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Having graduated three All-Americans from the previous three seasons, and with 40+ goals moving on from the team the previous season, it was a tall order to compete with the most successful three-year period in program history. While the 2019 season did not end with a third Final Four trip, it was triumphant nonetheless in a number of categories. From a record-breaking conference title to re-establishing a winning mentality, the program is poised to make another run at the national championship.
Strength of Schedule 2019 - 2nd of 419 DIII Men's Soccer Programs
NCAA Championship: Second Round
The Round of 32 was another tall order against an Ohio Wesleyan group that had previously given Calvin their only loss on the season. With a talented forward leading their lines, always capable of poaching home from out of seemingly nothing, it was going to take a 2-0 lead to put this one to bed. Going in 1-0 at half with a lion's share of possession and quality chances, the Maroons knew they needed a second. Unfortunately, as soccer goes, a tough PK and well-executed set piece put OWU out in front and then nicked a late one as the game got stretched. It was a result not commensurate with the type of soccer put forward by the UofC, but a harbinger of the quality to expect in 2020.
Kam Bloye, Forward/Wing
"Slippery as ever"
First Team All-Conference, 5 goals, 4 assists as a first-year winger
Vicente Mateus, Center Mid
Conference Honorable Mention, Second Team All-Region, 4 goals and 7 assists for the second-year center-mid
Ron Katsimpalis, GK
"another great year between the pipes"
First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Region, Second Team All-American, 85% save percentage
Richard "Bully" Gillespie, CB
"dominant in the air"
Conference Rookie of the Year, Second Team All-Conference, Second Team All-Region
Sahil Modi, Center Mid
"dominant in the air"
First Team All-Conference, 4 goals, 1 assist
Isaiah Holquist, LB + CB
"quarterbacking from right back"
Second Team All-Conference, Second Team All-Region
Scott Lich, right back
"ever the deterrent down the right side"
Conference Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Region
Gang of Three
As the cliche goes, 99% of NCAA athletes go pro in something other than sports. The Class of 2020 seniors are no different. After giving their all out on Stagg Field for four years, they will pursue careers in other areas. Rena, Beef, and Bar will venture away from Hyde Park in the coming years.
Renato "Rena" Corghi
Major: Public Policy, 3.6 GPA
Post-Grad Plans: Investment Banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank - New York, NY
Having torn his ACL soon after the 2018 season, Rena knew 2019 was going to be enjoyed from the other side of the white line, a place he didn't know very well. Though impossible to replace him on-the-field, he did his best off of it to help the team grow and learn.
Major: Public Policy, 3.3 GPA, Dean's List 2017-18, 2018-19
Post-Grad Plans: Applying to Master's Programs before entering med school
As a fourth-year captain, Beef grew as a player and as a person this season. He played center back and outside back for much of the season, before effectively being deployed as a stopper, bringing us back to the days of the 90s. His new role was a boon as he completely shut down UAA opposition for 7 games. A fierce competitor, Nate has a future with no bounds.
Sam "Bar" Barovick
Major: Philosophy, 3.1 GPA
Post-Grad Plans: Pursuing life's passions.
Bar's influence on the team cannot be measured with on-field statistics. There is no figure that captures training ground presence. He continually pushed everyone around him to improve, and never let training dip. Successful programs need players like Bar, and his spirit will be missed dearly.