Men's Soccer Columns

Laurie Bollig

Jewell and McDuff experienced life as student-athletes in uniquely different ways

by Laurie Bollig December 10, 2012 in Men's Soccer

When it came to selecting a college at which to play soccer, Tishia Jewell and Ryan McDuff couldn’t have chosen more divergent paths. Jewell, a Satellite Beach, Fla., native, chose to stay close to home, enrolling at the University of Central Florida in Orlando – the ultimate American tourist destination. UCF boasts an enrollment of 60,000. McDuff, who grew up in Plano, Tex., decided to move 2,000 miles away, choosing to attend Brown University in Rhode Island – geographically, the… Continue Reading

Michael Lewis

Returning the favor is important to Coastal Carolina’s Bennett

by Michael Lewis October 08, 2012 in Men's Soccer

In January, Ashton Bennett had a giant carrot being dangled in front of him as he was being touted as a possible top 10 pick in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. While rookies certainly don’t make millions in pro soccer in the United States, getting an opportunity to pursue a career in an avocation that you love can be enticing. But there was only one slight problem—the Jamaican native would have had to give up his senior year at Coastal Carolina University, and that was not an option on… Continue Reading

Michael Lewis

Holt states his case for a successful career

by Michael Lewis December 18, 2011 in Men's Soccer

As a goalkeeper who is all of 5-foot-8, Creighton University senior Brian Holt has heard the talk that he was too small to be a goalkeeper. Yet, he has managed to stand tall in the net and off the pitch in more ways than one. Holt wound up as one of four NCAA Division I goalkeepers still standing as Creighton earned a spot in the NCAA Men’s College Cup in Hoover, Ala. So, given his play and leadership on the field, and focus, classroom and volunteer work off it, it was not surprising that… Continue Reading

Eric Anderson

Men’s soccer standout Agaba prepares to repay the villagers who helped him stay in school

by Eric Anderson October 17, 2011 in Men's Soccer

As an elite student and standout soccer player in Kampala, Uganda, Perez Agaba was poised to make a choice as his time at King’s College Budo Secondary School came to an end. “You’ve got to choose one of the two; doing both is almost impossible,” Agaba said of the setup in his homeland, where college sports are essentially limited to intramural activities. “You’re either going for the academics or for the soccer, and you’ve got to decide.” There was no doubt which way Agaba would have gone.… Continue Reading

Laurie Bollig

Candidate classes include top notch student-athletes

by Laurie Bollig August 30, 2011 in Men's Soccer

As the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award begins its 11th year, 120 NCAA Division I student-athletes have been announced as candidates for the award in four sports. The credentials of the candidates include stellar performances in the classroom and on the field or court as well as outstanding examples of community service. The 2011 men’s and women’s soccer candidate class includes 15 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Americans from last season. Half of the 60 have maintained a… Continue Reading

Michael Lewis

Collegiate goals accomplished…soccer winners move on to compete in other arenas

by Michael Lewis December 13, 2010 in Men's Soccer

It should not be surprising that North Carolina midfielder Ali Hawkins and Akron midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong earned the women’s and men’s honors for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. After all, it has never about them. It has always been about someone or something else. Their reaction to winning the awards said it all. “It’s an honor,”  Ampaipitakwong said. “I take it as a team award. My team helped me get this award for all of the years I put into this program. I gave back… Continue Reading

Michael Lewis

Soccer peers faced adversity and moved past trials for triumph

by Michael Lewis October 25, 2010 in Men's Soccer

How someone deals with adversity, challenges and change can tell volumes about that person. What Samson Malijani and Bobby Warshaw have had to go through are on different ends of the spectrum, yet they handled it with grace, dignity and determination. Malijani, a senior striker at Fairleigh Dickinson University, lost his parents to a car accident at the age of 10 and had to overcome a serious knee injury that he feared would end his career. Warshaw, a senior defender and team captain at… Continue Reading

Michael Lewis

Soccer peers faced adversity and moved past trials for triumph

by Michael Lewis October 25, 2010 in Men's Soccer

How someone deals with adversity, challenges and change can tell volumes about that person. What Samson Malijani and Bobby Warshaw have had to go through are on different ends of the spectrum, yet they handled it with grace, dignity and determination. Malijani, a senior striker at Fairleigh Dickinson University, lost his parents to a car accident at the age of 10 and had to overcome a serious knee injury that he feared would end his career. Warshaw, a senior defender and team captain at… Continue Reading

Eric Anderson

Ministers’ sons make great goalkeepers and community servants

by Eric Anderson September 27, 2010 in Men's Soccer

On the soccer field, goalkeepers are the last line of defense. But most any student of the game will confirm that the best keepers are leaders. “I would agree with that,” UC Santa Barbara keeper Sam Hayden said. “We’re the quarterback on the field, so to say. We’re in the back and we can see everything that’s going on in front of us. We have to direct our players, let them know where people are at, where runners are coming through, what to do next ... I would say that we’re natural leaders. I… Continue Reading

Maria Burns Ortiz

Peterson and Yeisley represent “all the good kids” in winning the Senior CLASS Award

by Maria Burns Ortiz December 14, 2009 in Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer

The student athletes who least expect recognition often deserve it most. They are the ones who excel in the classroom and at athletics. The ones who give up their free time to volunteer in their communities. The ones teammates look to for leadership. The ones who stay positive in the face of adversity – whether it’s on the playing field or in life. Such is a fitting description for Texas A&M’s Emily Peterson and Penn State’s Jason Yeisley, the 2009 recipients of the Lowe’s Senior… Continue Reading

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