Category: College Men

They’re Getting the Gang Back Together

Alf Bilbao, his wife, Ryan Swan and Andrew Bordelon at Harrison Stadium in Springfield MO in 2010

News arrives that former Drury Panthers coach Ryan Swan, now Head Coach for the Division 1 Northern Illinois Huskies, has hired his former assistant Andrew Bordelon. From the Stevenson Mustangs Andrew Bordelon Accepts Position at Northern Illinois, Steps Down as Men’s Soccer Coach

Stevenson University head men’s soccer coach Andrew Bordelon announced Thursday that he is stepping down from that position in order to accept a position as an assistant coach on the men’s soccer staff at Division I Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Named the seventh head coach in Stevenson men’s soccer history this past June, Bordelon came to Stevenson from Westminster (Mo.) College, where he had guided the men’s soccer program to three straight SLIAC conference titles and three straight NCAA appearances. Prior to that, he was an assistant on the staff at Division II power Drury University, his alma mater, under Ryan Swan, who was named Northern Illinois head coach in January.

Missouri State vs SIUE – Legacy Match

LivingOURLegacy Cannon LargeThe Missouri State men’s soccer team has joined forces with the MSU Reserve Officer Training Corps program to stage the Living Our Legacy game. This year, the marquee game is set for SATURDAY, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., when the Bears host MVC opponent SIU Edwardsville in their regular-season finale at Plaster Field.

In four previous Living Our Legacy matches, the Bears hold a 2-1-1 record. It is also no coincidence that the wins have corresponded with three of the top four all-time attendance figures in MSU history. The past three Living Our Legacy games have averaged 1,973 fans, while last season’s event produced the largest crowd in program history (2,395).

The Nov. 9 match with SIU Edwardsville will also serve as senior night for MSU standouts Cole Alexander, Matt Bray, Jarred Clark, Jared Gain, Callen Roselieb, and Trevor Spangenberg.

Legacy Game Flyer

Prior to the game, tailgating will take place

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James Routledge Reaches U20 Super Y League Semifinals

Paul Scheipeter, James Routledge, Ryan Merrifield, Nick Rizzo, Billy Donovan, Sam Fink

The 2013 Super-20 League Championship, presented by Nike, wrapped up at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida last weekend. Sixteen teams from across the country qualified, including St Louis Scott Gallagher who advanced by winning the Midwest Division. A blind draw was conducted and the 16 qualifying teams were drawn into four groups of four for the group stage.

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An alternative to the USL Professional Development League (PDL), which includes the Springfield Demize here in Springfield, James Routledge (2nd from left above) was a member of the squad. James is a red-shirt freshman who will don the Maroon of the Missouri State Bears this Fall, transferring from Marquette University. He’s a native of New Zealand, part of the pipeline Assistant Coach Mike Seabolt has with Upper Hutt FC, where junior Parker Maher is spending his Summer.

Thursday July 18 – WIN 3-2 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher vs Junior Lone Star FC (TX)
Friday July 19 – WIN 2-1 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher vs IMG Academy (FL)
Saturday July 20 – LOSS 0-7 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher vs Beachside SC (CT)
Saturday July 20 – LOSS 0-2 – SLSG vs Pacesetter SC SEMIFINALS
Sunday July 21 – Final won by Force FC (MI) over Pacesetter

The defending champion Chicago Fire lead Group D after finishing second to St. Louis Scott Gallagher in the Midwest’s Western Division, and they will be joined by Alamo SC from the Mid South Division. Force Football Club makes its first appearance from the Midwest’s Eastern Division, with fellow newcomer the Western United Pioneers completing the group.

Scott Gallagher, meanwhile, is in Group A, which also includes the host, IMG Academy, which won the Southeast Division to earn its berth at the championships. A pair of newcomers complete the group, with Mid Atlantic Division winners Junior Lone Star FC and North Atlantic East champions Beachside SC both making their first appearance at IMG Academy.

The 2013 Super-20 League Championship also serves as an important player identification event for the PDL, as well as for U.S. National Teams. PDL coaches will be in attendance to scout talent, along with USL National Technical Director Peter Mellor, a longtime USSF Staff Coach.

Parker Maher Joins Upper Hutt

While some of his teammates are spending their Summer working out on campus or playing PDL soccer, Joplin native Parker Maher is in New Zealand playing in their top league. He should have seen action today in fact.

Parker, pictured above on the left with two other recent signees, joins Brian Pasierb and Andy Cooper of the Bears who played for Upper Hut in 2008 followed by Springfield native Patrick Carver in 2009. It’s worth checking out the links on the previous stories just for some of the photos the boys shared.

Of course, it’s much easier to follow Parker’s exploits now then it was just a few years ago. Follow Upper Hutt City Football on Facebook or via their website to stay up-to-date.


James Fawke Featured in Glouchester Echo

James-Fawke-Missouri-State-soccerSophomore defender James Fawke, who was named to the all-MVC second team this season, was featured in his hometown paper Saturday.

Fawke targeting top-level action as US adventure revives career

Currently out of season, Fawke attends classes in the morning, before doing weights, fitness work, and football training in the afternoon.
During the season, training becomes much more football-orientated and academic work takes a back seat.
The 20-year-old has two years left on his contract and is clear in his ambitions for the future.
“The dream has always been to play football at the top level, whether that means I’m playing in America or England,” he said.

Read more at the Gloucester Echo.

You can follow Jeff on Twitter at @jfawke. And yes, that’s my photo he’s using in his profile 🙂