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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

Other recent players include

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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Springfield Soccer Club Alumni Are Going Dancing – Part II

SLU Billikens Ian Newport, Ryan Moses, Devon Newport
SLU Billikens Ian Newport, Ryan Moses, Devon Newport
The Springfield Soccer Club is again well represented in the NCAA Division I Men’s Tournament which begins on campus sites across the nation on November 19, 2009. Last weekend saw several Springfield Soccer Club alumni representing their schools in the NCAA Division II and III Men’s Tournament and the NCAA Division III Women’s Tournament.

Missouri State University Bears will attempt to garner their first NCAA Tournament victory as they take on the Saint Louis University Billikens at Hermann Stadium on Thursday November 19th with kick-off starting at 7:00pm. The Bears are represented by Heath Melugin, Nick Dryden, and Justin Scicluna. Across the field the Billikens will also have three Springfield Soccer Club alumni with Ian Newport, Devon Newport and Ryan Moses wearing the Billikens blue and white.

Other NCAA Division I Men’s matchups will see Andrew Parsons and the University of New Mexico Lobos against the University of Portland Pilots. Northwestern University and Chris Tombridge out of the Big Ten Conference received a first round bye and will face the winner of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the University of Notre Dame. Drake University Bulldogs and Colin Lawter will have a first round game vs. Western Illinois University in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday November 19th. Seeking their eighth NCAA Championship the Indiana University Hoosiers and Graham Basecke will begin post-season play by hosting the Cardinal from the University of Louisville.

In the NCAA Division III Men’s Tournament Loras College will host Dominican University on Saturday November 21st in the round of Sweet 16. The Duhawks are seeking their third straight NCAA Division III College Cup appearance.

On the Division III Women’s side Emily Jordan and the Concordia College Cobbers will have a Sweet 16 matchup vs. Lynchburg College out of Virginia on Saturday November 21st and the games are being held in San Antonio, TX.

Follow all of the action at www.ncaa.com and locally at www.SGFsoccer.com

This information was provided by Springfield SC
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10/7 Southwest Region High School Soccer Report

Kickapoo Chiefs – 1
Joplin Eagles – 0
Goal by Brock Ruggeri, assisted by Skyler Russell

Parkview Vikings – 5
West Plains Zizzers – 0
Goals by Tim Griffin (3), Jared Moore and Tanner Bennett. Shutout by Rudy Fotsch

Glendale Falcons – 9
Lebanon Yellowjackets – 1
Devon Newport scored 4 goals and moved into second on the Falcon’s Career scoring list for goals in a single season. Patrick Baltz (3G), Ian Newport (1G/1A), Chris Maddox (1G), Ryan Partch (1A), Ryan Harbach (1A), Josh Hunt (1A), Graham Basecke (1A) all earned points as well.

Rolla Bulldogs – 10
Hillcrest Hornets – 1

Carthage Tigers – 9
Branson Pirates – 0
The Tigers received goals from five different players in a 9-0 win against their new Central Ozark Conference rivals. The Tigers are now 13-2 overall and one step closer to their first ever conference championship. Carthage is 5-0 in the COC with one conference game remaining against Nixa.

NCA Warriors -2
Willard Tigers – 0
Goals by Jeremy Weimer and Dylan Corbett

Bolivar Liberator – 3 (2 OT)
Marshfield Blue Jays – 2
While Bolivar jumped out to an early lead with a pair of goals, the Jays fought back and tied the game in the 50th minute. The game winner came in the 92nd minute, it was the third of Kyle “toad” Slagle’s goals on the evening. Slagle got the game winner on a 60 yard free kick. Toad took the kick from beyond midfield. The ball bounced once, Matt Magana, the keeper and a defender all went up for the ball. The keep got his fingertips on it, but the momentum carried the ball into the net for the golden goal!

Springfield Catholic – 8
Logan-Rogersville Wildcats – 0
The Irish got goals from 5 different players, including 4 from David Bailey. Matthew Simpson had the shutout in goal.sunny escort dubai

9/11 Southwest Missouri High School Soccer Report

Hillcrest Hornets – 5
Rogersville Wildcats – 1
The Wildcats took the initial lead in this game until the Hornets turned it up a notch. Bryce Collier tied the game enroute to scoring a pair of goals, Mitch Easter got the game-winner and Michael Freeman and Ben Ballhorn added goals as well. Midfielder Wes Bird scored for the Wildcats.

Bolivar Liberators – 3
Branson Pirates – 0
Dakota Smith, Kyle Slagle and Bradley Stillwagon scored for the Liberators. Dale Baker recorded his third shutout of the season.

Catholic Fightin’ Irish – 5
West Plains Zizzers – 0

Glendale Falcons – 2
North KC Hornets – 1
Graham Basecke and Cameron Dugan each scored for the Falcons, assisted in both cases by Devon Newport. Glendale will now play in the Final of the KS-MO Challenge on Saturday against either SM East or Blue Valley North. Game time is 6:00 pm which is too early to see the Wizards vs Galaxy match at 4pm. Too bad boys…

Joplin Eagles – 9
Monett Cubs – 2

Carl Junction Bulldogs – 2
Webb City Cardinals – 1call girls in dubai

Missouri Nets Two Parade All-Americans

SLUH Billikens Defeat DeSmet Spartans Missed this announcement back in late May but it’s worth posting now. From the St Louis Post-Dispatch:

In 1980, St. Mary’s High senior Keith Meyer was honored by Parade magazine as its high school boys player of the year. This year’s All-America team, which will be featured in the Parade Magazine in the Sunday Post-Dispatch, will include two area standouts — SLUH’s Tommy Meyer and DeSmet’s Will Bruin. Tommy, (who is) Keith’s son, was also named to the Parade team last year.

Meyer, who stands 6 feet 2 and weighs 170 pounds, will begin his collegiate career in the fall at Indiana University, his father’s alma mater. Keith Meyer, also a defender, helped the Hoosiers capture their first two national championships in 1982 and 1983.

Will Bruin (pictured in a game against DeSmet October 13th 2007), a 6-foot-2, 195-pound striker, was a two-time All-Metro selection who had 29 goals and 16 assists last fall as a senior, completing his Spartans career with 103 goals and 39 assists. He will also attend and play at IU.

They’ll be joined by Graham Basecke, Glendale Falcons/Springfield SC, in the Fall of 2009.

And who can name Springfield’s only Parade All-American soccer player?

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