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January 18, 2010

2009 Season - Scott Wallner named MVP for men's soccer

Senior midfielder Scott Wallner (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) was selected as the Most Valuable Player for the 2009 Augustana men’s soccer team, it was announced on Sunday, January 18. Wallner, a four year regular and a two time all-conference performer in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin, finished the 2009 campaign with three goals and two assists for a total of eight points. He had three game-winning goals this year and was named to the first team academic all-district team by ESPN – The Magazine, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He was also tabbed as the Vikings “Best Offensive Player”. Wallner was also named to the NCAA Division III All-Central Regional team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Senior Alex Rathe (Lake Zurich HS, Deer Park, Ill.) was voted the team’s “Best Defensive Player” after he helped spearhead a defense that held opponents to an average of 1.40 (28 goals in 19 games). The Vikings recorded four shutouts during the 2009 season.

Freshman Jason Beckus (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) won the “Newcomer of the Year” honor after he played in 17 games and recorded one goal.

The Viking Award for spirit and determination went to senior Eric Love (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) .

Augustana finished the year with a 6-10-3 overall record and placed fourth in the CCIW. The Vikings also pulled off a historic first in the program’s history when they defeated Wheaton on October 7 by a score of 1-0. It was the first time the Vikings had ever won a game against Wheaton on the Thunder’s home field.

2009 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS MEN’S SOCCER LETTERWINNERS

NO

NAME

POS

HT

YR

HOMETOWN

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Mike Dolan**** (C)

GK

5-10

Sr

Libertyville, Illinois

Libertyville

2

John Linden**

M

5-11

Sr

Libertyville, Illinois

Libertyville

3

Jason Beckus*

B

5-11

Fr

Naperville, Illinois

Neuqua Valley

4

Cory DeGrave*

D

5-9

So

Palatine, Illinois

Fremd

5

Jonathan Woo*

F

5-6

Sr

Park Ridge, Illinois

Maine South

6

Sean O’Malley**

M

6-0

Jr

Bloomington, Illinois

University

8

Eric Love**** (C)

D

6-0

Sr

Arlington Heights, Illinois

Buffalo Grove

10

Anthony Adeniran*

F

5-9

Jr

Ogbomoso, Nigeria

Loyola Jesuit

11

Alex Rathe****

D

5-10

Sr

Deer Park, Illinois

Lake Zurich

12

Dave Shrigley***

F

5-11

Sr

Wheaton, Illinois

Wheaton Warrenville South

15

Nikolas Galounis**

F

5-10

Sr

New Lenox, Illinois

Lincoln Way Central

16

Kevin Wyrostek*

M

5-11

Fr

Naperville, Illinois

Naperville North

17

Alex Bennett**

M

5-9

Jr

Mokena, Illinois

Lincoln Way East

18

Andrew Stanley****

M

5-10

Sr

Roscoe, Illinois

Harlem

19

Sean Fidlow*

M

5-9

So

Gurnee, Illinois

Carmel Catholic

20

Scott Wallner****

M

5-10

Sr

Arlington Heights, Illinois

Buffalo Grove

22

Brett Bleecher**

D

6-0

So

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Marist

24

Brennan Doherty*

D

5-7

So

McHenry, Illinois

Marian Central Catholic

34

Nick Wolfe*

M

5-7

Fr

Naperville, Illinois

Neuqua Valley

 

HEAD COACH: Brenton Joseph

ASSISTANT COACH: Brad Becker