Augustana soccer battles with No. 3 Bemidji St. to double overtime tie

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Despite a valiant effort from the Vikings, Augustana and No. 3 Bemidji State battled to a double-overtime 0-0 tie on Sunday at Morstad Field. Playing on the Vikings senior day, the draw bring the Vikings move to 10-3-3 (9-2-2 NSIC), and drops the Beavers 15-0-1 (13-0-1) their first non-win of the year. It's the first time all year Bemidji State has been shutout.

Following the scoreless contest, head coach Brandon Barkus said this game was great preparation for what the end of the regular season and postseason will bring. "I'm excited about our team," Said Barkus, "We had a lot of players step up and rise to the occasion. "

Augustana came out aggressive in the first half, using crosses and threw balls to set up numerous shots on goal. The Vikings defense also played strong early, limiting the Beavers to just 3 shots on the goal in the first half. Redshirt Freshman and goalie Claudia Pueschner once again came up clutch with big first half saves.

It's the first time all year Bemidji State has been shutout.

During the final 45 minutes of regulation the Beavers out shot the Vikings, but the Vikings defense applied pressure to the Beavers forwards. The defense did not let Bemidji play their style of game, holding them off balance and with just 11 shots on goal.

After 90 minutes of regulation had ended, the Vikings changed their focus to start the overtime periods. The Vikings pushed ahead on the Beaver defense and tested Beaver goalie, Anna Fobbe. The Vikings recorded three shots to the Beavers two, but couldn't find the back of the net. The second overtime saw Pueschner makes the only save in the period.

In the tie, Pueschner recorded her ninth shut out of the season. The Minnesota native was pleased with the effort today, but knows there's area to improve in. "We need to find a way to score the ball," Pueschner said, "I'm optimistic that we will find the back of the net in the coming games"

The Vikings remain at home next Friday for a match up with No. 2 Minnesota State at 3 p.m. at Morstad Field, before heading to to St. Paul, Minn. to end the regular season with a matchup with Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday at 1 p.m.