MEQUON, Wis. – The Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Soccer team had a season to remember last fall, capturing the programs first Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference regular season championship with a 9-1 league record. The Falcons are looking to build off that success as the team has been putting in the work at training camp over the past week.
CUW has been at it for about a week, which has included a scrimmage earlier this week at Trinity International. The Falcons have another eight days to go until the 2016 season opener and have plenty of reason for optimism heading into the season.
2016 CUW Falcons Quick Hits
- The Falcons were predicted to repeat as NACC Champions in the 2016 Preseason Poll. CUW received seven first-place votes and 215 poll points. The voting was close as the NACC is expected to be extremely competitive this season, with four teams receiving at least four first-place votes.
- CUW returns 72 percent of its scoring from a season ago, and adds some talented transfers and freshmen to the mix. The Falcons did lose two of their top three scores due to graduation in Keegan Van Dusseldorp (34 points) and Diego Campos (20). Senior Jordan Moehn is the team's leading returning scorer, recording a 20-point season last fall.
- The Falcons will also have to replace three key starters from a defensive unit that allowed just three goals in NACC games last season, and just one in the month of October. Defenders Jake Barnes and Bobby Russ graduated, along with goalkeeper Alec Brew. Still CUW features plenty of talent on defense, led by 2015 NACC Freshman of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Gavin Falotico.
- In the midfield, the Falcons will look to a pair of seniors, Justin Clayton and Cropper, to lead the way. Sophomore Dagoberto Diaz is also a key returner to the midfield, along with junior Michael Benash.
- Depth should be a strength for the Falcons this year, as plenty of competition for starting spots has come in training camp. Saleska feels his team goes up to six deep at both the midfield and forward positions, players fighting for just three starting spots at each.
- The Falcons season gets started next Thursday, September 1 in a home match against Lawrence. Action is set to get underway at 4:30 p.m. at Fitting Field.