Men's Soccer Nets Five All-Missouri Valley Conference Honors
Two Bears earned first team all-MVC honors; sophomore goalkeeper Alex Riggs led the way followed by senior forward Justin Alford. Demarzi netted second team honors while Melugin and Barbero earned all-freshman honors.
Alex Riggs led the way for the Bears with solid goal play all season but his stellar play in conference helped the Bears earn the three seed in the conference tournament. Riggs led the Bears to a 3-1-1 record in conference play while recording four shutouts including a 0-0 tie against second-ranked Creighton on Oct. 21. Riggs finished conference play with 30 saves in five games and a career high with 12 against Creighton.
Justin Alford was an all-MVC freshman in 2005 but had been hampered by injury in the last two seasons. Alford was a mainstay in the Bears’ attack throughout conference play recording 12 shots and a goal in five conference games, all of which her started. Alford added to his conference success with two goals in the Bears’ MVC Tournament quarterfinal victory over Eastern Illinois.
Junior defender Johannes Demarzi was the only Bear who earned second team honors. Demarzi was key component in the Bears defensive success but accounted for a solid offensive spark in all five of his starts in conference play. He recorded nine shots, the game winning goal against Bradley and an assist against Evansville.
Forward Heath Melugin, a local product, was the first of two Bears’ who earned all-MVC freshman honors. Heath led the Bears offensively this season with three goals in non-conference games but contributed five starts, one shot and an assist in the Bears’ conference campaign. Midfielder Gerard Barbero III wrapped up the Bears all-MVC honors with four starts, three goals, two assists and the unassisted game winning goal in the victory over Evansville.
The Bears put on an impressive display against Eastern Illinois in their quarterfinal victory of the Missouri Valley Tournament. The Bears will look to add to their impressive conference resume and get revenge when they face second-seeded Drake, the Bears’ lone conference loss, in semifinal action on Friday (Nov. 14) in Evansville, Ind. at Black Beauty Field at 5 p.m.