SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana soccer staff returns dwelling to Kirkeby-Over Stadium Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff with MSU Moorhead. The No. 21-ranked Vikings within the D2Football.com High-25 personal the nation’s fifth-longest dwelling successful streak at seven video games.
At halftime of the competition, the 2020 Augustana Corridor of Fame Class can be launched to the group. The evening earlier than, the category, delayed by a yr, will formally be inducted into the Augustana Athletics Corridor of Fame.
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Augustana is 2-0 on the yr whereas MSU Moorhead is 1-1. Augustana is certainly one of 4 NSIC colleges holding an unblemished document in 2021 whereas the Dragons are certainly one of seven colleges with a good 1-1 document. It is only a quick sequence between the 2 colleges, totaling six contests. Augustana holds the sting at 4-2, nevertheless it has been MSUM that has gained two of the final three.
Augustana gained the final assembly 48-3 on Oct. 19, 2019.
Concerning the Dragons
MSU Moorhead enters Saturday with a 1-1 document, having topped Southwest Minnesota State 33-21 and fallen to Winona State 27-13. Within the Preseason NSIC Coaches’ Ballot, the Dragons had been tabbed fourth within the NSIC North Division and ninth total.
Freshman quarterback Tommy Falk has had a quick begin to his profession as he ranks fourth within the nation with 28 completions per sport and sixth within the nation with 678 complete passing yards. His 339 yards per sport common ranks him eighth in NCAA Division II. His high goal? Ryan Bieberdorf who’s fifth within the nation with 259 receiving yards whereas Grady Bresnahan is eighth with 247 yards receiving.
Defensively, the Dragons surrender 320.5 yards per outing over the 2 video games performed as Jared Kallenbach leads the staff with 18 tackles and an interception.
Concerning the Vikings
Augustana is 2-0 for the primary time since 2016 and returns dwelling to Kirkeby-Over Stadium, a stadium they have not misplaced a sport in since 2018. The offense has been clicking on all cylinders, led by a speeding assault that ranks 14th within the nation with 240.5 yards per sport. The protection has been equally spectacular, posting a shutout and ranks 10th in NCAA Division II by giving up simply 41.5 yards per sport speeding.
That speeding assault is led by Jarod Epperson and his 112-yards per sport common however he’s additionally a dual-threat with 164 all-purpose yards per outing. That ranks him 18th within the nation in all-purpose yards. The Preseason NSIC South Division Participant of the 12 months, Kyle Saddler, has thrown an environment friendly 244.5 yards per sport and 4 touchdowns whereas finishing 56 % of his passes. His high receiver? That is First Workforce All-South Division choice Sean Engel. He averages 82 yards perceiving per sport whereas catching eight passes over the 2 contests.
The protection as an entire has been robust, not giving up yards. Individually, Peyton Buckley leads the best way with 12 tackles, eight solo and 4 assisted, whereas T.J. Liggett has tallied 11 tackles. The duo has been credited with two move breakups, every. On the line of defense, Logan Swanson continues to impress with 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks for 10 yards.
Who to Watch For
In an space the place we usually spotlight a person, it’s going to be six people and a staff to observe for. At halftime, the 2020 Augustana Athletics Corridor of Fame Class can be launched. Augustana’s Corridor of Fame banquet was postponed from 2020, making it the Class of 2020 in 2021. Full Corridor of Fame info might be discovered by clicking here.
One Final Factor
Augustana owns the longest successful streak within the NSIC for convention video games with eight-straight wins. The Vikings final fell in a convention sport on Oct. 5, 2019, at Bemidji State. Since then, AU has reeled off eight-straight wins by a mean margin of 21.4 factors per sport.
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