By Pao Lor
Photo by Ian Gray
Michael Charteris, a freshman, goes for goal at home game.
The Cyclones started its’ season on August 15, 2011.
The team had three returning players (Nick Neuhoff, Tony Reffke and Kristy Vande Hey) and many first year players.
The current roster has twenty-one players.
With the lack of experience, for the team to compete competitively, the players had to learn quickly.
At practices, the team focuses on three simple principles: hustling, defending and passing.
The Cyclones got to a rough start to the season, losing a non-conference game 3-4 to UW-Sheboygan.
The team rebounded at the UW-Fond du Lac Tournament Invite, with two ties and our first win of the season, but the Cyclones gave up a total of 13 goals in the four games.
For the Cyclones to be a contender in the 2011 conference season, we needed to tighten our defense.
Once we moved into conference play, I made a couple switches, moving Eric Gonnering from midfield to goalie and changing a few defenders around.
With the changes and with the players continuing to play at a high level, the Cyclones played more consistent defense, giving up 6 goals in a nine game span, pushing its’ overall records to 10-1-2 and in the process, capturing the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference title with a record of 7-0.
In the nine game span, the Cyclones’ offense also did its’ part, outscoring the opponents 50 goals to 6 goals.
Leading the defense includes TJ LaCrosse, Nick Neuhoff, Brian Loomis, Kyle Biessen, Tony Reffke and Sam Schultz.
Leading the offense includes Juac Majok, Josh LaMarche, Yang Sor Lee, Mbua Fonkem, Nathaneal Miller and Michael Charteris.
The reserves (Royale Fischer, Alex Delgado, Jamie Williams, Kristy Vande Hey, Dillon Mier, Kacie Weddig, Lindsey Janikowski and Ben Brooker) continue to do an outstanding job filling in.
Eric Gonnering, goalie, continues to be great in the goal, at times, making amazing serves to preserve four shutouts.
As a result of winning the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference, the Cyclones are seeded first in the WCC Tournament and will be playing the 8th seeded team, which begins on Saturday, October 15.
Potential semi-final game is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19 and a potential WCC tournament final is scheduled for Saturday, October 22.
The Cyclones look forward to finishing the season strong.