Augsburg, St. Kate's advance in opening round of MIAC Women's Soccer Playoffs

2018 MIAC Championships

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2018 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Soccer Playoffs got underway on Tuesday afternoon and after a pair of quarterfinal matchups, Augsburg and St. Catherine are moving on, thanks to shutout victories. No. 3 Augsburg scored a pair of second-half goals to top No. 6 St. Olaf, while No. 4 St. Kate's kept its playoff winning streak alive with a 1-0 win over No. 5 Saint Benedict.

2018 MIAC Women's Soccer Playoffs |

Augsburg and St. Catherine now join Bethel and St. Thomas in the semifinals. The No. 2 seed Royals will host No. 3 Augsburg at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, while the top-seeded Tommies will welcome No. 4 St. Kate's at the same time.

NO. 3 AUGSBURG 2, NO. 6 ST. OLAF 0 | Box Score |
Junior forward Ashley St. Aubin continued her dynamic 2018 by factoring into a pair of goals to help the Auggies move on to the semifinal round with a 2-0 victory at home over No. 6 St. Olaf. St. Aubin was credited with the assist on Jessy Wiskofske's game-winner just past the 47th minute of play and then scored her 19th goal of the season unassisted six minutes later for insurance. Emily Chapman earned her 13th win of the year with eight saves over 90 minutes in goal, while Brynne Davis stopped 10 of 12 shots on goal for the Oles. Augsburg advances on to face Bethel on Wednesday afternoon. The Auggies defeated the Royals, 2-1, in overtime on September 15. Wednesday's match is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Arden Hills.

NO. 4 ST. CATHERINE 1, NO. 5 SAINT BENEDICT 0 Box Score |
The defending MIAC Playoff champs will continue their bid for a repeat thanks to an Allie Bird goal 76 minutes into action on Tuesday. The goal proved to be all the offense St. Kate's needed in a 1-0 victory over No. 5 Saint Benedict. Sofia Campbell collected her team-leading seventh assist on the play. SCU goalkeeper Tayler Koop improved to 11-3-2 on the year with four saves in 90 minutes, while Kendall Koenen stopped four of five shots on goal for Saint Ben's. The Wildcats will move on to challenge No. 1 seed St. Thomas on Wednesday. UST edged St. Kate's, 1-0, two weeks ago thanks to a Mallory DeBoom goal 5:31 into the first period. Wednesday's match is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. kickoff at St. Thomas.

SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS SET FOR WEDNESDAY
The Auggies and Wildcats used their quarterfinal wins to advance to Wednesday's semifinals, where No. 1 St. Thomas and No. 2 Bethel are set to host. The No. 2 Royals will host No. 3 Augsburg while No. 1 St. Thomas will host No. 4 St. Catherine. Both games are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. kickoffs.

Wednesday's two semifinal winners 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 FacebookInstagram, and Twitter accounts.


2018 MIAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Quarterfinals | Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. |
No. 3 Augsburg 2, No. 6 St. Olaf 0 | Box Score |
No. 4 St. Catherine 1, No. 5 Saint Benedict 0 | Box Score |

Semifinals | Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. |
No. 4 St. Catherine at No. 1 St. Thomas | Live Stats | Video |
No. 3 Augsburg at No. 2 Bethel | Live Stats | Video |

Championship | Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. |
Lowest remaining seed at Highest remaining seed | Live Stats | Video |

GAME TIMES ARE TENTATIVE


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