PRESEASON CONFERENCE RANKINGS
|196||St. Joseph’s (IN)|
LOCATION: Quincy, Ill.
COACH: Mike Carpenter is going into his fourth season as the head coach. He has 48 games in his career at the school.
2014 RECORD: 21-2-2 overall; 13-0-2 GLVC
2014 POSTSEASON: Lost 4-1 to eventual national champion Lynn in national semifinals.
THE CORNERSTONE: Jr. D Xhovani Dokaj (18 goals, 12 assists — named an All-American last year).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: R-So. F Artan Emini (7 goals, 7 assists); Jr. M Taylor Reis (4 goals, 8 assists).
THE SKINNY?: Finding a goalie will be key if the Hawks are to contend for a national title again. Offensively, they are in great shape and should have no problem being one of the toughest teams to defend.
OUTLOOK: The Hawks won a school-record 21 games last year and played in the final four for the first time. They have an opportunity to be just as good this year. They could also get help from their recruiting class, which features 14 players.
LOCATION: Springfield, Mo.
COACH: Ryan Swan is entering his seventh season as the head coach. He has won 86 games in his career.
2014 RECORD: 16-5 overall; 12-3 GLVC
2014 POSTSEASON: Lost 2-1 to Quincy in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
THE CORNERSTONE: So. F Charles Guelly (6 goals, 4 assists — tied for the team-lead in assists).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: Sr. M Matt Clarkin (2 goals, 1 assist ); So. F Ben Bruce (2 goals, 1 assist); Jr. D David Cross (1 goal, 3 assists)
OUTLOOK: The Panthers finished with the second-most wins in program history. They lack experience at the goalie position as Blake Andrews and Jonas Gassman each only saw action in one game last year. Filling that void is vital to success. On the offensive side, the Panthers are in good shape, especially with Guelly back after a stellar freshman campaign. Drury had one of its best seasons and is hungry for even more success this year. The Panthers should be one of the top teams in the conference and take aim at another NCAA tournament berth.
Missouri-St. Louis Tritons
LOCATION: St. Louis, Mo.
COACH: Dan King is going into his 15th season. He has won 113 games during his career with the Tritons.
2014 RECORD: 12-4-2 overall; 11-3-1 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Sr. M Jon Huelsman (10 goals, 6 assists — earned All-American honors last season).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: Jr. M/F DJ Bednar (5 goals, 6 assists); Sr. M/F Tyler Collico (4 goals, 5 assists); So. M/F Nick Werner (5 goals, 3 assists); Jr. M Leo Sanchez (3 goals).
OUTLOOK: Huelsman is one of the most clutch players in the league, having scored four game-winners last year. His presence along with the return of four other players who scored at least three goals will make this team a difficult one to stop. The Tritons don’t have a lot of experience in goal but the offense will be able to carry the team until that position gets squared away. The Tritons have plenty of experience and will be a contender for the league championship again.
LOCATION: Romeoville, Ill.
COACH: Evan Fiffles has been the head coach of the Flyers since 1992. He has led Lewis to 22 consecutive winning seasons.
2014 RECORD: 11-5-3 overall; 9-3-3 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Jr. M Nicolas Monteiro (2 goals, 4 assists — finished second on the team in assist).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: Sr. D Krystian Nowak (4 goals); Sr. F Robert Zieba (3 goals, 1 assist).
OUTLOOK: While Lewis lost nearly half of its offense as George Thompson scored nine of the Flyers’ 26 goals last year, the cupboard isn’t bare. The key to another successful season is finding a goalie who can step in and lead the defense. Justin Salazar could be that guy despite playing in only one game last year. The Flyers have a tradition of success and should have no problem adding to it this season.
LOCATION: Indianapolis, IN
COACH: John Higgins is going into his sixth season. He was the coach of the year in the conference two seasons ago and has won 56 games in his career.
2014 RECORD: 12-5-3 overall; 9-4-2 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Jr. F Jacob Meyer (7 goals, 1 assist — top returning scorer for Indy).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: Sr. F Patrick O’Brien (3 goals, 4 assists); Sr. F Zak Mitchie (1 goal, 4 assists);
THE SKINNY?: The Greyhounds don’t have anyone with significant experience in goal. They will have to lean on their offense and experience early in the year and should be playing their best soccer at the end of the season. Meyer will no doubt help fuel the offensive attack.
OUTLOOK: The Greyhounds were one of the most competitive teams in the league and ended up winning the conference tournament despite finishing fifth in the standings. They are expected to build on that success this season.
LOCATION: Kansas City, Mo.
COACH: Anthony Tocco has been at Rockhurst for his entire 44-year career. He has won more than 600 games in that time.
2014 RECORD: 9-6-2 overall; 9-4-2 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Jr. F Michael Panarisi (6 goals — leading returning scorer for the Hawks).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: So. M Adam Michael (2 goals, 4 assists); Jr. D Evan Craig (2 goals, 3 assists); Sr. D Nick Caruso (1 goal); So. F Kaleb Jackson (3 goals).
OUTLOOK: Caruso and Michael were both all-conference selections for the Hawks and will help pave the way for success. Rockhurst has several playmakers and could be a top five team in the conference if it can fill the void at goalie. Logan Feldman could take on that role after playing in three games last year. Rockhurst was one of the better teams in the league last year. The Hawks should win at least 10 games this season.
Missouri S&T Miners
LOCATION: Rolla, Mo.
COACH: Gabe Hall is in his first season with the Miners. He has been an assistant coach at Dayton the past two seasons.
2014 RECORD: 8-8-2 overall; 7-6-2 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Jr. M/F Eduardo Abichabki (4 goals, 5 assists — top scorer for the Miners last season).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: So. M Martin Klevejer (2 goals, 3 assists), Sr. M Max Fuchs (2 goals, 1 assist); Jr. B Mitch Morris (2 goals); Sr. GK James Holloway (74 saves).
OUTLOOK: The Miners only scored 16 goals last year but will be a much more potent offense this season, especially with Abichabki back. Holloway’s experience in goal will be key as well. He allowed just 16 goals in 17 games a year ago. Missouri S&T finished with a winning record in league play last year and should be even better this season. Don’t be surprised if this team makes a run in the conference tournament.
LOCATION: Louisville, Ky.
COACH: Tim Chastonay has been the head coach at Bellarmine since 1998. He was the GLVC Coach of the Year in 2005.
2014 RECORD: 8-8-3 overall; 6-6-3 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Jr. D Zach Digan (3 goals — started every game for the Knights last year).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: ; So. M Callum Southern (3 goals, 1 assist); Jr. GK Tom Herbert (36 saves).
OUTLOOK: Digan is poised for a big year and should help put Bellarmine in a position to take a big step forward offensively. The Knights are also in good shape defensively with Herbert in goal. He saw action 12 games last year and only allowed eight goals. Bellarmine has been to the conference tournament in each of the last eight seasons and the Knights will look to continue that run of success this year. It will be a surprise if they aren’t in the tourney again.
LOCATION: Kenosha, Wi.
COACH: John Zitzke is going into his fourth season at Parkside. He has been with the Rangers coaching staff for the past 16 years.
2014 RECORD: 9-7-2 overall; 6-7-2 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: R-Sr. F Nemanja Medic (9 goals, 6 assists — earned all-conference and all-region honors last year).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: Sr. F/M Antonio Gonzalez (8 goals, 7 assists); R-So. M Abraham Kanneh (7 goals); R-Sr. D/M Elliott Schultz (3 goals, 2 assists).
OUTLOOK: The Rangers scored 41 goals a year ago and should be a little more explosive this season based on the return of Medic and Gonzalez, who are both capable of big games. Experience in goal is a question mark at the moment but that should be taken care of before the season begins. Parkside nearly had a winning season in league play last year. The Rangers should be able to accomplish that this year and compete for a spot in the conference tournament.
LOCATION: Lebanon, Ill.
COACH: John VanBuskirk is in his second season with the Bearcats. He is a former assistant coach at Missouri-St. Louis, where he spent two seasons.
2014 RECORD: 5-10 overall; 5-9-1 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Jr. F Felipe Thompson (4 goals — top returning goal scorer).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: Jr. D Callum Kiddell (1 goal, 3 assists); Jr. M Alexander Kunz (2 assists); Sr. GK Scott Armistead (68 saves).
OUTLOOK: McKendree doesn’t have a lot of offense back from last year, but Thompson is set for a big year and Armistead should have a solid senior season after giving up just 16 goals last season. The Bearcats need contributions from role players if they are going to improve on last year’s record. The Bearcats probably won’t contend for a spot in the conference tournament but have an opportunity to at least finish with a .500 season.
Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles
LOCATION: Evansville, Ind.
COACH: Mat Santoro has been the head coach at Southern Indiana since 2009. He is a former assistant coach at Memphis.
2014 RECORD: 5-9-3 overall; 4-8-3 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Sr. D Josh Weinzapfel (3 goals, 3 assists — leading returning scorer.).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: Jr. F Braiden Acton (2 goals, 2 assists); So. M Riley Belding (1 goal, 2 assists); Aston Bruder (56 saves).
OUTLOOK: The Screaming Eagles don’t have that one high-scoring threat, but they have several players capable of making plays at any given time. Leaning on the defense will be key, especially with Bruder in goal. He saw action in 16 games last year. Southern Indiana missed out on a spot in the conference tournament. It should be an improved team this year and be in the mix for a postseason berth if it can finish the year strong.
LOCATION: Maryville, Mo.
COACH:Sean Hughes is in his first season as the head coach. He was an assistant for three years at Quincy.
2014 RECORD:5-9-4 overall; 4-9-2 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Jr. M Kevin Doherty (1 goal — should have opportunity to play more prominent role in offense this year).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: Sr. D/M Ryan Schlick (1 goal); Jr. D Kevin Ptacek (1 goal).
OUTLOOK: Having a new head coach should breathe new life into the Saints. But the rebuilding process will take time as Maryville has no one returning who scored more than a goal last year and the Saints also lack a goalie with game experience. The good news is Maryville has six new recruits who should have a chance to play right away. The Saints are going to have a hard time improving on last year’s campaign, but if it can win two or three more games, it would be a step in the right direction.
Truman State Bulldogs
LOCATION: Kirksville, Mo.
COACH: Duke Cochran is in his 11th season as the head coach. He has won 93 games in his career.
2014 RECORD:5-11-1 overall; 4-10-1 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Sr. M Corey Nolte (4 goals, 2 assists – led team in scoring last year).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: Sr. M John Lee (1 goal, 1 assist); So. M Derek Merry (1 goal); Jr. D Zach Hollstrom (1 goal).
OUTLOOK: The defense will take time to develop because of the lack of goalie experience, but with Notle back in the fold, it should take some pressure off the defense. The good news is both Nolte and Lee are seniors, which will be huge in terms of leadership. It will likely be a struggle early for Truman State, but as time rolls on, the Bulldogs could emerge as one of the most improved teams in the conference and set the stage for a successful future.
Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars
LOCATION: Springfield, Ill.
COACH: Jesse Miech is in his fifth season. He played two seasons of college soccer at Creighton.
2014 RECORD: 6-12 overall; 4-11 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Jr. F Dylan Stockman (4 goals – led the team in goals scored).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: So. M/D Jack Coombes (2 goals); Jr. F Zachary Allevi (scored 16 goals in two seasons at Parkland College); So. GK Kyle Hamilton (63 saves).
OUTLOOK: Illinois-Springfield has an opportunity to turn things around in a big way. The addition of Allevi will help a great deal and Hamilton gained valuable experience as a freshman that will only make him better this season. The Prairie Stars have the potential to be much more competitive in the league than they were a year ago. If they can catch a few breaks and win games early, their win total should improve by at least a few games.
William Jewell Cardinals
LOCATION: Liberty, Mo.
COACH: Jefferson Roblee is in his fifth season. He also serves as the women’s head coach at the school.
2014 RECORD:3-12 overall; 2-10-3 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: So. F Aaron Froelich (5 goals – led team in goals scored).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: So. M/F Jordan Lindsey (2 goals, 2 assists); Jr. M Ethan Delaney (2 goals); So. F Tristan Morgan (2 goals).
OUTLOOK: The Cardinals have a younger team, but several of those players have experience that should pay off even more this season. The goalie position has yet to be solidified, but from an offensive standpoint, this team should be in good shape. William Jewell returns several key contributors from last season and that should go a long way in helping the Cardinals be better off than they were last year.
Saint Joseph’s Pumas
COACH: Adam Hall is in his first year with the Pumas. He is the 14th coach in program history.
2014 RECORD: 1-15-1 overall; 1-13-1 GLVC
THE CORNERSTONE: Jr. M Nick Cossyleon (1 goal, 1 assist – only player back who scored a goal last year).
THE SUPPORTING CAST: Matthew Foy (played in one game and tallied 2 saves).
OUTLOOK: It will take time to find continuity on the offense and defense, but if the progress goes well, this team could be playing well at the end of the year. It will be tough to climb out of the basement of the GLVC. The Pumas will focus more on making improvements that might not show up in the win column but will go a long way toward the future success of the program.