-Grace), who leads the team with five points in six MIAC matches this season.
Hamline junior Dani Wright (Farmington, Minn.) posted her third straight double-digit save game on Saturday with 14 stops against Augsburg. Wright leads all MIAC goalkeepers with 86 saves on the season.
Macalester midfielder Yukeria Haywood (Stone Mountain, Ga. | Marist School) proved to be the difference in the Scots' 1-0 victory over St. Scholastica last Thursday, as the sophomore netted her second goal of the year in the 83rd minute for a Mac win.
Megan Thompson (Inver Grove Heights, Minn. | Academy of Holy Angels) logged her second two-goal game of the season to help Saint Benedict top Saint Mary's, 3-1, on Saturday. The sophomore leads CSB with four goals and 12 shots on goal this season and her effort on Saturday helped head coach Steve Kimble reach 100 wins during his time at the helm for the Bennies.
St. Catherine continued its flair for the dramatic with back-to-back 3-2 Conference wins in double overtime last week. Senior midfielder Kaitlin Machovec (Woodbury, Minn. | North St. Paul) came away with the game-winner in the 106th minute against Concordia on Saturday.
Maura Michener (Winona, Minn. | Cotter) scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season in Saint Mary's loss to Saint Benedict last Saturday. Michener has now scored a goal in seven of the Cardinals' 13 games this season.
St. Olaf midfielder Claire Bash (Long Lake, Minn.) recorded the first two-goal game of her career in a 5-1 victory over Wis.-Stout last Wednesday. The junior opened the scoring in the 36th minute with a header off a corner, igniting a flurry of three goals in less than four minutes for the Oles. She added her second score in the 50th minute with a left-footed shot from 25 yards out.
St. Thomas senior Mallory DeBoom scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Wis.-Stevens Point on Sunday. The nationally-ranked Tommies are 41-0-4 in games where she secures a point and 30-0-2 when she scores a goal.