SOCCER TEAMS SEE SUCCESS THIS SEASON
Monday, December 4, 2006
by Beth Sowers
Hannibal, MO. - The Hannibal-LaGrange College men's soccer team is ranked 14th in the nation after a very successful season. J.P. Wunder, a senior forward for the Trojans, became HLG's all time top scorer, and Shawn Ohlms was the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) All-American Scholar Athlete. Receiving NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honors were senior defender David Senchermes and Wunder. Kevin Zimmerman was awarded NAIA National Player of the Week in October.
The Trojans are the 2006 AMC (American Midwest Conference) regular-season champions, and also took home three of the four top post-season awards handed out by the conference. The 2006 AMC All-Conference team was selected by a vote of the league's eight coaches. Wunder was selected as the 2006 AMC Player of the Year. Wunder, from Santiago, Chile, netted 15 goals and added four assists this season to lead the conference in scoring. Wunder is a two-time first-team All-Conference selection for HLG. The AMC Freshman of the Year honor goes to the top first-year player in the conference. The 2006 recipient was Zimmerman, a forward from Cancun, Mexico, who finished right behind Wunder in scoring with 12 goals and nine assists for 33 total points. Sophomore midfielder Miguel Ramirez and Senchermes joined Wunder on the first team, while sophomore midfielder Jose Nogues and goalkeeper Austin McDowell were honorable mentions along with Zimmerman. AMC Academic All-Conference Honors went to Joshua Bertram, Tom Heafner, Gilberto Romero, McDowell, Ohlms, and Wunder.
HLG men's soccer coach David Erskine received the 2006 AMC Coach of the Year award. Now in his ninth season at the helm of the Trojans' program, Erskine led his team to new heights in 2006. Hannibal-LaGrange closed the regular season with an overall record of 15-3-0. The Trojans clinched the AMC regular-season title by going 6-1-0 in league play. Through the end of the 2006 regular season, Erskine has compiled a career record of 94-70-13 at Hannibal-LaGrange.
“This is the most talented team I have had the privilege to coach,” said Erskine. “I appreciate all of the support we received this year both from the administration, faculty, and staff, and from the student body.”
Proving the talent of this HLG men's soccer team, Graceland University, who HLG tied in the Regional game and then lost to in penalty kicks 4-3, went on to win the National title.
Men's Soccer Team 2006
On the women's side, the HLG Lady Trojans fought their way back from a two-win season in 2005 to a 15-5 record and a second place finish in the AMC this season. Christine Stevens, junior goalkeeper from Quincy, ILL, was named 2006 NAIA First Team All-Region. Megan DeHues, Caitlin Symons, Katie Porter, Emily Clausen, and Kat Minx were all NAIA All-American Scholar Athletes.
The Lady Trojans had a record breaking 5 First Team All AMC selections: Katie Archibald, forward from Council Bluffs, IA (AMC Freshman of the Year); Ashley Tucker, midfielder from St. Louis, MO; Minx, defender from Sunrise Beach, MO; McKayla Christiansen, defender from Council Bluffs, IA; and Stevens. Megan DeHues received Honorable Mention. AMC Academic All-Conference Honors went to Holly Balkenbush, Christina Schremp, Clausen, DeHues, Minx, Porter, Stevens, Symons, and Tucker
"It was such a privilege to coach a group of girls that whole-heartedly believed in our mission....to bring God glory by pursuing whole-hearted excellence," said Head Coach Jason Nichols. "We had a successful season not only because of a talented team, but because of a group of young ladies who chose to put the team's interests in front of their own. It was because of how they served, loved, and encouraged each other consistently."
HLG is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Region V and the American Midwest Conference.
Women's Soccer Team 2006
Contact InformationCarolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations