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Where Does Heath Melugin Rank in Springfield Soccer History?

I don’t know where I’ll rank in headline writing when my story is written, but I’ve got a three topics I want to cover today. Recruiting, Heath and finally, his final regular season home game scheduled for this Sunday. If you want to understand the first two, you owe it to yourself to attend the “Legacy Game” between Missouri State and SIUE at 6:00 pm Sunday.

Heath can thank this post on my otherwise dormant site to a current Kickapoo player with dreams of D1 stardom. His Mom was kind enough to purchase some photos from the Glendale derby game when I was in Springfield a month ago and I shared some comments on her son’s strong performance that evening. That begat a recruiting email exchange. When she brought up the families D1 aspirations, I shared my opinion that I thought her son might be better served considering D2 or D3. The conversation ended at that point, I haven’t heard back from them.

I understand that folks don’t want to hear my frank assessment but I do want their child to have a positive college experience and pursuing a Division 1 dream requires not only talent but good grades and hard work, both on and off the pitch. The same holds true for D2, D3 and NAIA programs but I see more players leave D1 programs, thus interrupting their college experience, arguably the best time you will have in your life. Take a look at the list of College Players I maintained for several years and you’ll get an idea.

When I look at the players who grew up in this region and went on to college play, two played four years of Division 1 soccer and had significant careers. Nick Dryden, West Plains/Missouri State and Heath Melugin, Kickapoo/Missouri State.

Nick Dryden (West Plains) played at Missouri State from 2006 – 2009, starting 61 of 80 games during his four years with his sophomore (18 of 20) and junior (22 of 22) accounting for the most significant contributions. Playing as a defender, he scored 4 goals and had 1 assist during that period.

Here is Heath’s bio from the Missouri State Bears site:
At Missouri State: Melugin, who was selected to the 2011 preseason All-MVC team with teammate Gerard Barbero, will look to add to his productive career and be a major contributor to the Bears’ offense this season.

2010: Melugin was the front runner of a Bears offense that was very productive in 2010. Melugin earned his third letter with team starting in 17 of the teams 18 matches and led the team in several categories such as goals, points, shots and shots on goal. Against Southern Methodist (9/1), Melugin tallied his first goal of the season off a Gerard Barbero assist. He then came back three games later and added his second goal of the season against IUPUI. The scoring didn’t stop coming from Melugin, he added another goal against Louisville (9/18). His fourth goal came on the road against conference opponent Eastern Illinois. Melugin helped secure the win against conference rival Evansville with fifth goal of the season. He turned around six days later and added his sixth goal of the season against Memphis (10/26). That was the second time during the season that Melugin recorded a goal in consecutive games. His only assist of the season came against Bradley (10/30) to Gerard Barbero. Heath added his seventh and final goal of the season against Evansville in the MVC conference tournament (11/10). For his achievements on the field, Melugin received second team All-MVC Team, MVC All-Tournament Team, and second team NSCAA All-Midwest Region Team. As successful as Melugin was on the field he was far more successful off the field. He received the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award, first team MVC Scholar-Athlete Team, Prairie Farms/MissouriValley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week (10/27), second team CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-American, and first team CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District VII for his work in the classroom and in the Springfield community.

2009: Melugin earned his second letter after scoring a team-high six goals while starting 18 of 19 matches played. His 31 shots taken and 13 shots on goal each ranked second on the team. In the Bears’ match against UMKC (9/5), Melugin scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 Missouri State victory. He registered his second career multi-goal match scoring twice, including the game-winner, and adding an assist in a 4-0 win over Centenary (La.) (9/16). He recorded an unassisted goal against Bradley (10/24). He tallied another unassisted goal in the 74th minute of the MVC Tournament semifinal against Evansville (11/13) to tie the match and send it into overtime. He was named to the MVC All-Tournament team for his effort. He netted to Bears’ only goal in the NCAA Tournament loss at Saint Louis (11/19). Off the field, Melugin was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete and the COSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII first teams for his success in the classroom.

2008: Melugin made the most of his first season on campus as he finished tied for second on the team in total points (8) while contributing 15 starts and appearing in all 22 of the Bears’ games. He found the net three times, including two game winners, while compiling 25 shots on the season. His first collegiate goal and game-winner came against Howard (10/3), and against Central Arkansas (10/8) he knocked in two goals, including the game winner. Melugin added two assists against Drake (10/11) and Eastern Illinois (11/12). He ended the season with 10 straight starts, including all of the Bears’ conference games in the regular season and the MVC Tournament. Melugin was honored for his outstanding performance by being named to the MVC all-freshmen team.

Background: Melugin finished his prep career at Springfield Kickapoo first in career points and assists, season points and assists, and second in career goals with 115 and goals in a season with 55 in 2007. As team captain his senior year, Melugin was named first-team all-district, all-conference, all-Ozarks, all-region, all-Midwest and all-state. He was also named district and regional MVP as he helped his team through district, conference, sectional, and quarterfinals to a third place finish. As a junior, Melugin suffered a season-ending injury at the mid-point of the season, but still managed to collect first-team all-district, all-conference, all-Ozarks, all-region and second-team all-state honors. Melugin was also a four-year member of the Missouri and Region II Olympic Development Program teams. He traveled with the Region II team to Los Angeles and Costa Rica.

Personal: Heath Philip Melugin is the son of Phil and Kimberly Melugin. He was born Jan. 9, 1990, in Wichita, Kan. He is majoring in cell and molecular biology at MSU. Melugin, who has a 3.97 cumulative GPA in cell and molecular biology, was recently accepted to the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Heath Melugin at Missouri State
Year MP-MS Sh G A Pts. GW
2008 22-15 25 3 2 8 2
2009 19-18 31 6 1 13 2
2010 18-17 48 7 1 15 2
Career 59-50 104 16 4 36 6

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Devon Newport (Glendale) started strong at St Louis University, earning regular starts and playing time at outside midfield as a freshman and moving into an attacking midfielder role his sophomore year when he finished as one of the leading scorers for the Billikens. He played in one exhibition game for the Billikens this year and then transferred to SIUE where he is on the roster but ineligible to play. He should play a key role for the Cougars his final two years where his former Club coach, Jeremy Alumbaugh, is an assistant on the Cougars staff.

Graham Basecke (Glendale) was Newports Club teammate on two state championship teams as well as anchoring the Falcon’s defense when they finished 2nd at State three years ago. He began his career at Indiana where he red-shirted, transferred to SLU and has since left the team.

Ryan Moses (Kickapoo) was one of four Springfield SC teammates (with Newport and Basecke) who began at SLU and transferred to Missouri State this season where he has played in half of the games, starting one.

Tommy Tombridge (Kickapoo) is the fourth SSC player from the two-time State Championship squad to go D1, signing with Northwestern. As a goalkeeper, he was waiting for the established starter the last two years. This, his junior season, he has played in 3 games, starting 1 as a freshman has taken the starting position.

Max Duncan (Joplin) started 9 games and played in 16 of the 18 games the Drake Bulldogs played in 2010 as a freshman. He made the MVC All-Freshman team as well. He is no longer listed on the roster and I have heard from sources that he is once again living in Joplin and working for the family business.

Parker Maher (Joplin), who has started 7 of the 13 games Missouri State had played when I began this piece, is one of 11 players who also have over 700 minutes played this season. Maher, and his twin brother, both graduated a year early from Joplin and Parker has the tools to become one of the best if he can stay healthy.

Tyler Williams (Kickapoo) was recruited to Southern Methodist where he was rostered as a freshman but did not play to my knowledge. He is now pursuing a photography career.

There are other players who have made a significant impact at their school by finding a good fit. The photo at the top, from 2006 features Tyler Williams (1st from left), along with Melugin (2nd) and John Duncan (4th) with his brother Max (6th) following a District game at Joplin that year. John Duncan played in the NCAA Tourney twice with the WashU Bears and earned kudos from his coach as well as a great degree.

Patrick Carver (Parkview) went on to achieve All-American status two years while playing at Emory.

So what do you think? Where does Heath fit and what are your recruiting plans?

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Devon Newport (Glendale/SSC) With The Ball

Devon Newport Playing in U23 National Championship

Devon Newport (Glendale/SSC) With The Ball
Devon Newport (Glendale/SSC) With The Ball
Devon Newport (SLU/Glendale 2009/Springfield SC) along with Jordan Hoffman of the Missouri State Bears are playing for a U23 national title on Sunday. The Scott Gallagher squad, coached by CBC/Columbia College grad Matt Mueller, face the Carolina Railhawks in the 2011 USASA National Cup Finals in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Sunday morning.

The squad defeated FC United New York 2-0 on Friday afternoon to reach the U23 final.

The Post-Dispatch talked to Coach Mueller about the tournament.

“The majority of these guys grew up playing Scott Gallagher soccer under Tommy Howe; not all of them played together all that time, but they all know how to play the game and they’re used to being successful,” Mueller said. “We know we have a good team and we’re expecting to make a run at a championship.”

Likely starters for Mueller’s squad include Mark Pais (Ladue/SLU) in goal; Chad Vandegriffe (Chaminade/SLU), Ryan Wilhelm (CBC/SIUE), Benny Jeffery (Hazelwood Central/SIUE), and Jake Dobbins (Marquette/Tulsa) in the backfield; and Nick Maglasang (SLUH/SLU), Brian Schultz (SLUH/DePaul), Jordan Hoffman (Parkway Central/Missouri State) and Devon Newport (SLU) in the midfield. Up front, Alim Sabotic (Mehlville/UMSL) had been playing alongside Kevin Stoll (Chaminade/SIUE), but Stoll is out due to a knee injury. Possible replacements include Tom Gaus (DeSmet/Tulsa) and Peter Hyde (Chaminade/UMSL).

Note – Mueller worked the Drury Panthers Soccer Camp last week, prior to heading to KY for the tournament.

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Devon Newport, SLU Billikens (2013)

Devon Newport Nets Game Winner For Billikens

Devon Newport, SLU Billikens (2013)
Devon Newport, SLU Billikens (2013)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Saint Louis sophomore midfielder Devon Newport (Springfield, Mo./Glendale) netted his first career goal as the Billikens ousted host George Washington 1-0 Sunday in Atlantic 10 Conference men’s soccer action at Mount Vernon Field.

The Billikens improve to 4-5-2 overall and 2-2-0 in A-10. Next week, they travel to No. 23 Charlotte for a key Friday night A-10 matchup. Game time is set for 6 p.m. (CT). George Washington falls to 2-10-0 and 0-3-0 in the league.

Newport put the Billikens on the board at 16:45. Sophomore Alex Sweetin played a ball into the box that Newport managed to bury past George Washington keeper Brendan Lafferty. It was Newport’s first career tally and Sweetin’s team-leading third assist.

“We had a lot to play for today,” SLU head coach Mike McGinty said. “The guys responded well after a disappointing loss Friday night. On the goal, Alex did a great job getting on the end of a ball and squared it across to Devin, who didn’t quit on the play. As the game went on we had several chances to put the game away but we were unable to. The guys did a good job managing the rest of the match and we got a good result.”female escort sites

Heath Melugin, Missouri State Bears challenges for ball

Missouri State Bears Draw At St Louis Billikens

Heath Melugin, Missouri State Bears challenges for ball
Heath Melugin, Missouri State Bears challenges for ball
St Louis University Billikens – 0
Missouri State Bears – 0
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Missouri State men’s soccer team (3-4-1, 1-0-0) played the Saint Louis Billikens (2-2-2) to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in St. Louis, Mo., on Tuesday night. The last time the two teams played to a draw was in 2000.

Missouri State’s defense held the Billikens to just eight shots, three on goal. Senior goalkeeper Alex Riggs made all three saves. The shutout is the first for Missouri State in the 13-game series history.

The Saint Louis defense was equally as tough as the Bears were only able to muster six shots in the match. Paul Paradise led the Bears with two shots. Edin Sabic had the Bears’ lone shot on frame and it came in the second overtime period. Missouri State registered three of its six shots in the second overtime.

Saint Louis earned five corners in the match while Missouri State had two. The physical match saw double-digit fouls on each team.

The Bears will continue their extended road trip with a visit to Northwestern on Sunday, October 3. Kickoff in Evanston, Ill., is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Missouri State’s next home match is on Saturday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. against conference foe, Drake, at Plaster Field.

OLE’S NOTES: First, a shout out to MSU Alum Zack Larsen who pulled 60 alumni and fans to the pre-game event tonight. He applied the lessons he learned in Missouri State’s Entertainment Management program well.

The game tonight saw limited offensive opportunities with the Billiken’s coming closest, only one from the run of play if memory serves. When the Billiken’s did get into the box, goalkeeper Alex Riggs and his defensive line delivered. Thomas Vania and Cal Roselieb both made key saves and Rigg’s controlled his box. The first half belonged to the Billiken’s as they controlled the majority of the play while the second half saw the Bear’s take a more aggressive approach that led to a stronger attack. Unfortunately the set pieces were unreliable tonight with balls exceeding players reach. Not a loss, as the defense is strengthening as the Conference schedule begins but not a win. As our enthusiastic SID notes, it’s the first time in 12 meetings that the Billikens were held scoreless.

Sophomore Devon Newport (Glendale/Springfield SC) played the entire match except for the final OT period for the Bill’s. Junior Heath Melugin (Kickapoo/Springfield SC) continues in his starting role for the Bears but was held without a shot in tonight’s game.

Saint Louis (2-2-1) hosts Missouri State (3-4-0) Tuesday at Hermann Stadium in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament first-round game, won by the Billikens. SLU is coming off a 1-0 overtime victory against Drake Saturday while Missouri State won at Central Arkansas, in their MVC opener, on an OT goal scored by Gerard Barbero. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m

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Tonight is the big “Meet and Greet” at OUR Bears Den to be held at the Buffalo Brewing Company 1 block from Saint Louis University’s Hermann Stadium. Coach Jon Leamy will be in attendance around 5:00PM and will spend some time with Bear Fans, MSU Alumni, and families before the game. Event organizer, Zack Larsen expects 40 or so folks at this point to attend!

The first 50 people who attend OUR “Bears Den” at the Buffalo Brewing Company (located 1 block from the stadium) can sign a pass list and be admitted to the game free of charge. Yes folks this is not a misprint, FREE OF CHARGE!!! Zack will make the pass list available at the admission gates by 6:45PM. Also, any Bear fan can print the special Missouri State Voucherand be admitted to the game for $4 (half price). You can print as many as needed!! Tickets at the gate will be $8 for an adult and $6 for a youth 12 and under (without the voucher).

For information, contact Zack Larsen at (314) 303-9019.
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Glendale Falcons Hold First Ever Alumni Game

A large group gathered Sunday evening on the freshly mowed and lined Glendale pitch for the 1st Annual Alumni game, organized by 2004 graduate Maddy Senkowski. With representation from the class of 1992 to 2010, the game pulled a group that put a smile on Coach Jeff Rogers face as he prepares to begin his 21st year at Glendale.

I’ll try and name as many as I can. Feel free to leave a comment or send me a note using the Contact form with more details.

Back row: Clay Mason, Adam Benton, Jake Meyers, John Reinart, Bryan Horton, Ian Newport, Josh Hunt, Justin Rogers, Brandon Baum, Ryan Frewin, Stephen Conner, Danny Collins, Taylor Hutchens, Todd Buzbee, Jacob Basecke, Ryan Frierson, Andrew Parsons, Josh Keisker, Brian Henderson, Brik Wilson.
Middle: Devon Newport, Chris Pellham, Michael Nesbitt, Ryan Sanders, Ian Shipps.
Front row: Lorin Opfer, Lindsey Sprouse, Maddie Senkosky, Ben Brixey, Ryan Partch, Jamie Keisker, Jamey McLean, Katie Starcke, Kristy Ward, Jeff Rogers

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