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July 2, 2013

2013 MEN'S SOCCER PREVIEW

Josh Bennett won the Best Offensive Player award for the Vikings by netting 2 goals and tying for the team lead with two assists.

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: 344-228-50 (.593) in 34 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.athletics.augustana.edu   

COACHING STAFF
HEAD COACH: Brenton Joseph (Alabama A & M)
JOSEPH'S RECORD: 77-145-22 overall in 13 years as collegiate head coach...47-52-12 in six seasons at Augustana
TRAINER: Denise Yoder (Augustana 1989)   

TEAM INFORMATION
2012 RECORD: Had an overall record of 6-9-3...Vikings were 2-4-1 for sixth place in the CCIW.  

LETTERWINNERS RETURNING/LOST: 21/Four

STARTERS RETURNING/LOST: Nine/Two  

STARTERS LOST: Jason Beckus (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.), 5-11, 185, D... Started all 18 games... 2 goals, 1 assist... Nick Wolfe (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.), 5-7, 137, M... Tied for the team lead with three goals and seven points.  

STARTERS RETURNING: Josh Bennett (Wheaton North HS, Winfield, Ill.), 5-10, 155, Sr, F... Vikings' Best Offensive Player Award... 2 goals... Tied for the team lead with two assists... Michael Buric (Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz.), 5-11, 180, Sr, D... 1 goal... Tied for the team lead with two assists... Cole Collins (Lisle HS, Lisle, Ill.), 5-6, 145, So, M... 1 goal, 1 assist... Tyler Cowherd (Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf, Iowa), 6-1, 175, Sr, GK... Vikings' MVP... 3-4-2 with a 1.80 GAA and .653 save percentage... 1 assist... Erik Gustafson (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.), 5-10, 150, So, D... Vikings' Newcomer of the Year... Grant Halter (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.), 5-11, 138, Sr, M... 1 goal... Evan Johnson (Glenbard South HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.), 6-5, 170, Sr, M... Vikings' Best Defensive Player Award... 1 goal... John McSpadden (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.), 6-2, 180, Sr, F... Tied for the team lead with three goals and seven points... Matt Shipon (South Elgin HS, Elgin, Ill.), 5-9, 170, Sr... 2nd team All-CCIW... 1 goal... Tied for the team lead with two assists.  

2012 AUGUSTANA MEN'S SOCCER SUPERLATIVES

ALL-CCIW: Matt Shipon, 2nd team

CCIW PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Defensive - Tyler Cowherd (10/09/12)

CCIW STATISTICAL TOP 5 - INDIVIDUAL Game-Winning Goals -John McSpadden, Evan Johnson, T-4th @ 1 Save Percentage - Tyler Cowherd, 4th @ .737 Saves Per Game - Tyler Cowherd, 5th @ 4.67 Shutouts - Brett Johnson, T-2nd @ 1   

TEAM AWARDS

MVP -Tyler Cowherd

Best Offensive Player - Joshua Bennett B

est Defensive Player - Evan Johnson

Newcomer of the Year - Erik Gustafson