Men’s Soccer News Archive 2015-2016

Larks make it two in a row with overtime win

The Hesston College men’s soccer team scored an exciting 2-1 overtime win over Central Christian JV (McPherson, Kan.) on Wednesday, Sept. 2, evening its record at 2-2.

Freshman Thomas Minor (Tonganoxie, Kan.) send the crowd home happy by knocking in the winning goal six minutes into the overtime period. Esteban Michel (Liberal, Kan.) broke a scoreless tie with a nifty shot in the 33rd minute. A Central Christian penalty kick with just over a minute remaining in the half evened the match at 1-1.

Hesston keeper Oliver Wisseman (Prineville, Ore.) played a spectacular game in the net for the Larks, as the sophomore stopped a pair of breakaway shots in the 21st and 33rd minute, respectively, and added a terrific save on a header from point-blank range in the 42nd minute. Wisseman added another great diving stop in the second half and finished with 7 saves.

The Larks travel to Dodge City (Kan.) CC for a 7 p.m. match on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Men’s Soccer earns blowout win

The Hesston College men’s soccer team got in the win column with a 10-0 blanking of Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, Mo.) on Saturday, Aug. 29, improving the Larks to 1-2 on the year.

Sophomore Cody Lebert (Douglas, Wyo.) started a busy day for the Hesston offense with a goal in the sixth minute. Esteban Michel (Liberal, Kan.) found the back on the net minutes later to make it 2-0. Michel enjoyed a big night, as the sophomore registered five shots on goal, two of which found their mark.

In the 14th minute, Guershon Safari (Boise, Idaho) scored, followed by a fourth Hesston goal in the 25th minute off the foot of Ryuta Hayakawa (Kyoto, Japan). Michel scored his second of the night less than a minute later and Hayakawa added his second score in the 27th minute to give Hesston a commanding 6-0 halftime lead.

Second-half goals by Christian Buerge (Garden City, Mo.), Leonardo Arruda (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Justin Short (Corry, Pa.) extended the lead to 9-0. Lebert closed the scoring in the 75th minute with his second goal of the night.

The Larks enjoyed a 18-1 advantage in shots on goal and a 3-0 edge in corner kicks.

Hesston looks to even its record when Central Christian College JV (McPherson, Kan.) comes to town for a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Neosho tops Hesston in hard-fought match

The Hesston College men’s soccer team suffered a 4-0 setback to Neosho County CC (Chanute, Kan.) on Tuesday, Aug. 25, dropping the Larks to 0-2 on the year.

Throughout a physical first half, Hesston sophomore keeper Oliver Wisseman (Prineville, Ore.) kept the game scoreless with several nice saves, including a diving stop on a low corner shot in the 27th minute. Neosho punched in a goal in the 38th minute to take a 1-0 lead into the break.

The visiting Panthers kept up the pressure in the final 45 minutes, scoring three additional goals to set the final score.

The Larks travel to Kansas City, Mo., for a 2 p.m. match with Calvary Bible College on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Men’s Soccer adds pair to recruiting class

Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Adrian Michel, a midfielder/defender from Liberal (Kan.) High School, and William Mendez, a defensive midfielder from Cypress Falls High School, Houston, as the newest additions to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A first-team all-Western Athletic Conference and second-team all-state selection his senior year, Michel was voted his team’s Most Valuable Defender in 2015.

Michel was a key part of Liberal High’s consecutive WAC and regional championships in boys soccer the past two seasons.

“Adrian brings needed technical quality and pace to our back line,” Armstrong said. “He has the versatility to move up the pitch and provide us a different look from the flanks.”

Michel will study architecture at Hesston College. He is the son of Esteban and Maria Michel, Liberal.

A team MVP and all-district performer as a senior, Mendez was team captain for Cypress Falls High in 2015. An honor roll student, Mendez will study pre-physical therapy at Hesston.

“I’m excited to have Will join us,” Armstrong said. “He brings vision and the ability to quickly transition from defense to the attack. He also provides us depth in the center of the park to help disrupt the oppositions attack.”

Mendez is the son of William and Sandra Mendez, Houston. He attends Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Houston.

Men’s Soccer adds Keeler to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Kevin Keeler, a keeper at Hebron High School, Carrolton, Texas , as the newest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A first-team all-district player as a senior, Keeler was a co-captain and MVP for Hebron boys soccer.

“Kevin brings to us a great amount of athleticism and ability at the goalkeeper position,” Armstrong said. “We’re excited to watch him accelerate his skills and make an impact on our team both on and off the field.”

Keeler is the son of Lee and Kathy Keeler, Carrolton. A National Honor Society member, he will study human resources at Hesston. He attends Elevate Life Church, Frisco, Texas.

Men’s Soccer signs Harrisonville (Mo.) senior to letter-of-intent

Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Chris Buerge, a center mid/center back from Harrisonville (Mo.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A captain at Harrisonville High, Buerge was a first-team all-conference and first-team all-district player his senior year, and an all-district player his junior season. Aside from soccer, he ran track his senior year.

Buerge earned first-team academic all-conference recognition as a senior and will study aviation at Hesston.

“I’m happy to add an experienced player like Chris who brings a great understanding of different systems of play and a passion for the game,” Armstrong said. “His experience and versatility will be an asset to our program.”

Buerge is the son of Greg and Amy Buerge, Harrisonville. He attends Harrisonville Community Church and is active in the youth group there.

Men’s Soccer adds Kansas defender to 2015 class

Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Karily Fiske, a 6’2” left back/center back from Baldwin City (Kan.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

Fiske played varsity soccer and basketball and ran track for Baldwin City High. He was a part of the four-time regional championship boys soccer team that placed fourth at the 4A state tournament in 2013.

Fiske, credited with four goals and three assists in his career, received the Bulldog Award his senior season for most improved player. An honor roll student, he is deciding his college major.

“I’m glad to bring Karily on board,” Armstrong said. “With his size and ability to read the game from the back, he will be an asset to the program defensively.”

Fiske is the son of Carrie Hansen, Baldwin City.

Men’s Soccer builds defensive depth with latest addition

Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Thomas Minor, a 6’1” center back from Tonganoxie (Kan.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

Minor helped Tonganoxie High boys soccer to a runner-up finish in the 4A state tournament in 2014. He is deciding his major at Hesston.

“I’m pleased to bring in a strong center back to help solidify our defense with the departure of our sophomore pair,” Armstrong said. “Thomas brings leadership and a passion to make a big impact on and off the field.”

Minor is the son of Jill Schiltz and Thomas Minor, Tonganoxie.

Men’s Soccer signs Newton High senior

Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Cesar Sanchez, a winger from Newton (Kan.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

“Cesar brings excellent speed and versatility to our squad,” Armstrong said. “I’m looking forward to what he will bring to our team both on and off the field.”

A second-team all-conference player his senior year at Newton High, Sanchez is the son of Santos Sanchez and Abigail Cortinas, both of Newton.

Men’s Soccer adds defender to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Jordan Stoltzfus, a defender from Westview High School, Topeka, Ind., as the newest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

A first-team all-conference and all-area player and Northeast Corner Conference MVP, Stoltzfus was a key part of Westview High’s 2014 boy’s soccer team that recorded 11 shutouts and allowed just 17 goals on its way to a conference and sectional championship.

Stoltzfus, a two-time academic all-state selection and High Honor Roll student, will study aviation at Hesston.

“I’m glad to have Jordan join Hesston Men’s Soccer,” Armstrong said. “He brings a hard working mentality that will help him and the team gain success. I’m looking forward to watching him grow into the college game.”

Stoltzfus is the son of Rich and Heidi Stoltzfus, Shipshewana, Ind. He attends New Life Fellowship Church, Topeka.

Men’s Soccer adds Pennsylvania pair to 2015 roster

Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Micah Boyer, a midfielder/defender from Garden Spot High School, New Holland, Pa., and Zach Stauffer, a defender from Mifflin County High School, Lewistown, Pa., as the newest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

Boyer, a co-captain on his club team, will study business or aviation at Hesston. He attends Witmer Heights Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa.

Boyer is the son of Dan and Vanessa Boyer, East Earl, Pa.

Stauffer, a senior captain for Mifflin County High, will study disaster management at Hesston. He attends Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, Pa.

Stauffer is the son of Kurt and Dena Stauffer, Belleville.

Men’s Soccer signs Wichita South High center midfielder

Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Daniel Reyes, Jr., a center midfielder from Wichita (Kan.) South High School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2015 recruiting class.

Reyes tallied four goals and eight assists as a senior and helped Wichita South win the 2014 Titan Classic Championship. He will study nursing at Hesston.

“Daniel is a wonderful player who will bring vision and passion to our squad,” Armstrong said. “He has the ability to pass and create opportunities for his teammates and has the chance to lead and mesh well with the current players and the incoming freshmen class.”

Reyes is the son of Daniel and Rochelle Reyes, Wichita.

Second-half goal drops Larks 1-0

The Hesston College men’s soccer team lost a tight 1-0 game to Oklahoma Wesleyan JV (Bartlesville) on Tuesday, Sept. 30, dropping its season record to 0-10.

The teams fought to a 0-0 score for most of the game before an OWU goal in the 73rd minute proved the difference. OWU had an 18-3 advantage in shots-on-goal. Hesston’s Oliver Wisseman (Prineville, Ore.) recorded 17 saves.

The Larks look for their first win of the year when they host Northeastern Oklahoma A&M at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3.

 

 

Armstrong takes the reins of Hesston College men’s soccer program

New head coach Michael Armstrong is ready to lead Hesston’s men’s soccer program. No stranger to the Larks sideline, Armstrong was an assistant a year ago. Prior to working at Hesston, Armstrong was head boys soccer coach at Huntingdon (Pa.) Area High School where he had been an assistant for five years prior to taking the head coaching position.

Hired as head men’s soccer coach December 13 of last year, Armstrong will rely on a balanced roster in his first year at the helm of his alma mater.

“I’m looking forward to the start of a new season,” Armstrong said. “The upcoming matches will begin to define the progress being made by this squad and will begin to dictate where we are as a program. The bond we develop both on and off the field will contribute to the success we experience this season.”

A home match against Northwest Kansas Technical College on Saturday, Oct. 18 will determine Hesston’s postseason standing.

The Larks open with a 2 p.m. match Sunday, Aug. 24, at Crowder College, Neosho, Mo.

Men’s Soccer adds Douglas (Wyo.) High grad to 2014 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Cody Lebert, a 5’9” winger from Douglas (Wyo.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class. 

An all-conference and honorable mention all-state selection his senior year, Lebert scored seven goals his senior year. A captain for Douglas High soccer, Lebert also played football, hockey and baseball.

“I’m excited to have Cody join our squad,” Armstrong said. “He brings craftiness and speed which will be vital to what we’re trying to create. Cody’s passion and work rate will aid our success, and I’m looking forward to his positive impact on our program.”

Lebert is the son of Rod and Lori Lebert, Douglas. He attends First Baptist Church, Lebert.