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December 1, 2000

2000 MEN'S SOCCER REVIEW

ARIC SACKS NAMED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

AS VIKINGS FINISH 2000 WITH 11-6-3 RECORD

 

Senior defender Aric Sacks (Schaumburg HS, Schaumburg, IL) has been selected as the Most Valuable Player for the Augustana College men's soccer team during the 2000 season. Sacks, a four year regular for the Vikings of veteran head coach Bob Estabrook, was one of the mainstays on a defense that was nothing short of spectacular in the second half of the season.

 

Augustana finished the season with an 11-6-3 overall record and a 3-1-2 mark in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin, good for third place in the league. It was the sixth straight year that the Vikings won at least 10 matches and the 16th time in the last 19 seasons they have posted double digits in victories.

 

Defense was the key to the success of the 2000 Viking squad. Opponents only scored 22 goals in 20 matches and 10 of those came in the first four games of the season. In the final 16 matches, the Blue & Gold defenders only allowed 12 goals, an average of 0.75 per game.  There was a six game stretch in October where Augustana did not allow a goal as the Vikings recorded six consecutive shutouts. In all, they blanked eight opponents during the season, including Wheaton (0-0 tie), the NCAA Division III runner-up from a year ago.

 

Sacks scored just one goal on the season and he took only eight shots, but his value as a defender was obviously well thought by his teammates who selected him as the MVP. When the defense took charge just past the midway point of the season, the Vikings went 7-1-2 in the final 10 games of the year.

 

The Most Valuable Newcomer award went to freshman goalkeeper Rob Kramer (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, IL). Kramer shared the goaltending duties with sophomore Anthony Ewing (Conant HS, Schaumburg, IL) and both were tremendous. Kramer started 10 matches and had 52 saves while allowing just 11 goals and compiling a 0.91 goals-against-average. He led the CCIW in goals-against-average as he had a mark of 0.30 in league games. Ewing, the starter as a freshman, got the starting nod in 10 matches, recorded 55 saves, allowed 11 goals and had a G.A.A. of 0.97. Ewing finished fourth in the CCIW in G.A.A. at 0.57 in conference contests.

 

Sophomore Brandon Vahl (Waukegan HS, Lindenhurst, IL) was tabbed as the Best Offensive Player. Vahl was third on the team in scoring with four goals and four assists for 12 points.

 

When the all-conference team was announced, four Augustana players were named to the second team. Kramer, Sacks and seniors Chris Payton (West Chicago HS, West Chicago, IL) and Tyson Crist (Peoria Richwoods HS, Peoria, IL).

 

Crist led the team in scoring for the second year in a row with 25 total points on nine goals and seven assists. After setting a school record with 20 goals during his junior season, Crist did not quite manage that total this year but he still ended up as one of the highest scorers in school history. He finished tied for third in career goals with 48, fifth in assists with 21 and fourth in total points with 117.

 

The goal scoring lead actually belonged to freshman Jeremy Delgado (Lake Geneva Badger HS, Burlington, WI) with 10 goals, one more than Crist. Delgado had two assists and ended up second in the total points race with 22.

 

Bob Estabrook, the winningest coach in Augustana men's soccer history, finished his seventh season with a record of 82-45-10. He has a record of 22-15-4 in CCIW games.

 

2000 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS MEN'S SOCCER LETTERWINNERS

 

NAME

POS

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Adam Bauerband*

D

5-11

150

Fr

Crystal Lake, IL (Frankfurt International School)

Alex Castillo**

MF

5-11

165

So

Elgin, IL (Elgin Larkin)

Tim Clutter*

MF

5-9

145

Fr

Antioch, IL (Antioch)

John Cravero**

MF

5-11

170

Jr

Moline, IL (Moline)

Tyson Crist**** (C)

F

5-10

170

Sr

Peoria, IL (Peoria Richwoods)

Jeremy Delgado*

F

5-11

172

Fr

Burlington, WI (Lake Geneva Badger)

Mike Diehl***

MF

5-11

165

Jr

Wheaton, IL (Wheaton Warrenville South)

Tim Diehl*

MF

5-9

140

Fr

Wheaton, IL (Wheaton Warrenville South)

Robert Dobbins*

D

5-11

165

Fr

Rapids City, IL (United Township)

Anthony Ewing**

GK

6-2

195

So

Schaumburg, IL (Conant)

Gary Gummerman**

MF

5-10

150

Sr

Bloomington, IL (Bloomington)

Keith Halley*** (C)

D

6-2

170

Jr

Omaha, NE (Millard West)

Michael Kealy**

D

5-10

170

Sr

Hickory Hills, IL (Argo)

Aaron Kivisto*

MF

5-7

140

Fr

Rock Island, IL (Rock Island)

Rob Kramer*

GK

6-2

180

Fr

Wheaton, IL (Wheaton Warrenville South)

Mike Krzyzaniak**** (C)

D

5-9

175

Sr

Greenfield, WI (Whitnall)

Kurt Landeweer**

D

5-8

165

So

Northbrook, IL (Glenbrook North)

Justin Lohrens**

MF

5-10

160

Jr

Frankfort, IL (Lincoln Way)

Chris Payton****

F

6-2

195

Sr

West Chicago, IL (West Chicago)

Brad Ralph*** (C)

MF

6-0

160

Sr

Peoria, IL (Peoria Central)

Jason Ross*

MF

6-0

135

Fr

Elk Grove, IL (St. Viator)

Aric Sacks****

D

6-1

180

Sr

Schaumburg, IL (Schaumburg)

Brandon Vahl**

MF

5-9

150

So

Lindenhurst, IL (Waukegan)

John Washo*

MF

5-10

160

Sr

Princeton, IL (Princeton)

Eric Workman*

MF

5-11

130

Fr

St. Charles, IL (St. Charles)

 

2000 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN MEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS

 

TEAM

OVERALL

WON

OVERALL

LOSS

OVERALL

TIE

.PCT

CCIW

WON

CCIW LOSS

CCIW TIE

.PCT

Wheaton

13

4

3

.725

5

0

1

.917

Millikin

15

1

1

.911

5

1

0

.833

Augustana

11

6

3

.625

3

1

2

.667

Illinois Wesleyan

9

9

1

.500

3

3

0

.500

Carthage

5

11

2

.333

2

3

1

.417

North Park

10

7

0

.588

1

5

0

.167

North Central

6

12

1

.342

0

6

0

.000

 

2000 AUGUSTANA AWARD WINNERS

Most Valuable Player - Aric Sacks (Schaumburg HS, Schaumburg, IL)

Most Valuable Newcomer - Rob Kramer (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, IL)

Best Offensive Player - Brandon Vahl (Waukegan HS, Lindenhurst, IL)

All-CCIW Second Team - Rob Kramer (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, IL)

All-CCIW Second Team - Aric Sacks (Schaumburg HS, Schaumburg, IL)

All-CCIW Second Team - Chris Payton (West Chicago HS, West Chicago, IL)

All-CCIW Second Team - Tyson Crist (Peoria Richwoods HS, Peoria, IL)