Navarre earns 100th career victory as Augsburg tops Bethel
MINNEAPOLIS -- Augsburg College women's soccer head coach Mike Navarre earned his 100th career victory on Tuesday evening, as the Auggies scored a 1-0 win over visiting Bethel University in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest at Edor Nelson Field.
In his 13th season, Navarre has the most victories of any Augsburg women's soccer coach in the 27-season history of the program, with a 100-89-31 career record. He currently stands third among active MIAC women's soccer coaches in career wins.
"I was not intending to comment on the 100 mark, but the fact that the players gave me a water cooler shower was really touching. I was not expecting it to be a big deal, so their recognition of the accomplishment meant a lot. After all, its really an accomplishment for all the players I've had the pleasure of coaching at Augsburg," Navarre said.
Bri Clark (JR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) provided the goal to help Navarre reach the century mark in wins, as she completed a scoring play from Olivia Muyres (FY, Rochester, Minn./Lourdes HS) and Bri Dorale (JR, Ramsey, Minn./Anoka HS) with a shot from the center of the box in the 57th minute.
Clark now has a team-high four goals on the year, and Muyres now has at least a goal or an assist in each of Augsburg's five games so far this season.
"Bri Clark and Olivia Muyres continue to be a solid duo up front, and their work rate helps set a tone for us collectively," Navarre said.
Meanwhile, Augsburg goalkeeper Katie Gajewski (SO, Wausau, Wis./Wausau East HS) collected her third shutout of the season, and sixth in her 14 career starts as an Auggie, with a six-save effort.
After being outshot by a 7-2 margin by an aggressive Augsburg (3-2-0 overall, 1-0-0 MIAC) squad in the first half, Bethel (4-1-1 overall, 0-1-0 MIAC) outshot the Auggies by a 12-5 margin in the second half, en route to a 14-12 advantage in the game.
But Augsburg's defense -- starters Alekzandra Miller (SO, St. Paul, Minn./Highland Park HS), Lindsey Niederhaus (SR, Ramsey, Minn./Anoka HS), Devon Ellena (JR, Wales, Wis./Kettle Moraine HS) and Brooke Vroman (FY, Cottage Grove, Minn./Park HS), along with reserve Olivia Faison (SO, Minneapolis, Minn./South HS) -- held firm against the Bethel attack, protecting Gajewski's net and allowing just five shots on-goal in the second half.
"A great way to start the conference season," Navarre said. "I knew it was going to be a tough game, as Bethel is a strong team. Bethel's goalie made some huge saves in the first half and Bethel really picked it up in the second half. Fortunately, we were able to get a goal against the run of play in the second half and stay solid defensively to secure the victory."
Clark had five shots in the game for the Auggies, while Miller had two shots. For Bethel, Carrie Kishaba (SR, Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial HS) and Anne Fazio (JR, Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) had four shots each, and goalkeeper Alyssa Riggs (SR, Columbia Heights, Minn.) had seven saves.
Augsburg returns to MIAC play on Saturday (10/17) at 7 p.m., hosting Macalester at Edor Nelson Field.
"Now we have to get ready for Macalester. We have had a number of classic games with Macalester and I expect another great one on Saturday," Navarre said.