AU Women’s Soccer Team Wins Big at NAC Championship

The Aurora University women’s soccer team will represent the Northern Athletics Conference in the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championships. The Spartans received a Pool A berth after winning the NAC tournament championship for the fourth consecutive season.

The NCAA will announce the 2012 Division III Women’s Soccer Championships field at 1:30 p.m. (EST), 12:30 p.m. Aurora time.

To watch the NCAA announcement live, click here to be taken to the NCAA website.

The Spartan women’s soccer program, under the direction of Head Coach Troy Edwards, will make its ninth NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championships appearance in the last 12 seasons, seventh trip in the last eight seasons and fourth consecutive appearance.  In their previous appearances, AU is 0-8 with defeats coming in 2011 vs. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2-0), 2010 at Loras College (3-1), 2009 at University of Chicago (2-0), 2007 at University of Chicago (1-0 in overtime), 2006 at Wheaton College (2-0), 2005 at University of Chicago (4-0), 2002 against Loras College (5-1) and 2001 at Lawrence University (2-1).

AU will enter the NCAA tournament with a school record tying 19 wins and a 19-1-1 overall record. The Spartans were the Northern Athletics Conference regular season and tournament champions with a 12-0 regular season record and 2-0 in the NAC tournament.

This season, AU is led by junior defender Janee Lange, sophomore midfielder Nicole Wolfe, freshman forward Nicci Bermudes, sophomore midfielder Lisa Bajkowski and senior defender Britney Schenck.

Lange was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference, having started in 19 games for the Spartans at the important defender position in the AU defense. The AU defense has eight shutouts on the season while allowing 0.65 goals per game. Wolfe leads the AU offense with 17 goals, eight being game-winning goals and one assist; Bermudes has 14 goals, six being game-winning goals and seven assists; Bajkowski has four goals, one game-winning goal and four assists; and Schenck teams with Lange and the Spartan defense with eight shutouts and a 0.65 goals-against average while also picking up two goals and two assists.