When Racquel Augat met her future husband, Gordon, she only pretended to have an interest in soccer so she could follow the former Brighton prep star in his adult-league games.
Now, the mother of five children — all of whom started playing soccer at age 4 — has learned the rules and has a deep love and appreciation for the game.
During a match last month, Augat’s soccer world came full circle. She watched her sophomore son, Aaron, lift Herriman into a tie with Riverton, then came out of her seat as oldest son Jordan gave the Mustangs a 2-1 win with a late penalty kick.
For a brief moment, she was the happiest soccer mom on the planet.
“You can’t imagine the excitement running through my veins,” she said. “For Aaron to score his first varsity goal against Riverton and then to have Jordan score the penalty shot — it was amazing and electrifying.”
The Augat soccer odyssey actually began in the mid-1950s, when Heinz and Ute Augat met after moving to the United States from Germany. Their son Gordon played at Brighton in the early ’80s and capped his senior season in 1984 with an all-state performance.
As the original Augats acclimated to life in the United States, a love and appreciation for their native Germany could be appreciated only when the Augat clan gathered for each match the German national team played during the 2010 World Cup.
“When the World Cup comes around, everyone goes to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and we’re all running and jumping around,” said Jordan Augat.
And of course there is the lure of Grandma’s homemade spaetzle.
“Jordan and my favorite team is Bayern Munich, and my favorite player is Bastian Schweinsteiger,” said Aaron Augat.
When Herriman High School opened its doors in 2010, Gordon Augat jumped at the chance to coach his boys when Mustangs head coach Ryan Mitchell asked.
“I’ve always been around my kids’ games from the moment they started playing,” he said. “I thought it would stop in high school, but this gives me a chance to be with them on a continuous basis.”
Gordon Augat will likely have the better part of a decade to oversee his children’s soccer matches, with two more Augats yet to enter high school. Eighth-grader Kaleb has been on an Olympic development squad for several years, and he came close to making the age-group national team in 2011. Sixth-grader Hannah will be playing at the State Cup later this year.
Soccer proved to be the ultimate unifier for a family that experienced personal tragedy when their oldest daughter, Brenna, died from a brain tumor in 2006.
Brenna Augat is never far from the family’s thoughts.
“Sometimes before a game I think about her and wonder if she’s in the stands or if she’s watching or helping me,” said Jordan, who is 18 months younger than Brenna.
Jordan and Aaron Augat are part of a Herriman squad that enters Region 7 play with a 4-1-1 record and hosts Olympus on Tuesday, April 10.
All in the family
Sophomore Aaron Augat and senior Jordan Augat scored the tying and winning goals against Riverton on March 23, as the Mustangs beat the Silverwolves for the first time in school history.
Mom Racquel doesn’t mind paying the extra charges in the monthly cable bill, as the Augats subscribe to a soccer package that allows them to watch their favorite teams from around the world.
Eighth-grader Kaleb Augat once captured an elementary geography bee, as he easily moved around the globe and answered questions based on his knowledge of soccer teams in different countries.
The Augats experienced personal tragedy when their oldest child, Brenna, passed away from a brain tumor in 2006. Her story can be seen at www.brennatheangel.com.