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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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Max Duncan, Joplin Eagles, To Become Drake Bulldog

Joplin Eagles, Max Duncan (2010)
Joplin Eagles, Max Duncan (2010)
The college recruiting cycle is a never-ending process for the players and the coaches. There are already a pair of Division I prospects who have verbally committed this season to play beginning in the Fall 2010. Today you meet one of them, Max Duncan of the Joplin Eagles who has committed to the Drake Bulldogs. That’s always good news when a local product joins a program that will allow us to follow their progress with at least a pair of games at Missouri State in the next 4 years. The video is less than 4 minutes and Max offers feedback on his recruiting cycle, the keys to being discovered and what a freshman or sophomore should be thinking about now if they want to play college ball, especially at the Division 1 level.


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Springfield SC U18 Boys End Their Region II Run

Region 2 2009 logoThe Springfield SC U18 boys squad will be arriving home tonight and tomorrow, having been eliminated from the Region II tournament following their loss to Javanon (KY) today. Three straight trips, two that included reaching the semifinals, and college soccer plans for every young man that chose to continue playing, is a pretty nice legacy. They have also set the standard that every team in the region will now have to shoot for. Congratulations fellows and continued success.

Max Duncan (Joplin HS) has advanced to the semifinals with the KC Wizard Juniors U17 team. The U16 team has also advanced.

Missouri will have plenty of representation going forward:
U19 Boys – Scott Gallagher advances
U18 Boys – both Lou Fusz and Scott-Gallagher have advanced to the semifinals and could face each other in the final on Wednesday
U14 Boys – Scott-Gallagher Academy advances
U19 Girls – Scott-Gallagher advances, although Chelsea Russell is out with injuries (this team were National Champions as U15 players)
U16 Girls – Scott-Gallagher Green advances
U15 Girls – Scott-Gallagher Green, losers to SG United in the MO Cup Final, advance while their club mates, including Molly Brewer, lose Monday
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9/9 Ozark Conference High School Soccer Report

Kickapoo Chiefs host Camdenton Lakers

Kickapoo Chiefs – 2
Camdenton Lakers – 1
In a hard fought battle, the two Conference rivals went toe-to-toe and both came away disappointed tonight. The Chief’s goals were both scored by junior Skyler Russell as Kickapoo’s new 4-3-3 formation brought them the offensive output needed to win the game. Russell’s first goal was scored in the 25th minute as he moved across from his wing forward position and challenged for a ball. Upon winning it, he quickly turned back before unleashing a 25 yard shot that skipped past the GK’s outstretched arms.

The Laker’s surprised the Chief’s as well, coming out early in the 2nd half and getting a game-tying goal in the 49th minute from senior forward Jeff Moffitt. It stayed knotted at 1-1 as both goal keepers played very well, with junior Ryan Moriarty for the Laker’s making some fine reaction saves in the box including one against Ryan Moses from 6 yards out. Kickapoo’s Chris Tombridge patrolled 40 yards beyond the endline for the Chief’s in blunting several counter-attack efforts by Camdenton as well as a point blank shot by Rayder Bennett.

The game winner was a beauty, scored in the 53rd minute when senior Ryan Moses sent a 50 yard ball into the Laker’s goal box. Russell ran under the ball, shielding the defender as he positioned himself to control the ball. Or so the defender thought, as the left-footed volley blew past the goal keeper from 15 yards out. Russell also attempted a bicycle later, as the Lakers were caught napping on a throw-in, but the keeper responded to the challenge.

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Parkview Vikings – 5
Hillcrest Hornets – 1
Bryce Collier scored unassisted for Hillcrest, earning them the early lead. Parkview came back however with five goals to earn the win. Tim Griffin had 3 and Jared Moore and Vance Marlow each added a goal.

Lebanon Yellowjackets – 2 (PK’s)
West Plains Zizzers – 1
In a game that went to PK’s following two OT’s, the Yellowjackets prevailed at home. Ethan Hunt scored for the Zizzers, #7 for the Yellowjackets – Lebanon Senior Kyle Strief, defender, scored on a header off of a corner, also scored the winning PK.

Rolla Bulldogs – 3
Joplin Eagles – 2
Rolla scored first with a goal from senior Tyler Sinnott. Sinnott, who was assisted by senior Andrew Chism, scored in the first minute of the game. They paired up again in the 22nd minute before Max Duncan got Joplin within one in the 55th and Samuel Yount tied the game. Rolla’s Cody Martin got the game winner in the 65th minute. From the Joplin Globe story:

“Rolla is one of the best teams in the conference,” Miller said. “You have to play with them every minute of the game. We just weren’t there in the first half.”

Meanwhile, the Glendale Falcons were on the road to Kansas City where they are taking part in the Kansas-Missouri Classic where they defeated the Washburn Rural Junior Blues, 2-1. Devon Newport (1G/1A), Ryan Squires (1G), Graham Basecke (1A), Patrick Baltz (1A).arab tranny

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Branson Pirates – 2
Logan-Rogersville Wildcats – 3
Only the JV played tonight folks, in a steady rain that soon became a downpour which led to the cancellation of the Varsity game. The score above is for the JV, with the Wildcat’s scoring the first goal in the 21st minute when captain #7 got down into the right corner. His cross went through the GK’s hands and fell to #17 at the far post who buried it reliably.

New Covenant Warriors – 3
Greenwood Blue Jays – 0
Via an NCA fan – First goal off an impressive header by Dylan Corbett early in the second half. Brett Murray extended the lead via a PK soon after.

The Warriors ended the game with a late goal by Dylan Fieker. This was a District 6 game, so early advantage to the defending champs.

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Glendale Falcons vs Parkview VikingsGlendale Falcons – 1
Parkview Vikings – 0
At Glendale, in a light but growing rain, the Falcons played some pretty soccer but were only able to score one as the Vikings appear to have their strongest team since 2005 when these two went at each other. Their blue collar approach and preparation gave them opportunities but in the end the Falcon’s got the goal they needed. It came in the 60th minute from a direct kick by Devon Newport, into the upper 90, after his brother Ian was pulled down just outside the box. District 11 is going to be tough!

Camdenton Lakers – 7
West Plains Zizzers – 1
Drew Whitney scored the first goal of the season for the Laker’s around the 25 min mark and the wake only got larger. Goals from Rayder Bennett (2), Jeron Sinclair (2), Jeff Moffitt and Jeff Dorhauer provided the final margin. Jason McAllister got the late goal for the Zizzers, from Anthony Holt.

Marshfield Blue Jays – 1
Ozark Tigers – 2 (OT)
From the Marshfield Jays website: The Tigers got the first goal of the game, off a corner kick with just 10:41 left on the clock. The Jays just played with more determination. Then with the clock in stoppage time, Willis Zirschky answered Ozarks corner kick with one of his own. He sent the ball in to the far post and Ethan Jernigan was there to head it into the back of the box. This brought the game to a tie with just seconds left in the half. The fans went WILD!!!

Rolla Bulldogs – 11
Crocker Lions – 1

Willard Tigers – 10
Aurora Houn’Dawgs – 0

Waynesville Tigers – 3
Hillcrest Hornets – 0
Goals were scored by Eric Iverson (30:31 first half) assisted by Gehrig Haberstock, Eric Iverson (1:32 second half) unassisted, and Tim Collier (20:12 second half) assisted by Jeff Brayman. Wade Holcomb had the shutout for the tigers.

Joplin Eagles – 6
Lebanon Yellowjackets – 0
The Eagles got a pair of goals each from junior Max Duncan and Jordan Adame with Geovanni Lara and Miguel Farias completing the scoring.

Thomas Jefferson – 10
Columbus (KS) – 1
Alex Motch had a fine night with 6 goals, almost matched by his teammate Alex Oserowsky who had 4.

Webb City Cardinals – 1
College Heights – 0
The Cardinal’s squeaked by their small school neighbor to the South, Austin Doran getting the game-winner.
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