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December 10, 2012

Cowherd grabs MVP honors in men's soccer

Junior Tyler Cowherd was selected as the Most Valuable Player for the 2012 Augustana men's soccer team.

Junior goalkeeper Tyler Cowherd (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) has been chosen as the most Valuable Player for the 2012 Augustana men’s soccer team. The Vikings finished the 2012 campaign with a 6-9-3 overall record and a 2-4-1 mark in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

Junior defender Evan Johnson (Glenbard South HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) was named as the Best Defensive Player while sophomore Joshua Bennett (Wheaton North HS, Winfield, Ill.) took down Best Offensive Player honors. Freshman Erik Gustafson (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) was the “Newcomer of the Year”.

Cowherd played in nine games this past fall, all of them as a starter and he logged 850 minutes worth of action. He came up with 32 saves and posted a 3-4-2 overall record. He gave up 17 goals and had a goals-against-average of 1.80. He also picked up an assist during a 2-1 victory over Carthage on October 10. Johnson was the top defender for the Vikings, who allowed an average of 13.8 shots per game. He also scored a goal and had eight shots, five of them on-goal. Bennett played in 15 games and scored two goals with two assists for a total of six points. He had 17 shots, 10 of which were on-goal. Gustafson, a defender, finished the year with five shots, one of them on-goal.

2012 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS MEN’S SOCCER LETTERWINNERS

NO

NAME

POS

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

01

Tyler Cowherd*** (C)

GK

6-1

175

Jr

Bettendorf, Iowa/HS

02

Chandler Brooks**

M

6-1

165

So

Bloomington, Ill./University

03

Jason Beckus**** (C)

D

5-11

185

Sr

Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley

04

Andrew Smith*

M

6-0

165

Fr

Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg

05

Kevin Wyrostek****

M

5-11

182

Sr

Naperville, Ill./North

06

Cole Collins*

M

5-6

145

Fr

Lisle, Ill./HS

07

Matt Shipon***

M

5-9

170

Jr

Elgin, Ill./South

08

Grant Halter***

M

5-11

138

Jr

Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West

09

DJ Lawlor*

F

5-8

128

Jr

Tinley Park, Ill./Lincoln Way North

10

Kyle Polanco**

D

5-6

136

Jr

Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North

11

Jakob Rettke*

F

6-2

180

Fr

Columbia, Mo./Columbia-Rock Bridge

12

Vincenzo Dal Pozzo**

F

6-2

160

So

Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley

14

Gabriel Brouillette*

F

5-10

150

Fr

Mundelein, Ill./Carmel

15

Josh Bennett*

F

5-10

155

So

Winfield, Ill./Wheaton North

16

Nathan Kyes**

M

5-9

150

So

Oswego, Ill./HS

17

Nick Wolfe****

M

5-7

137

Sr

Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley

18

John McSpadden***

F

6-2

180

Jr

Geneva, Ill./HS

19

Evan Johnson***

M

6-5

170

Jr

Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South

21

Adam Bengfort**

D

5-11

175

So

Davenport, Iowa/Assumption

22

Erik Gustafson*

D

5-10

150

Fr

Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove

23

Ryan Muzzarelli*

D

5-7

140

Fr

Geneva, Ill./HS

24

Michael Buric***

D

5-11

180

Jr

Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep

27

Ian Deggendorf*

F

5-6

140

Fr

Liberty, Mo./St. James Academy

29

Patrick Nelson*

M

5-11

160

Fr

Jacksonville, Ill./Jacksonville

37

Brett Johnson**

GK

6-1

170

So

Beach Park, Ill./Zion Benton Township