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2011-12 Men's Soccer Releases

April 13, 2012
Men's Soccer There as Ground Broken for Athletic Fields
Sunny weather warmed a crowd of several hundred individuals who gathered on Friday afternoon for the new Pacific Lutheran University athletic fields groundbreaking ceremony.

March 9, 2012
Grossberg Earns Academic Honors...Again
Pacific Lutheran senior soccer player Aaron Grossberg was acknowledged as an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship recipient this week for his outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom.

December 14, 2011
Senior Trio Earn Regional Recognition
The three-headed offensive monster of Spencer Augustin, Chad Kearns, and Surafel Wodajo led the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team and earned NSCAA Far-West Region honors.

December 6, 2011
Augustin and Wodajo Highlight Powerful Lute Offense
With the NCAA Division III men's soccer national tournament concluded, the final national statistics have been released. The Lutes, both individually and as a team, have placed themselves among the country's best in the offensive categories.

November 30, 2011
Grossberg, Augustin Earn Academic All-America Honors
Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer teams Aaron Grossberg and Spencer Augustin have been given top academic honors as they have been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men's Soccer Teams.

November 29, 2011
Lute Midfielder Part of American Samoa Soccer History
Freshman midfielder Justin Manao has taken the ultimate step in his soccer career, playing in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches for his native American Samoa.

November 15, 2011
Lutes Wrap Up Historic Season, Focus On Repeat Next Year
As the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team calls 2011 quits, a look back at this season reveals how historic and special it truly was for the Lutes.

November 12, 2011
Redlands Ends PLU Men's Soccer Season
REDLANDS, Calif. - Redlands showed why it has one of the top offensive teams in NCAA Division III men's soccer on Saturday, beating Pacific Lutheran, 4-1, in an opening round match of the national tournament at Farquhar Field.

November 10, 2011
Lutes Place Remarkable Number On NWC Teams
In the newly released All-Northwest Conference list, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team placed an astounding 11 players on the three teams. Spencer Augustin led the Lutes, earning top offensive honors, as well.

November 8, 2011
Lutes Look To Continue Historic Season In So Cal
After a historic season which saw the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team make it's first NCAA Division III national tournament, the Lutes will face a tough test right off the bat against the University of Redlands on Saturday.

November 7, 2011
Lutes to Face Redlands in NCAA Tournament Opener
Pacific Lutheran will travel to Southern California this week to face the University of Redlands at 5 p.m. Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship tournament.

November 5, 2011
PLU Can't Find a Way Past Puget Sound, Loses 1-0
Pacific Lutheran's prolific offense couldn't find a way to get past the Puget Sound defense led by goalkeeper Chris McDonald, and as a result the Lutes were shut out for the first time this year in a 1-0 Northwest Conference men's soccer loss on Saturday afternoon.

November 4, 2011
Lutes Earn Academic All-District Men's Soccer Honors
A great year on the field for the Pacific Lutheran men's soccer team has been complemented by the selection of four Lutes for their success in the classroom.

November 2, 2011
Kearns, Noll Earn NWC Weekly Honors
Senior forward Chad Kearns and junior defender Greg Noll earned this week's Northwest Conference Offensive and Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week Awards.

November 1, 2011
Lutes Face Last Hurdle Before NCAA Tourney
Before the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team can depart for the NCAA Division III National Tournament, it must face one final test in the form of it's arch rivals, the University of Puget Sound Loggers.

October 30, 2011
Men's Soccer Punches Ticket to NCAA Postseason
NEWBERG, Ore. - Pacific Lutheran punched its ticket to the NCAA Division III men's soccer postseason tournament and also assured itself of at least a share of the Northwest Conference title on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the host George Fox Bruins.

October 28, 2011
PLU Men's Soccer Moves One Step Closer to NWC Title
FOREST GROVE – Chad Kearns scored two goals and added an assist Friday night, leading a goal-scoring clinic by Pacific Lutheran in a 6-0 shutout of Pacific in Northwest Conference men’s soccer action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

October 27, 2011
Augustin Earns Third Player of the Week Award
For the third time this season, Pacific Lutheran forward Spencer Augustin has earned Northwest Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week recognition.

October 25, 2011
Lutes Look To Continue Success, Visit Oregon For Important Trip
With just three matches remaining for the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team, a difficult road trip to Oregon lays ahead as the Lutes will play Pacific University (Ore.) and George Fox University.

October 23, 2011
Lutes Have Their Way With Linfield in 8-0 Rout
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – From start to finish, Spencer Augustin and the 19th-ranked Pacific Lutheran men’s soccer team had their way with Linfield, soundly defeating the Wildcats 8-0 Sunday afternoon at the Linfield soccer field.

October 22, 2011
Record Day for Poised PLU in Win at Willamette
SALEM, Ore. - Leaning heavily on the poise and experience of its veteran players, Pacific Lutheran kept its lead in the Northwest Conference men's soccer standings with a second half rally that led to a 2-1 victory over Willamette on Saturday afternoon.

October 19, 2011
Noll Earns Conference Honor
Defender Greg Noll was honored Tuesday by the Northwest Conference as the Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for his stellar work in leading the Lutes defensively to victories this past weekend.

October 18, 2011
Lutes Take First Trip South For Hard NWC Matchups
With two more enormous wins under its belt, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team travels to Oregon to take on the Willamette University Bearcats and the Linfield College Wildcats in two tough Northwest Conference matches.

October 16, 2011
PLU Rallies For Victory, Stays Atop NWC Table
Pacific Lutheran retained its one-game lead in the Northwest Conference men's soccer standings on Sunday, rallying from a deficit to take a 2-1 win over the visiting Whitman Missionaries.

October 15, 2011
Augustin and 90 Minutes of Defense = First Place
Spencer Augustin scored his 12th goal of the season and Pacific Lutheran played scrappy defense for 90 minutes as the Lutes took sole possession of first place in Northwest Conference men's soccer with a 1-0 win Saturday over visiting Whitworth.

October 12, 2011
Back-To-Back Honors For Augustin
For the second consecutive week, senior forward Spencer Augustin has been named Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for his work on the men's soccer team.

October 11, 2011
Lutes Prepare For Toughest Tests In Weekend Showdowns
Halfway through the conference schedule, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team must prepare to face their toughest home tests thus far when Whitworth University and Whitman College visit PLU.

October 8, 2011
Big Wins as Men's Soccer Chops Down Loggers, 4-2
TACOMA - Pacific Lutheran made it five Northwest Conference victories in a row on Saturday and held on to at least a share of the league lead with a 4-2 victory over the host Puget Sound Loggers at Peyton Field.

October 4, 2011
Cross Town Rivals Clash For Conference Lead
With a hard-earned six points from George Fox and Pacific, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team prepares for an epic showdown with Tacoma rivals, the University of Puget Sound Loggers. Both teams are 5-1 in Northwest Conference play so far in 2011.

October 2, 2011
Lutes Give Boxers the Rainy Day Blues
Spencer Augustin scored his ninth goal of the season in overtime and Surafel Wodajo set a Pacific Lutheran men's soccer career record with his 31st assist as the Lutes defeated the Pacific Boxers, 2-1, in a Northwest Conference match played Sunday afternoon at the PLU field.

October 1, 2011
Two More Goals for Augustin in 5-2 Men's Soccer Win
Spencer Augustin tallied a pair of goals Saturday afternoon to lead the Pacific Lutheran men's soccer team to a 5-2 Northwest Conference triumph over the visiting George Fox Bruins on the PLU field.

September 29, 2011
Rayburn Recognized By Northwest Conference
Sophomore Joe Rayburn has been named Northwest Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for his efforts against Whitman College and Whitworth University.

September 27, 2011
Coming Off Huge Weekend, Lutes Ready For Revenge
After sweeping it's trip of Eastern Washington, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team faces two teams that have kept the Lutes from postseason play in the last couple years. George Fox University and Pacific (Ore.) University visit PLU this weekend as the Lutes try to keep first place.

September 25, 2011
Men's Soccer Moves Into First Place Tie Atop NWC
SPOKANE - Spencer Augustin scored the game's only goal in the 12th minute and goalkeeper Joe Rayburn came up with some big saves as Pacific Lutheran defeated Whitworth, 1-0, in a Northwest Conference men's soccer match played here Sunday afternoon.

September 24, 2011
Augustin's Overtime Goal Nets Men's Soccer Victory
WALLA WALLA - Trailing 2-0 at halftime, Pacific Lutheran put together a second half rally before beating host Whitman, 3-2 in overtime, in Northwest Conference men's soccer action Saturday afternoon at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

September 20, 2011
First NWC Road Trip Carries Long Travel, Tough Teams
In the longest and most difficult trip of the 2011 season, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team will head east of the Cascades to take on Whitman College and Whitworth University.

September 18, 2011
Bearcats Surprise Lutes in Men's Soccer
Taking advantage of an early goal that came on a direct free kick, the visiting Willamette Bearcats stunned Pacific Lutheran, 2-1, in a Northwest Conference men's soccer match played Sunday afternoon at the PLU field.

September 17, 2011
Kearns Nets Hat Trick in Men's Soccer Victory
Senior forward Chad Kearns scored a hat trick on Saturday afternoon to lead the host Pacific Lutheran Lutes to a 4-0 victory over the visiting Linfield College Wildcats in a Northwest Conference men's soccer match played at the PLU field.

September 13, 2011
Lutes Open Northwest Conference Play At Home
After starting 3-1 in non-conference preseason play, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team begins Northwest Conference competition at home this weekend. The Lutes host Linfield College and Willamette University to open the schedule.

September 9, 2011
Lutes Lose Two-Goal Lead and Match to Montclair State
Montclair State rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit, scoring three goals in the final 45 minutes to defeat Pacific Lutheran, 3-2, in a non-conference men's soccer match played Friday at the PLU field.

September 8, 2011
St. Thomas Match Cancelled
Pacific Lutheran will not play St. Thomas University in men's soccer on Saturday afternoon as originally scheduled. The match has been canceled.

September 7, 2011
Lutes Kick Off Season With Impressive Wins, Prepare For Next Tests
After a spectacular non-conference trip to Wisconsin this past weekend, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team will host two more tough opponents this Friday and Saturday.

September 5, 2011
Successful Midwest Trip Ends With 7-1 Victory
WAUKESHA, Wis. - Pacific Lutheran put an emphatic finish on a successful season-opening trip to Wisconsin, thumping St. Norbert by a 7-1 score in a non-conference men's soccer match played Monday afternoon at Carroll University.

September 4, 2011
Another Wisconsin Win for Men's Soccer Team
WAUKESHA, Wis. - Chad Kearns and Surafel Wodajo, who a year ago were the Northwest Conference leaders in goals and assists, respectively, were up to their old tricks Sunday afternoon in leading Pacific Lutheran past Carroll, 2-0, in a non-conference men's soccer match.

September 2, 2011
McCallum's OT Goal Lifts Lutes Past No. 13 Whitewater
WHITEWATER, Wis. - Lucas McCallum scored the winning goal 37 seconds into the first overtime period as Pacific Lutheran upset No. 13-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2-1, in the men's soccer season opener for both teams played here Friday night.

September 1, 2011
Offensive Firepower Highlights PLU Men's Soccer Hopes
With the 2011 season fast approaching, the Pacific Lutheran University men’s soccer team prepares to bring an offensive arsenal not seen at the school for several years.

August 17, 2011
Men's Soccer Favored To Win NWC
In the newly released 2011 NWC Men's Soccer Coaches' Pre-Season Poll, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team was picked to win the conference crown.

June 28, 2011
Men's Soccer Schedule Released
The Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team will open it's 2011 campaign on the road in a four-day non-conference trip to Wisconsin.