Summit League men’s soccer 2014 season preview
August 1st, 2014
Omaha, NE – 2013 was a pretty cut and dried men’s soccer season. Once the conference season got underway, the University of Denver got rolling and no Summit League opponent could stop them. They allowed only one goal in six conference games on their way to a 13-3-4 overall record. Denver’s dominance was so apparent that the Pioneers placed 8-out-of-11 players on the first team all-conference squad. But 2014 is a brand new year. What does this season hold for Summit League squads?
University of Denver
Home: University of Denver Soccer Stadium, Denver, Colo.
Head Coach: Bobby Muuss, 8th season at Denver
2013 Recap: 13-3-4 overall record, 6-0 in conference record, 1st in Summit
At First Glance: UD Ran away with the Summit League regular season title, won conference tournament title.
A Deeper Look: Went 1-3-2 to open the year, finished with a stellar 12-0-2. The Pioneers won the most games by a UD team since 2006.
Numbers Don’t Lie: Zach Bolden led Summit in goals (10), assists (9), points (29) and game winning goals (6)
2014 Outlook: UD loses four 1st team all-Summit League performers, including Defender of the Year in the Summit, Theodor Remman. They have a strong senior class and should push for a second consecutive Summit League regular season title.
Notables: Reigning Goalkeeper of the Year senior Oliver Brown and 1st team all-Summit leaguers: senior midfielders Reid Hukari and Taylor Hunter as well as junior midfielder Jordan Schweitzer
Oral Roberts University[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/oru-coach-bush.mp3]
Home: Case Soccer Complex, Tulsa, Okla.
Head Coach: Ryan Bush, 2nd Season as head coach for men’s team at ORU, was HC for women’s team at ORU from 2008-2012
2013 Recap: 6-8-4 overall, 3-2-1 conference record, 2nd in Summit
At First Glance: Lost to WIU in opening game in the conference tournament after finishing in 2nd place int eh regular season.
A Deeper Look: Led #15 Saint Louis 1-0 at half, before losing 3-1, Beat UNO 2-1 in Omaha
Numbers Don’t Lie: Led the Summit League in corner kicks (99), 2nd to last in shots taken (181)
2014 Outlook: Play Denver in Denver, Colo. and WIU in Macomb, Ill. The Golden Eagles lose 2nd team all- Summit forward Marco Hernandez.
Notables: ORU returns two strong senior defenders: All-Summit 2nd teamer Trevor Laffoon and Wayne Farmer, who placed on the Summit league all-newcomer squad.
Western Illinois University[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/WIU-HARPER.mp3]
Home: John MacKenzie Alumni Field, Macomb, Ill.
Head Coach: Dr. Eric Johnson, 18th season
2013 Recap: 6-13 overall, 3-3 conference record, Tied for 3rd in the Summit
At First Glance: WIU lost 7 straight games at start of year – finished in 4th Place in the Summit League
A Deeper Look: WIU lost seven players to injury. They played #18 Wisconsin to a 0-1 loss, beat Oral Roberts (#2 seed) in the Summit League Tournament, then lost to #1 Seed Denver in the finals on a late goal.
Numbers Don’t Lie: WIU Outscored opponents 18-10 in the second half last year. GK Yves Dietrich led Summit in saves (90)
2014 Outlook: The Leathernecks lose 1st team Summit League midfielder Husref Jupic who was 2nd in Summit in points (16) and goals (6). HC Johnson said team will be healthier than last year; this may be a difference he said.
Notables: Erick Bloom, junior defender, 2nd team all-Summit League in 2013
Diego Lopez, sophomore forward, 2nd team all-Summit League in 2013 and all-newcomer team Summit League
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: IUPUI[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/iupui-jacob.mp3]
Home: Michael A. Carroll Stadium Indianapolis, Ind.
Head Coach: Isang Jacob, 4th season.
2013 Recap: 2-15-2 overall, 2-2-2 in conference, 5th in Summit
At First Glance: IUPUI had a tough year, losing 15 games.
A Deeper Look: The Jags were plagued by injuries, with five players suffering from MCL injuries. IUPUI went 0-8-3 on the road.
Numbers Don’t Lie: Scored a League low 11 goals and 11 assists. As well as garnering a Summit league worst .049 shot percentage. However, the Jaguars also netted a league high 102 saves.
2014 Outlook: Nine freshman dot the IUPUI roster which includes only six upperclassmen. 2014 could be a learning experience for many of the newcomers, but if any make the impact GK Eduardo Cortes did last year there is no telling what can happen.
Notables: Sophomore GK Eduardo Cortes, all-Summit League 2nd team, was second in the conference in saves (84) and 3rd in shutouts (3). Junior defender Lance Davis and sophomore midfielder Cristian Soto also return to boost the Jaguars.
Eastern Illinois University[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/EIU-hansen.mp3]
Home: Lakeside Field, Charleston, Ill.
Head Coach: Mark Hansen, 6th season at EIU, 1st as Head Coach.
2013 Recap: 1-14-2 overall, 1-4-1 in conference, 6th in Summit
At First Glance: EIU struggled, losing 8-of-9 to close out the year.
A Deeper Look: Beat ORU 2-1, tied Green bay 4-4, lost to Evansville 4-5, dropped heart-breaker to University of Chicago in double overtime, 2-1.
Numbers Don’t Lie: EIU allowed 2.75 goals per game
2014 Outlook: Leading scorer and forward Garet Christianson transferred from EIU after 2013. HC Hansen said all positions are open to competition this fall, the added opposition should prove beneficial to the EIU program.
Notables: Senior midfielder Jake Brillhart and sophomore GK Ben Feltes return to give EIU much needed experience.
IPFW: Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ipfw-coach.mp3]
Home: Hefner Soccer Complex, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Head Coach: Mike Harper, 5th season at IPFW
2013 Recap: 1-15-1 overall, 1-5 in conference, 6th place in Summit
At First Glance: Fort Wayne was outmatched in many games in 2013. The Mastodons went 0-8 on the road and 0-2 at neutral sites.
A Deeper Look: Eight players Fort Wayne expected to make an impact last season were injured. Harper said this caused obvious issues with depth.
Numbers Don’t Lie: Outscored in 2nd half last year 38-8, Allowed Summit league worst 56 goals, League low 168 shots attempted.
2014 Outlook: Coach Harper calls 2014 a rebound year, he said there is a lot of work to do but, he said, there is only one direction to go: up.
Notables: 2nd team all-Summit leaguer junior and midfielder Jose Rodriquez returns, adding much needed experience to the midfield.
Home: Al F. Caniglia Field, Omaha, Neb.
Head Coach: Jason Mims, 4th year at UNO
2013 Recap: 6-9-1 overall, 3-3 in conference, tied for 3rd Summit
At First Glance: Middle of the pack summit league team finished the year with three strong wins.
A Deeper Look: Played Creighton to a 1-1 tie. Lost to Summit League champ Denver 1-0 in Colorado, lost to 2nd place ORU 2-1 in last second heartbreaker at Caniglia field opener. 2013 defense was the backbone of the team.
Numbers Don’t Lie: Led Summit in shots per game (16.3) while having a .077% shooting percentage (6th in Summit)
2014 Outlook: Coach Mims has a quiet confidence about him as UNO heads into final year of not being eligible for post-season play due to NCAA rules, after transferring to Division-I in 2011. UNO has to replace stalwart and vocal leader of the team GK Matt Grosey. Midfielder Chava Garcia transferred after last year for personal reasons.
Notables: 1st team all-Summit League senior defender Felipe da Silva and second teamers: forward sophomore Christian Garcia and sophomore midfielder Mark Moulton
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