Augustana Soccer Camps
Brandon Barkus | Camp Director / Head Coach
Brandon Barkus has been the Head Soccer Coach at Augustana since 2006, compiling a record of 139-94-27, five NCAA tournament appearances and one NSIC tournament championship.
2018 proved to be another banner year for Augustana soccer, advancing to the programs fourth NCAA tournament in the last five seasons. Barkus not only led the Vikings to thier sixth consecutive double-digit win total, but also racked up 12 NSIC wins. For the first time in program history, Barkus also saw one of his student-athletes earn All-America honors as Rebekah Thoresen was named 2018 D2CCA All-American second team.
In 2017, Barkus’ club made its fourth NCAA tournament in program history and advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the second time in school history and finished the season with a record of 14-4-5 (11-1-3 NSIC). The Vikings went on to break the school single season shutout record with 14 shutouts and made its third consecutive NSIC tournament final, finishing as runner-ups for the second straight season.
Barkus tutored seven All-NSIC selections, one CCA All-Region honoree, five NSIC Players of the Week and four NSIC All-Tournament performers. Academically, the Vikings had their second and third CoSIDA Academic All-District recipients (Hannah Keirstead and Courtney Almendinger) and Keirstead became the first Viking soccer student-athlete to win the distinction twice.
Barkus’ 2017 senior class will leave Augustana as one of the most prolific classes in school history with a four-year record of 60-18-9 and three trips to the NCAA tournament. Goalkeeper Taylor Machacek finished her Viking career as the school record holder in wins (45), shutouts (31.2), goalie games played (68), goalie games started (65) and goalie minutes played (6,191). Forward Samantha Tymkowicz finished her Viking career as the school record holder in game winning goals (16), shots attempted (248) and games played (85) and is second on the career list in goals (36) and points (81).
In 2016, the Vikings finished the season 13-5-3 (10-2-3 NSIC) finishing fourth in the NSIC standings and concluding their season in the NSIC Tournament title match.
Offensively, during the 2016 season Augustana scored the fifth most goals (38) in a single season in school history. Defensively, the Vikings produced the fourth best goalie save percentage (.849) and shutouts (6) in a single season and the fifth lowest goals against avg. (1.00).
Barkus had seven student-athletes earn All-NSIC recognition in 2016. He had one first teamer, two on the second team, three on the third team and one earn honorable mention. Barkus also had two student-athletes earn three NSIC Player of the Week honors.
The Vikings had four student-athletes named to the NSIC All-Tournament team. Augustana advanced to the NSIC Tournament title match for the second consecutive season after defeating No. 5 seed Minnesota Duluth in the quarterfinals and the No. 1 seed Minot State in the semis. The Vikings fell to No. 2 seed Minnesota State in the finals. Augustana was the No. 4 seed in the tournament.
In 2016, Hannah Keirstead was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 team which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Keirstead became the first Augustana soccer student-athlete to receive the honor.
For the first time in program history Augustana was selected as preseason favorites in the NSIC and goalkeeper Taylor Machacek was tabbed as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The Vikings also achieved their first ever preseason ranking starting the season off as No. 17 in the NSCAA Top-25 Poll.
The 2015 season was one to remember for Barkus as he led Augustana to their first ever NSIC Championship by defeating Winona State 1-0 on Nov. 8. The victory earned the Vikings their second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth where Barkus earned his first ever NCAA tournament win by defeating Harding University 2-1 on Nov. 13. The win over Harding was also Barkus’ 100th career victory.
In 2015, Barkus guided his soccer program to their best finish in school history with a 19-3-1 overall record and a 13-1-1 record in the NSIC. The Vikings 19 wins bettered their previous mark by five wins which was set the season before.
The program that Barkus has built was on full display in 2015 where the Vikings took home a program best, 35 individual awards. Barkus helped land seven members onto the All-NSIC team (five first teamers and two third teamers), four on the NSIC All-Tournament team, 14 earned Academic All-NSIC and the Vikings had two NSIC Player of the Week honors.
The awards continued for Barkus’ team as Taylor Machacek earned the programs first NSIC Tournament MVP Award. At a regional level Barkus’ helped land five athletes on the NSCA DII All-Central Region team (three first team members, a second team and third team member). Sam Tymkowicz and Lauren Brownrigg are the first Vikings to earn CCA DII All-Centeral Region honors.
Records fell in 2015 under Barkus as well: Game winning goals (9, Tymkowicz), assists (7, Stevens), wins (19, Machacek) and shutouts (11, Machacek).
In 2014, Barkus guided the Augustana to its highest levels in program history, resulting in taking home NSIC Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career.
The Vikings posted a record of 14-6 in 2014, the 14 wins were a new program record for most wins in a single season. Augustana used a high-scoring and exciting style of play en route to making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The 14 wins in 2014 gave the program its first back-to-back seasons of at least 10 wins, and allowed for the team to earn its first-ever appearance in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25.
Augustana pushed itself to elite-level status in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a record of 12-3 in conference play, resulting in a second-place finish, the best the team has ever had since joining the league back in 2008. The Vikings also hosted their first postseason match Morstad against Minnesota Duluth in the quarterfinal of the NSIC Tournament, a 1-0 loss.
Home-field advantage became a real weapon for Augustana as the Vikings posted an 8-1 record at Morstad Field in 2014, setting new school records for wins (eight) and winning percentage (.888) at home in a single season.
On offense, Augustana’s high-scoring ways were evident throughout the course of the year. The Vikings ranked in the top five in points (second, 109), goals (second, 40) and assists (fifth, 29) in the NSIC. The 40 goals were the second most in team history, trailing only the 42 by the 2003 team. Augustana’s 109 points in 2014 were just four shy of the program record of 113 set by the 2013 team.
For a second straight year, Barkus had two players earn All-NSIC first team honors in Stephanie Stevens and Payton Pry. The duo also became the first two players in team history to be named to the NSCAA All-Central Region teams, with Stevens earning first team honors and Pry third team.
Both players were a part of six Vikings to earn All-NSIC recognition for their stellar seasons, joining Ashley Limmer (second team), Samantha Arnold (second team), Emily Hanneman (second team), and Annie Thoresen (honorable mention). Arnold was also recognized for her terrific season under the leadership of Barkus, being named NSIC Newcomer of the Year.