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June 18, 2012

2012 MEN'S SOCCER PREVIEW

Junior Michael Buric was a second-team all-conference performer a year ago for the Vikings. He helped spearhead a defense that allowed just 19 goals in 18 matches.

GENERAL INFORMATION
NAME: Augustana College
CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201
FOUNDED: 1860
NICKNAME: Vikings
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold
HOME FIELD: Thorson-Lucken Field
ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW)
PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls (Iowa 1971)
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski (Pepperdine, 1985)
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

SOCCER HISTORY
FIRST YEAR OF SOCCER: 1979
OVERALL SOCCER RECORD: 338-219-47 (.599) in 33 seasons...CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2002

SPORTS INFORMATION
SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath
SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265
WRATH'S CELL PHONE: (309) 737-5306   SID FAX: (309) 794-7525 

E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu
SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath, Sports Information Director, Carver PE
Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 61201
AUGUSTANA ATHLETIC HOME PAGE: www.augustana.edu

COACHING STAFF
HEAD COACH: Brenton Joseph (Alabama A & M)
JOSEPH'S RECORD: 71-136-19 overall in 12 years as collegiate head coach...41-43-9 in five seasons at Augustana
TRAINER: Rochel Rittgers (Northern Iowa 1981)

TEAM INFORMATION
2011 RECORD: Had an overall record of 13-6-0...Vikings were 3-4 for sixth place in the CCIW.

LETTERWINNERS RETURNING/LOST: 17/Five
STARTERS RETURNING/LOST: Eight/Three

STARTERS RETURNING: Jason Beckus (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.), 5-11, 185, Senior, D...Two goals & one assist...Michael Buric (Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz.), 5-11, 180, Junior, D...Second team All-CCIW...Tyler Cowherd (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa), 6-1, 175, Junior, GK...6-6 record with a 1.32 GAA...45 saves & .750 save percentage... Evan Johnson (Glenbard South HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.), 6-5, 170, Junior, M...Nathan Kyes (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.), 5-9, 150, Sophomore, M...Viking Newcomer of the Year...One goal & two assists...John McSpadden (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.), 6-2, 180, Junior, F...Third on the team with three goals, four assists and 10 points...Matt Shipon (South Elgin HS, Elgin, Ill.), 5-9, 170 Junior... Three goals & three assists...Two game-winning goals...Nick Wolfe (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.), 5-7, 137, Senior, M...Second on the team with four goals and 14 points...Tied for team lead with six assists.

STARTERS LOST: Cory DeGrave (Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.), 5-9, 165, D...Selected team's Best Defensive Player...Sean Fidlow (Carmel Catholic HS, Gurnee, Ill.), 5-9, 160, M...Second team All-CCIW...Team MVP & Best Offensive Player...Led team with 13 goals... tied for team lead with six assists...Five game-winning goals... Adam Wilson (Plainfield North HS, Plainfield, Ill.), 5-11, 165, M...Three goals.

2011 AUGUSTANA MEN'S SOCCER SUPERLATIVES

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS - Sean Fidlow & Michael Buric (2nd team)
MOST GOALS: Sean Fidlow (13)
MOST ASSISTS: Sean Fidlow & Nick Wolfe (6)
LONGEST WINNING STREAK: 6 matches
MOST CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS: 5 matches

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Sean Fidlow

BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Sean Fidlow

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Cory DeGrave

VIKING AWARD: Brett Bleecher

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Nathan Kyes