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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 Pacific Lutheran University Lutes, both individually and as a team, have placed themselves among the country's best in the offensive categories.  Spencer Augustin and Surafel Wodajo have both finished in the cream of the crop nationally in different areas.  

Augustin, the 2011 Northwest Conference Offensive MVP and Capital One Academic All-District VIII Second Team honoree, capped off an illustrious career as a Lute by finishing seventh in points per game (2.42; 46 in 19 games).  He also placed 11th in total points (46), eighth in goals per game (1.00), and ninth in total goals (19).  In addition to placing himself among the national leaders this season, Augustin set several career marks at PLU.   With his 19 goals, he tied for second in single-season goals behind Mark Stockwell's 21 goals set in 1981.  Augustin also placed seventh in single-season assists (8) and sixth in game-winning goals (4).  Augustin ended up finishing fifth in career goals (35), sixth in career assists (18), and fifth in career points (88) and game-winning goals (7).

As one of the most potent and skillful midfielders to ever play in the Lute men's soccer program, Surafel Wodajo truly illustrated his mastery on the ball this season, tallying up the assists in virtually every match.  Wodajo ended the 2011 campaign second in all of DIII in assists per game (0.84) and third in total assists (16).  As for the PLU record books, Surafel finishes as the leader in career assists (37) and single-season assists (16-2011).  Wodajo also finishes his storied career by placing ninth in career points (67).  

Of over 400 DIII member institutions, Pacific Lutheran ranked at the top of the 2011 class in several offensive categories.  The Lutes finished 16th nationally in scoring offense, averaging 2.95 points per game.  Scoring 56 goals on the season, the Lutes tied for 25th in total goals as a team, and 24th in total assists (44).  Finishing the season at 15-4, the Lutes were 27th in winning percentage (.789).  

The 56 goals scored this season broke the previous PLU single-season scoring record and tallied the most goals a NWC team has scored since the 2005 Whitworth Pirates scored 68 en route to a Final Four appearance in the NCAA Division III national tournament.  The Lutes also had the three top point-earners in the conference (Augustin-46; Chad Kearns-33; Wodajo-24), three of the top five scorers, and the top assist earner.  The Lutes had six games where they won by three or more goals, including a 6-0 away victory to 2010 NWC champion, Pacific (Ore.) University. 

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