Beavers aim to move up in HCAC standings

By Tim Stried, SID
August 28, 2000

Fourteen players got into the scoring act last season for the Bluffton College men's soccer team, and eight of them return in 2000 as BC and eighth year head coach Randy Keeler aim to move up in the Heartland Conference race.

The Beavers finished with a 7-10 overall record in 1999 and had two players named to the All-HCAC team as senior goalkeeper Rod Stutzman and senior forward Jon Corbin picked up all-league honors. The team's leading scorer is back, however, as junior Mark Stutzman returns at the midfielder position after connecting for four goals and five assists last season.

Bluffton won three games in overtime last season, so the returning players have experience being in close games. That experience may come in handy early, as the Beavers play five of their first six matches away from their home field in the Sears Athletic Complex.

Sophomore Craig Hughes returns after a three goal and three assist season, as does sophomore Andrew Hornblower who booted three goals. Other returning scorers include juniors Luke Archer and Kevin Wittman and sophomores Marshall Amor, Matt Plank and Larry White.

Replacing Stutzman in the net will be a chore taken on by two freshman goalkeeper candidates, Michael Felske and Derek Stemen. Other freshman prospects include Esuga Abaya, Aaron Austin, Diego Rodriguez, John Simpson and Ryan Zeman

Bluffton's season opens on Saturday, September 2 at Rochester, Michigan, while their home opener is set for September 14 against St. Mary's (Michigan).