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Men's soccer reaches quarterfinals

By Mike Byker

A 12-9 season for the Dordt College menís soccer team ended when the Defenders lost in the NAIA Region IV quarterfinals in mid-November. The loss brought to a close a season that saw the Defenders win the most games in a single season since 1995.

The Defenders earned a 7-4 conference record and made it to the post-season tournament semifinals. To get to the semifinals the Defenders posted a 3-2 win over Doane at Crete, Nebraska, in a shootout after two overtimes couldnít determine a winner.

The Defenders had five players earn All-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors. Kyle Van Andel was picked for the first team after scoring 13 goals and setting up six others with assists. The senior from Lynden, Washington, was named an NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete as well.

Mike Oppeneer, a sophomore from Hingham, Wisconsin, and Andrew Dunham, a junior from Carbondale, Illinois, were picked for second team All-GPAC honors. Oppeneer scored eight goals and had three assists while Dunham, a defensive player, helped limit opponents to 1.8 goals per game on average.

Tim Klein, a senior from Orange City, Iowa, earned honorable mention honors after registering 126 saves in goal with three shutouts. Ryan Coon, a freshman from Thornton, Colorado, was also an honorable mention pick after scoring seven goals and assisting on five in his first season with the Defenders.

Along with Van Andel, Aaron Faber, an Escondido, California, native was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Ben Ribbens, a senior from Pella, Iowa, was a Scholar-Athlete for the second year in a row.