Courtesy of Aurora University
AURORA, Ill. -- The Aurora University women's soccer team will represent the Northern Athletics Conference in the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship. The Spartans received a Pool A berth after winning the NAC tournament championship and will travel to Wartburg College on Friday, Nov. 11, to take on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (13-5-1). Game time in Waverly, Iowa, will be either 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
The Spartan women's soccer program, under the direction of Head Coach Kanute Drugan, will make its eighth NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship appearance in the last 11 seasons and sixth trip in the last seven seasons.
In its previous appearances, AU is 0-7 with defeats coming in 2010 at Loras College (3-1), 2009 at University of Chicago (2-0), 2007 at Chicago (1-0 in overtime), 2006 at Wheaton College (2-0), 2005 at Chicago (4-0), 2002 against Loras (5-1) and 2001 at Lawrence University (2-1).
AU enters the opening round of the NCAA tournament having won 15 of their previous 16 contests. Four of the Spartans opponents in 2011 (18-4) also advanced to the NCAA tournament field, Carroll University (2-0 win), Principia College (1-0 win), Wheaton (2-0 loss) and Alma College (2-0 loss).
The Northern Athletics Conference regular season and tournament champions with an 11-1 regular season record and 2-0 in the NAC tournament, outscored their opponents in NAC play 79 to 6 (14 games).
This season, AU is led by junior forward Raquel Rodriguez, senior forward Jordan Joyce, freshman forward Nicole Wolfe and sophomore goalkeeper Liz Wong. Rodriguez (12 goals, eight assists and two game-winning goals), Joyce (12 goals, four assists and four game-winning goals) and Wolfe (10 goals, one assist and five game-winning goals) lead the Spartan offense, while Wong has been a defensive ace for the Spartans. The Spartans defense has 11 shutouts on the season while allowing 0.67 goals per game. Wong is 16-4 with four shutouts and 41 saves with a 0.85 goals against average. The Spartans have not allowed more than two goals in any game this season while posting an 18-4 overall record. In a 13-game win streak, AU out-scored opponents 74 to 4.