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December 11, 2011

2011 Season - Fidlow wins MVP for men's soccer

Senior Sean Fidlow was selected as the Most Valuable Player and the Best Offensive Player for Augustana in 2011 after leading the Vikings to a 13-6 overall record.

Senior midfielder Sean Fidlow (Carmel Catholic HS, Gurnee, Ill.) was selected as the Most Valuable Player for the 2011 Augustana men’s soccer team, it was announced today. Fidlow, a three year letterwinner, finished the 2011 campaign with 13 goals and six assists for a total of 32 points. The 13 goals put Fidlow tied for 11th all-time on the single season goals scored list. Fidlow was also named to the All-CCIW second team for the second consecutive season.

Senior Cory DeGrave (Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.) was voted the team’s “Best Defensive Player” for the second season in a row. DeGrave, a three year letterwinner, played in 52 career games as a Viking. During those games, he helped the defense record 18 shutouts, including nine this season. The defense allowed just 19 goals in 19 games this year while finishing with a 13-6-0 record.

Fidlow also won the team’s “Best Offensive Player”, his second straight year receiving the award. To go along with his team high 32 points, Fidlow led the team with 54 shots and 34 shots on goal. He finished this year with five game winning goals and converted all three of his penalty kick opportunities.

Senior defenseman Brett Bleecher (Marist HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.) won the “Viking Award”. Bleecher, a four time letterwinner, had two goals and an assist this season. Both of his goals were game-winners, including the overtime game-winning goal against conference rival Elmhurst.

Freshman midfielder Nathan Kyes (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) was selected as the “Newcomer of the Year” after he played in 19 games, starting 12 of them, and tallied one goal and two assists for a total of four points. He attempted 28 shots with 16 of them on goal.

Augustana finished the year with a 13-6-0 overall record and placed fourth in the CCIW. The Vikings outscored their opponents by a 37-19 margin while outshooting their opponents 295-182. The Vikings also enjoyed their new home stadium, Thorson-Lucken Field. After being completed this summer, the Vikings found immediate success, winning their first seven games and finished with an 8-1 record at home.

Story written by Augustana sports information assistant Colin Johnson

2011 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS MEN’S SOCCER ROSTER

NO

NAME

POS

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

1

Tyler Cowherd**

GK

6-1

175

So

Bettendorf, Iowa/HS

2

Chandler Brooks*

M

6-1

165

Fr

Bloomington, Ill./University

3

Jason Beckus***

D

5-11

185

Jr

Naperville, Illinois/Neuqua Valley

5

Kevin Wyrostek***

M

5-11

182

Jr

Naperville, Illinois/North

6

Kurt Negwer**

D

5-8

170

Sr

Florissant, Missouri/Lutheran North

7

Matt Shipon**

M

5-9

170

So

Elgin, Illinois/South

10

Kyle Polanco*

D

5-6

136

So

Frankfort, Illinois/Lincoln-Way North

12

Vincenzo Dal Pozzo*

F

6-2

160

Fr

Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley

13

Cory DeGrave***

D

5-9

165

Sr

Palatine, Illinois/Fremd

14

Grant Halter**

M

5-11

138

So

Glen Ellyn, Illinois/Glenbard West

15

Sean Fidlow***

M

5-9

160

Sr

Gurnee, Illinois/Carmel Catholic

16

Nathan Kyes*

M

5-9

150

Fr

Oswego, Ill./HS

17

Nick Wolfe***

M

5-7

137

Jr

Naperville, Illinois/Neuqua Valley

18

John McSpadden**

F

6-2

180

So

Geneva, Illinois/HS

19

Evan Johnson**

M

6-5

170

So

Glen Ellyn, Illinois/Glenbard South

20

Adam Wilson**

M

5-11

165

So

Plainfield, Illinois/North

21

Adam Bengfort*

D

5-11

175

Fr

Davenport, Iowa/Assumption

22

Brett Bleecher****

D

6-0

180

Sr

Oak Lawn, Illinois/Marist

24

Michael Buric**

D

5-11

180

So

Scottsdale, Arizona/Notre Dame Prep

31

Steven Zahrobsky**

GK

5-11

165

So

Woodridge, Illinois/Downers Grove South

37

Brett Johnson*

GK

6-1

170

Fr

Beach Park, Ill./Zion Benton Township

 HEAD COACH: Brenton Joseph

ASSISTANT COACHES: Scott Wallner & Eric Stewart