Transylvania Picked to Repeat as HCAC Men’s Soccer Champion

GREENWOOD, IN – Transylvania University’s men’s soccer team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2011 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Pioneers received seven first-place votes and 94 total points in a poll of the conference’s ten head coaches.

Anderson will look to dethrone the defending champs and capture the school’s first men’s soccer title since 2004, as the Ravens totaled 82 points and two first place votes.  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed third in the poll with 77 points.  Franklin College finished fourth with 68 points and was followed by Earlham College (66 points, one first place vote), Manchester College (51), College of Mount St. Joseph (31), Defiance College (30), Hanover College (30), and Bluffton University (21).

Transylvania is coming off a 16-3-2 record in 2010.  The Pioneers claimed their sixth HCAC title last fall with an 8-0-1 record, and defeated Anderson in the conference tournament final 2-0.  Transy fell in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, dropping a 3-1 decision to Lynchburg.  Transylvania led the HCAC in goals (48) and goals allowed (19) last season.

The Pioneers return a pair of First-Team All-HCAC selections from their 2010 team, but graduated the conference’s Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players.  Senior midfielder Peter Mikhail (Park Hills, Ky./Covington Catholic) and sophomore midfielder Kyle Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) will look to pace the Pioneers after losing Brian Williams and Zach Lange.  Smith, the HCAC Co-Freshman of the Year, ranked second on the squad with six goals and four assists last fall, while Mikhail added four goals and an assist.

Anderson will try and capture a conference title for the first time since 2004.  The Ravens finished second in the conference race last fall with a 6-1-2 record (9-6-6 overall) and fell to Transy in the HCAC tournament title.  AU returns four First-Team All-HCAC members from last year’s squad, including Co-Freshman of the Year Austin Howard (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee).  Howard, a sophomore goalkeeper for the Ravens, led the HCAC in goals against average (0.63), save percentage (.868), and shutouts (6) as a freshman.  Offensively, senior Austin Fridley (Anderson, Ind./Highland) returns after leading the squad with 13 points scored last season (2 goals & 9 assists).

Rose-Hulman has been selected to finish third after a fifth place finish in 2010.  The Engineers finished the season 8-7-4 overall and 5-2-2 in league play.  Senior forward Clint Vatterrodt (Bloomington, Ill./University) is the lone returning First-Team All-HCAC member from a year ago.  The senior led the HCAC with 25 points scored as a junior and ranked second in the league with 10 goals.

The 2011 men’s soccer season is set to begin on September 1.

Players to Watch

 

Anderson

Matt Young

Senior

Midfield

Westerville, Ohio/DeSales

 
 
 

Austin Fridley

Senior

Midfield

Anderson, Ind./Highland

 
 

Stephen Brown

Senior

Defender

Richmond, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Matt Robinson

Senior

Defender

McHenry, Ill./H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bluffton

Dan Saville

Senior

Goalkeeper

Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic

 
 
 

Seth Hertenstein

Senior

Midfield

St. Marys, Ohio/Memorial

 
 

Kelly Barnes

Senior

Defender

Toledo, Ohio/Christian

 
 

Kevin Williams

Senior

Midfield

Pandora, Ohio/Pandora-Gilboa

 
 
 

Defiance

Kevin Elson

Senior

Defender

Wauseon, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 

Joe Loftis

Senior

Midfield

Armada, Mich./H.S.

 
 

Jaiden Henderson

Sophomore

Forward

Union, Ohio/Northmont

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Earlham

Ameer Yusuf

Sophomore

Forward

Ramallah, Palestine/Friends

 
 
 

Mike Carroll

Junior

Midfield

Fairfax, Va./Oldham Co.

 
 

Frank Mbaya

Sophomore

Midfield

Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Franklin

Craig Wood

Senior

Forward

Fishers, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 

Drew Ferguson

Junior

Defender

Louisville, Ky./Whitefield Academy

 
 

Lucas Hill

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Culver, Ind./Plymouth

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hanover

Jake Stawick

Senior

Forward

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North

 

 

Kyle Bohnert

Senior

Midfield

Louisville, Ky./Trinity

 

Carson Reynolds

Sophomore

Defender

Versailles, Ky./Woodford Co.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Manchester

Corey Brueggeman

Senior

Midfield

Loveland, Ohio/Little Miami

 

 

Cody Freels

Junior

Defender

Auburn, Ind./DeKalb

 

Dian Radev

Junior

Forward

Burgas, Bulgaria/Vasil Levski

 

Grant Noakes

Junior

Goalkeeper

LaPorte, Ind./H.S.

 

 
 
 
 

The Mount

James Hice

Junior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder

 

 

Timothy Pope

Senior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder

 

Christopher Corbett

Sophomore

Forward

Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder

 

Lee Rogers

Junior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Mariemont

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Rose-Hulman

Clint Vatterrodt

Senior

Forward

Bloomington, Ill./University

 

 

Tim Hollingshead

Senior

Midfield

St. Peters, Mo./Lutheran

 

 

Adam Carlson

Junior

Forward

Brownsburg, Ind./H.S.

 

 

Mike Schiff

Sophomore

Defender

Martinsville, Ind./Mooresville

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Transylvania

Tony Spero

Senior

Midfield

Lexington, Ky./Dunbar

 

 

Kyle Smith

Sophomore

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle

 

Peter Mikhail

Senior

Midfield

Park Hills, Ky./Covington Catholic

 

 
 
 
 
 
 











 

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