November 14, 2011

SPORTS: Men's Soccer Falls Short Of Goals, Graduates Seven Seniors

by Kelsey Renbarger

The 2011 men's soccer team began their season with high hopes. Unfortunately those hopes were destroyed in Michigan when their regular season came to a close with no place in the 2011 summit League Tournament.

The Jaguars finished their season 7-11-2 ending their run on a two game losing streak, knocking their second place position in the Summit League to fifth. Only the top four teams advanced to the tournament.

The team was lead by seven senior players who all contributed to the success the team demonstrated during the good times of the season. The seven seniors managed to win their last home game together, on senior night, in an intense 4-3 win over in-state conference rival IPFW.

Notable performance goes to freshman Sam Fuller, who scored the winning goals of both the first and last home games of the season. Fullers performance in the upcoming years will be excited to watch as he grows as a soccer player. Fuller was also named to the 11-man All-Newcomer Team.

Fuller had a total of four game winning goals for his first year.

Recently, junior Kyle Hyland, who kicked nearly all of IUPUIs corner kicks this season, was voted Second Team All-Summit League with teammate Tyler Keever. Keever, IUPUIs goalkeeper will be greatly missed by IUPUI, as he played every single minute of his final year.

The Jags were lead this season by first year head coach Isang Jacobs. Jacobs came to IUPUI after a two year role as assistant coach at Penn State. Like Fuller, it will be exciting to see what the future holds for Jacobs at IUPUI.

At the beginning of the season, it was the goal of the men's soccer team to make it to the NCAA tournament. Falling short of this goal and losing seven seniors, the program has its work cut out for them for the following years.

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