In 2012, the men’s soccer team posted a 3-7-1 record in the NAC, including a double-overtime tie against Marian, marking the most wins and best winning percentage since Maranatha joined the conference in 2006.
The team finished with an 8-11-1 overall and 4-4-1 record on the road, an improvement from a 7-12 overall, and 1-7 record on the road in 2011.
Maranatha also finished with more goals, and points in 2012 after taking nearly 80 less shots from last season, developing a strong chemistry that saw more passes and patience as the season progressed.
Sophomores Taylor Pill and Marvin Klaudt led the team with nine and eight goals respectively, but it was a handful of freshman players that contributed heavily to the team’s success.
Timothy Rogers, a freshman out of Willmar, Minn. was the third-leading goal scorer (six), and Mitchell Mellano, Todd Howard and Jeremy Knudson each had two goals.
Daniel Anderson also played in 19 of the team’s 20 games on defense and is poised for significant playing time as the team loses senior defender David Anderson.
The Crusaders also received strong play in net as junior goalkeeper Kyle Kutz, in his first season, posted a 5-5-1 record with a 2.82 goals against average in 19 games played.
The Crusaders’ outlook for 2013 looks bright, as this year’s squad featured mainly sophomores and freshman, and loses just one senior.