For the fourth straight season, the Augustana women's soccer team earned a top-four finish in the NSIC, and now rolls into the postseason with just one loss in their last 14 games.
"For the season I would say we have been gradually going up, and I think we are peaking at this point, which is a good time to be peaking," Augustana Senior goalkeeper Taylor Machacek said.
"I think we definitely have come together as a team. We have been playing our best soccer the last few games, and it looks like we have been playing like this for a while, but it has taken a while to get to where we are at right now," Augustana Senior defender Brooke Bleeker said.
Augustana has once-again relied heavily on their defense and goalkeeping, where Senior Taylor Machacek continues to rewrite the records book. The Senior from Sioux Falls now has a school and NSIC record 12-shutouts this season.
"Defensively we have been rock-solid and that has been the steady thing. And I say defensively I also mean our goalkeeper, so, she is the best the league - the best. And so, we are really blessed to have her," Augustana Head Coach Brandon Barkus
"Taylor is amazing. The defense is able to play how we play, because we have so much confidence, because we know she is behind us, supporting us, and giving us direction on the field," Bleeker said.
"I definitely couldn't do any of it without the team in front of me. They have definitely saved me a couple of times, and so, them doing there job makes my job a lot easier," Machacek said.
Although their list of goals is still in sight for this season, for a roster stacked with nine seniors, regardless of results this year has already been a success.
"Obviously we all want to win, and continue to win, and have a conference championship, make it to NCAA tournament - and even win there. But I mean, we are always there for each other - even through the ups and downs, so I would just say that success is having each other around and supporting each other everyday on and off the field," Machacek said.
In Sioux Falls, Elliot Nathan, KSFY Sports