At MSU:Kyle Hopson will join fellow senior Brian Pasierb at midfield for the Bears in 2006 after playing in all 18 matches a year ago.
2005: Hopson started two games and recorded three goals and two assists for the Bears in his first season with the program. He scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over Belmont to clinch the Evansville ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic tournament championship on Sept. 25. Hopson scored goals in wins over Centenary (Sept. 11) and Air Force (Oct. 1).
Background: Hopson transferred to Missouri State after playing the 2003 season at Saint Louis University. The 5-8 midfielder played in 14 games and started two in 2003 after being sidelined by a season-ending knee injury in 2002 during the preseason. He posted nine shots for the Billikens. In high school, Hopson was an all-state, all-region, all-conference and all-metro pick. He helped lead Oakville High to a runner-up finish in the 2001 Missouri Class 4A state championship with 18 goals and 17 assists and was a part of the Tigers' 2000 state championship team. He was named the Missouri Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and completed his prep campaign with 47 goals and 36 assists. He was also a three-year letterwinner in wrestling and was a member of the senior leadership board.
Personal: Kyle Thomas Hopson is the son of Daniel and Betty Hopson. He was born June 10, 1983. His uncle, Dennis Hopson played for the Missouri State football team from 1971 to 1974.