2001 MIAC All-Conference Team
| 2001 MIAC All-Conference Team |
Four Cobber Players and Coach Earn MIAC Post
Chance Buzzell, Cyle Cavett and Kris Overby were all named to the MIAC All-Conference team, and sophomore midfielder Jason VanValkenburg was named to the MIAC Honorable Mention team. Head Coach Jim Cella was named MIAC Coach of the Year.
It is the second straight season that Buzzell has been honored with the award and first such honor for Cavett, Overby and VanValkenburg. Buzzell also finished runner-up in balloting for the conference Most Valuable Player award. It is the third time in nine years that Cella has been named the conference coach of the year.
Buzzell led the Cobbers in scoring with 9 goals and 11 assists for 29
In the MIAC he tallied three goals and four assists. He was the offensive leader of the team that upped their goal output from 19 goals in 2000 to 40 goals in 2001. He finished his four-year career with 20 goals and 24 assists which places him fifth on the school's all-time points list. He also set a school record this season in assists in a game, when he assisted on four goals in the game against UW-Superior.
Cavett and Overby were the catalysts behind the defense that only allowed 10 goals in 16 games overall and finished second in the MIAC in goals allowed in conference play. The team finished ninth in the nation in shutout percentage and 17th in goals against average. The team set school records for fewest goals allowed in a season and most shutouts in a season (10). Overby, who was named to the MIAC Honorable mention team in 2000, collected seven shutouts on the season and now has 14 for his two years at Concordia. He was also ranked 20th in the nation in goals against average.
VanValkenburg, although finishing fifth on the team in scoring with four goals and four assists, ran the offense from his central midfield position. His ability to break opposing defenses down and find the "open" player contributed to Concordia's offensive outburst this season and helped the Cobbers to a 2.5 goals per game average.
Cella has 97 wins and a .600 winning percentage in his 10 years as head
coach of the men's program. The 12-4 mark by this years team set a school
record for fewest losses in a season and highest winning percentage. Cella's
teamsw have now posted double-digit win totals in 6 of his 10 seasons.
He is currently the winningest soccer coach in school history.
2001 MIAC MENíS SOCCER ALL-CONFERENCE
Name School Position Yr
Eric Brown Saint Mary's Midfielder Sr.
Chance Buzzell Concordia Forward Sr.
Cyle Cavett Concordia Defender Jr.
Pepe Jon Chavez Bethel Forward Jr.
Ben Clymer St. Olaf Forward Jr.
Ryan Kath Gustavus Midfielder Sr.
Nathan Knox Macalester Midfielder So.
Dakota Loomis Carleton Forward Sr.
Adam MacLeod-Roth Gustavus Defender Jr.
Ross MacMullan St. Olaf Goalkeeper Sr.
Brendan Mayer Macalester Defender Sr.
Martin Oppenheimer Macalester Midfielder Sr.
Kris Overby Concordia Goalkeeper So.
Matt Raplinger St. Thomas Defender So.
Mike Rutter Saint John's Midfielder Jr.
Joe Schmidt Saint John's Forward So.
Ross Smith Gustavus Goalkeeper Sr.
Kyle Swanson St. Olaf Midfielder Sr.
Brad Uecker Hamline Midfielder Sr.
Kimani Williams Macalester Forward Sr.
MIAC Most Valuable Player - Brendan Mayer, Macalester
MIAC Coach of the Year - Jim Cella, Concordia College
MIAC Men's Sportsmanship Award - Hamline University
2001 MIAC MENíS SOCCER ALL-CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
Name School Position
Scott Lepper Augsburg Defender
Tyler Clark Bethel Midfielder
Brent Schiestl Bethel Defender
Doug Wester Bethel Defender
Jeremy Schultz Carleton Midfielder
Jason VanValkenburg Concordia Midfielder
Steve Murray Gustavus Forward
Tyler Bosch St. John's Forward
Brian Cleaveland St. John's Defender
Andy Witchger St. John's Midfielder
Joe Rude St. Mary's Defender
Michael Heitzman St. Thomas Midfielder
Will Loepfe St. Thomas Goalkeeper
John Matejcek St. Thomas Defender
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