BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – For the third time in program history, the Augsburg Auggies will enter the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Soccer Playoffs as the top seed in the field.
The Auggies locked up the No. 1 seed and a share of the regular season MIAC title on Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 victory over Hamline. St. Thomas also secured a share of the regular season title, finishing tied with the Auggies in the standings at 9-1-1, thanks to a 1-0 victory in double overtime against Saint Mary's on Saturday. Augsburg received the top seed in the playoffs by virtue of defeating St. Thomas, 1-0, on September 25.
No. 1 seed Augsburg will make its sixth consecutive trip to the MIAC Playoffs and the program's 11th overall. Augsburg has won the conference playoffs twice before in 2014 and 2016. The Auggies will host the winner of next Tuesday's quarterfinal contest between Saint Benedict and Carleton. Kickoff for Wednesday's semifinal game is tentatively set for 2:00 p.m. in Minneapolis.
No. 2 St. Thomas is headed to the playoffs for the 11th time in program history and sixth consecutive season. The Tommies won their first-ever MIAC Playoff championship last season. St. Thomas will host the winner of next Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup between St. Catherine and Bethel. Kickoff for the semifinal game is set for 2:00 p.m. in St. Paul next Wednesday.
This year's quarterfinal matchups will feature a pair of rematches from Saturday's action, as No. 3 St. Catherine will host No. 6 Bethel and No. 4 Saint Benedict will host No. 5 Carleton.
St. Catherine has now reached the conference tournament in each of the last five seasons. The Wildcats won it all in 2017 to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Bethel will return to the MIAC Playoffs for the second year in a row and fourth time ever. The Royals will be looking for their first playoff championship in program history. The Wildcats defeated the Royals, 2-1, on Saturday.
Saint Benedict is playoff-bound for the fourth straight season and 10th time in program history. CSB has won the MIAC Playoff championship twice before, first in 2011 and again in 2013. Meanwhile, Carleton is back in the MIAC Playoffs for the first time since 2014 and seventh time overall. The Knights have won a pair of MIAC Playoff titles, taking home back-to-back championships in 2008-09. CSB shutout the Knights, 2-0, on Saturday.
Postseason play is set to begin on Tuesday, November 5 with both quarterfinal matchups tentatively scheduled for 2:00 p.m. No. 3 St. Catherine will host No. 6 Bethel in St. Paul, while No. 5 Carleton will travel to St. Joseph for a showdown with No. 4 Saint Benedict.
The two quarterfinal winners will advance to Wednesday's semifinals, where No. 1 Augsburg and No. 2 St. Thomas will be waiting. The winner of the St. Catherine/Bethel game will head to St. Paul for a 2:00 p.m. meeting with St. Thomas, while the Saint Benedict/Carleton winner will head to Minneapolis for a 2:00 p.m. showdown with the top-seeded Auggies.
Wednesday's two semifinal winners will meet on Saturday, November 9, in the 2019 MIAC Women's Soccer Playoff championship game. The game is tentatively scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The MIAC Playoff champion will receive the postseason championship plaque and the Conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.
The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2019 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.
|2019 MIAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYOFFS|
|No. 2||St. Thomas||9-1-1||13-3-1|
|No. 3||St. Catherine||8-3||12-6|
|No. 4||Saint Benedict||7-3-1||10-5-2|
2019 MIAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals | Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. |
No. 6 Bethel at No. 3 St. Catherine
No. 5 Carleton at No. 4 Saint Benedict
Semifinals | Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. |
No. 4/5 seed at No. 1 Augsburg
No. 3/6 seed at No. 2 St. Thomas
Championship | Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. |
Highest remaining seed will host
GAME TIMES ARE TENTATIVE