2012 Men's Soccer Preview
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
Rockford, Ill. - The Rockford College Men’s Soccer team is looking to improve upon a 4-14 campaign and 12th place NAC finish in 2011. The Regents are led by first year head coach Jeremy Vann and are looking to rebuild the program with a mix of new faces and experience as the Regents return 9 players from the 2011 team including 6 seniors. Vann takes over a Regents team that was competitive in 2011 despite their 4-14 finish. Coach Vann comes to Rockford College after coaching at the high school level in Arvada, Col. where Vann led the program to an unprecedented 3 straight winning seasons as well as 3 straight trips to the 5A state tournament. Vann also has college coaching experience serving as an assistant coach for Cornell College in Iowa.
Leading the Regents into 2012 will be starting goalkeeper and 2011 2nd team All-NAC selection senior Mick Goulding (Midlothian, Ill./Brenen). Goulding ended 2011 with a NAC high 97 saves as well as a .735 save percentage. The Regents offensive attack will be led by senior Samuel Medina-Conchi (Milwaukee, Wis./Ronald W Regan). Medina-Conchi finished 2011 with 2 goals and 1 assist while putting 13 shots on goal. Fellow senior Nathan Sweet (Flint, Mich./Grand Blanc) will also be looked upon to provide offense to the Regents in 2012. Sweet ended 2011 with 1 assist and 8 shots on goal.
The Regents 2011 season was a frustrating one as the Regents were on the wrong side of 5 games decided by 1 goal including 2 games that went to overtime. The Regents look to be competitive in 2012 and open the year with Robert Morris University-Springfield on Sept. 1st. Robert Morris finished 2011 with a 2-6 mark and this will be the first meeting between the two schools. The Regents will open up Northern Athletics Conference play, September 15th at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis.