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Melugin and Maher Earn Top Honors for Missouri State in MVC


ST. LOUIS – Creighton, the nation’s top-ranked team in the NCAA’s RPI report and the 2nd-ranked team in the NSCAA national rankings, has claimed the league’s top individual honor, with the Bluejays’ senior forward Ethan Finlay taking the league’s Player of the Year honors. Creighton’s Andrew Duran has been tabbed the Valley’s Defensive Player of the Year, while Bluejay senior Brian Holt has been named the Goalkeeper of the Year. Finlay, Duran and Holt headline a list of 23 student-athletes named to the 2011 MVC All-Conference teams, selected by the coaches, and announced by the league office Thursday. The all-conference teams will be recognized at an awards reception tonight in Omaha, Neb.

Eight Missouri State men’s soccer players were named to all-conference teams announced at the annual banquet held prior to the State Farm MVC Men’s Soccer Championship on Thursday evening. Senior forward Heath Melugin highlighted the Bears award winners after being named to the All-MVC first team for the first time in his career.

All five seniors were placed on an all-conference squad as Thomas Vania was named to the second team, while Gerard Barbero, David Buckenheimer and Jordan Hoffman received honorable mention recognition. Three Bears were named to the MVC All-Freshman team including James Fawke, Parker Maher and Andrew Turner.

Melugin has continued his impressive career on and off the field during his senior campaign. The Springfield, Mo. native earned one MVC Offensive Player of the Week honor, two Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards, and was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District VI first team. Throughout league play, he ranked among the MVC’s best in several categories as he was tied for the conference-lead in points (8), goals (3) and game-winning goals (2) heading into the postseason. On the year, the preseason All-MVC selection led the Bears in points, goals, shots, shots on goal and game-winners. With his performances this season, Melugin now ranks fifth on MSU’s career list for game-winners (7), seventh in goals (21) and ninth in points (51).

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Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
#%Brian Holt Creighton GK Sr. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep)
Andrew Duran Creighton D Sr. Mokena, Ill. (Lincoln-Way East)
#&Tyler Polak Creighton D So. Lincoln, Neb. (Bradenton Prep)
Ryan Wilhelm SIUE D Sr. St. Louis, Mo. (CBC)
^Greg Jordan Creighton MF Sr. Naperville, Ill. (Central)
Matt Kuhn Drake MF Sr. Raytown, Mo. (Raytown South)
Christian Meza Bradley MF Sr. Carpentersville, Ill. (Dundee-Crown)
*Charlie Schwartz Drake MF Sr. Bettendorf, Iowa (Bettendorf)
^@Ethan Finlay Creighton F Sr. Marshfield, Wis. (Marshfield)
^!Bryan Gaul Bradley F Sr. Naperville, Ill. (Neuqua Valley)
#Heath Melugin Missouri State F Sr. Springfield, Mo. (Kickapoo)
^First-team selection in 2010; #Second-team in 2010; *HM in 2010; @First-team in 2009; %Second-team in 2009; !HM in 2009

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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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Missouri State Bears Defeat #4 ranked Creighton Blue Jays

Missouri State Bears, Heath Melugin (2012)
Congratulations to the Bears on their great win at home last night. Wish I didn’t have to leave Springfield for them to get over that hump!

The historic win can be viewed on Mediacom, channel 22 on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m., Sunday, October 16 at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, October 18 at 4 p.m. In addition, the replay of the game will be made available on Mediacom On-Demand. The only other televised Missouri State men’s soccer game was the MSU 5-0 win over Texas-Pan American on October 10, 1996 at Cooper Field.

From MissouriStateBears.com — In its first-ever win over a top-five opponent, the Missouri State men’s soccer team (4-5-2, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference) upset No. 4 Creighton (10-2, 0-1 MVC) in a 1-0 shutout on Wednesday at Plaster Field. The Bears have won three out of the past four matches and registered their second shutout of the season.

“The defense came out prepared, they were organized, played tight zones,” said head coach Jon Leamy. “That’s how we got the first goal. Heath pressured well, got mixed up with their goalkeeper and buried it and put us on top. It’s a big win for us.”

Missouri State’s game-winner came halfway through the first half on a Creighton defensive breakdown. A ricocheted ball off of Bluejay goalkeeper Brian Holt conveniently made its way back to Heath Melugin who took full advantage of the blunder. From 15 yards out, the senior midfielder chipped the ball into a wide open net to put the Bears up 1-0 in the 23rd minute. Melugin has now scored in two consecutive matches and moved into the team lead in points with seven and tied for the team lead in goals with two.escort web sites

Heath Melugin, Missouri State Bears (2012)

Heath Melugin Named To CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-American 2nd Team

Heath Melugin, Missouri State Bears (2012)
Heath Melugin, Missouri State Bears (2012)
Missouri State junior men’s soccer player Heath Melugin was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America second team, the organization announced today. Melugin holds a cumulative 3.96 grade point average and is majoring in cell and molecular biology.

Melugin was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District VII first team on November 2, the second-consecutive year that he has received the honor. He also received the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor award this fall.

On the field, Melugin led the Bears with seven goals on the season. He also led the team in points (15), shots taken (48) and shots on goal (22).

In 2009, Melugin scored a team-high six goals. He was named to the Academic All-MVC first team and earned MVC All-Tournament honors after scoring in the semifinal match.

Melugin was named to the MVC All-Freshman team in 2008. He scored three goals in his freshman campaign, two of which were game-winners.famous hookers

Gerard Barbero, Missouri State Bears (2012)

Melugin and Barbero Earn MVC Honors For Bears

Heath Melugin, Missouri State Bears (2012)
Heath Melugin, Missouri State Bears (2012)
Junior Missouri State men’s soccer player Heath Melugin was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District VII first team today. It is the second-consecutive year that Melugin has received the honor. Melugin holds a cumulative 3.96 grade point average and is majoring in cell and molecular biology.

On the field, Melugin leads the Bears with six goals on the season. He also leads the team in shots taken (32) and shots on goal (14). His 13 points are tied for the team lead.

In 2009, Melugin scored a team-high six goals. He was named to the Academic All-MVC first team and earned MVC All-Tournament honors after scoring in the semifinal match.

Melugin was named to the MVC All-Freshman team in 2008. He scored three goals in his freshman campaign, two of which were game-winners.

Gerard Barbero, Missouri State Bears (2012)
Gerard Barbero, Missouri State Bears (2012)
Junior Missouri State men’s soccer player Gerard Barbero was named Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced today.

Barbero has been stellar in his move to the backline this season. He scored his fifth goal of the season on Saturday night, the game-winner in the 85th minute. It was his third game-winning goal of the season, the best on the team. He added an assist on Tuesday on the Eric Martin goal in the 65th minute. His 13 points on the season are tied for the team lead.

He has also been a key cog in the Missouri State defense that has pitched three consecutive shutouts. On the week, he helped the defense allow just three shots on goal in both the match against Memphis and the win over Bradley.

The Bears head to No. 10 Creighton on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. match. Missouri State will return home for the regular season finale on Saturday, November 6, the “Living Our Legacy” game presented by Verizon. The match will feature active military and veterans recognition ceremonies. The event will help raise money for the Ozarks Honor Flight. The first 400 fans to the 7:00 p.m. match will receive a free t-shirt.dubai escort independent