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Menís soccer players earn honors

By Mike Byker

Ryan Coon

Ryan Coon

The Defender menís soccer team qualified for the Great Plains Athletic Conference post-season tournament for the second year in a row after posting a 6-5 loop record. The Defenders advanced to the conference semifinals before being eliminated by Hastings, the eventual national tournament qualifier.

Ryan Coon, Andrew Dunham, and Mike Oppeneer all earned post-season recognition with Coon and Dunham taking all-GPAC first-team honors and Oppeneer being named to the second team. Coon went on to be named to the NAIA all-Region III first team and eventually was accorded honorable mention All-American accolades by the NAIA.

Coon scored 15 goals and had seven assists for the Defenders while his runningmate, Oppeneer, posted 16 goals and seven assists in the two-pronged attack. Dunham was the backbone of a Dordt College defense that allowed opponents an average of 2.4 goals per game.

Seniors Bryan Burgers and Aaron Faber were named NAIA scholar-athletes. Burgers is a computer science major, and Faber is a communication major. Both are repeat selections for the award given to juniors and seniors who hold at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, make significant contributions to their team, and are nominated by their coach.