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.
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.
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.
Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Justin Short, a midfielder/forward from Corry (Pa.) Area High School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
A four-year letter-winner in soccer and three-year letter-winner in track, Short was team captain for Corry Area High Soccer his senior year.
A National Honor Society member, Short will study physical therapy at Hesston.
“Justin is a great all-around player,” Armstrong said. “He’s very quick and has a tremendous work rate. Justin is a wonderful addition to the team and campus.”
Short is the son of Tracy Short-Blake and Roger Blake, Corry. He attends Beaverdam Mennonite Church, Corry.
Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Austin Byler, a center midfielder from Belleville (Pa.) Mennonite School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
A two-time captain for the BMS soccer team, Byler tallied 17 goals and 23 assists during his career. He helped BMS reach the district final in 2012.
The salutatorian at BMS, Byler will study business at Hesston.
“I’m thrilled to have Austin join our program,” Armstrong said. “He’s a formidable center midfielder who brings strength, vision, passion and a strong work ethic to a vital position. His leadership and presence will help us grow this year.”
Byler is the son of Steve and Juanita Byler, Belleville. He attends Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville.
Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Oliver Wisseman, a goalkeeper from Western Mennonite School, Salem, Ore., as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
A three-time first-team all-Tri-River conference goalkeeper, Wisseman served as team captain the last two years at WMS. He accumulated over 350 saves and 15 shutouts for the Pioneers since his sophomore year, helping WMS to a first-place conference finish in 2013.
Wisseman served as Student Council secretary his senior year. A National Honor Society member and Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State student, Wisseman will study business at Hesston.
“I’m excited to sign a goalkeeper with the experience and expertise that Oliver brings,” Armstrong said. “He has the ability to make saves that will keep us in games. Oliver is a natural leader and I look forward to having him as a part of the program.”
Wisseman is the son of Darrel and Janette Wisseman, Princeville, Ore. He is a member of Bend (Ore.) Mennonite Church.
Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Jesse Stutzman, a midfielder from Molalla (Ore.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
A two-time honorable mention all-Tri-Valley league selection, Stutzman was a key part of Molalla’s state championship season his sophomore year.
“I’m pleased to sign Jesse,” Armstrong said. “He possesses quickness, good vision and is an attacking threat from the wing. Adding Jesse’s versatility gives us options to change our tactics mid-game.”
Stutzman is the son of Todd and Kari Stutzman, Canby. He attends Zion Mennonite Church, Hubbard.
Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Jacob Maichel, a midfielder/forward from Hayden High School, Topeka, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
Maichel, a member of Hayden High’s 2012 4A state championship team, is a four-year honor roll student. Also involved in forensics and debate, Maichel attends Christ the King Catholic Parish, Topeka.
“It’s great to add someone with Jacob’s experience and creativity,” Armstrong said. “His versatility provides us options up front and in the midfield.”
Maichel is the son of Carl and Debra Maichel, Topeka.
Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Andrew Graber, a 5’10” keeper from Freeman (S.D.) Academy, as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
A four-year varsity letter-winner and team captain his senior year, Graber was an all-conference player for Freeman Academy.
“I’m excited to bring an experienced goalkeeper of Andrew’s level to our program,” Armstrong said. “He’ll help to solidify a position that Hesston has struggled to fill in the past. Andrew is a very welcomed addition.”
Graber is the son of Joseph and Patti Graber, Freeman. He attends Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman.
Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Jose Silva, a forward from Campus High School, Wichita, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
Silva, a two-time honorable mention all-league player, adds immediate talent to the Hesston offense.
“I’m eagerly anticipating Jose’s goal scoring expertise next year,” Armstrong said. “He has the ability to add to our goal tally as a freshman.”
Silva is the son of Carlos and Patricia Silva, Wichita.
Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Allan Martinez, a midfielder from Campus High School, Wichita, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
A three-sport athlete at Campus High, Martinez lettered in track and field and football. He will study criminal justice at Hesston College.
“I’m looking forward to Allan’s contributions on the field,” Armstrong said. “He brings good vision and the willingness to work hard for his teammates and the betterment of the team.”
Martinez is the son of Carmen and Orlando Martinez, Wichita.
Hesston College men’s soccer coach Michael Armstrong announces Josh Benavides, a defender/midfielder from Maize High School, Wichita, Kan., as the first addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class.
A two-year letter winner for Maize High soccer, Benavides was a part of the Maize team that captured a regional title in 2011.
“I’m looking forward to having Josh be a vital part of the team,” Armstrong said. “He brings vision and passing ability needed out of a midfield role as well as a great work ethic and solid leadership skills. I can’t wait to see these qualities impact our squad.”
An honor roll student and Hesston College dean’s scholarship recipient, Benavides will study psychology at Hesston. He attends St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Wichita.
Benavides is the son of Walter and Patricia Benavides, Wichita.
Hesston College Athletic Director Joel Kauffman announced the Dec. 13 hiring of Michael Armstrong, a 2005 Hesston graduate, as head men’s soccer coach. He succeeds Kurt Hostetler, who resigned after seven years at the helm of Hesston men’s soccer. Armstrong served as an assistant coach for the Larks during the 2013 season.
“I’m very excited to have Michael give leadership to our men’s soccer program,” Kauffman said. “He brings strong organizational skills and a passion for mentoring young people. Michael’s experience as a high school head coach and experience in college admissions will transfer well to this new roll.”
“I’m looking forward to this opportunity,” Armstrong said. “My goals are to create a culture in which hard work and commitment to the team are fundamental to anyone involved in the program.”
Armstrong has served Hesston College as an admissions counselor since July 2012, and will continue in that role. 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.
After graduating from Hesston with an associate of arts degree in youth ministry, Armstrong earned a bachelor of arts in youth ministry from Southwestern College, Winfield, Kan., and a master of arts in human services and Christian ministry from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.
Coach Armstrong and his wife, Becky, also a Hesston graduate, reside in Hesston. They have four children; Landen (7), Bailey (3), Allycia (2) and Jase (one month).
The Hesston College men’s soccer team fell to Pratt (Kan.) CC by a 1-0 count on Tuesday, Oct. 8, sliding the Larks to 1-13 on the year. The visiting Beavers outshot Hesston 8-0 in the contest.
Hesston hits the road for a fall break trip this weekend with games against Bluffton (Ohio) University JV at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 and Goshen (Ind.) College JV at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14.
The Hesston College men’s soccer team suffered a 3-2 loss to Tabor College JV (Hillsboro) on Tuesday, Oct. 1 after giving up a goal with ten seconds remaining in the contest.
Tabor JV outshot Hesston 8-6 in the game. The loss drops Hesston to 1-11 on the year.
The Larks host Cowley College at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.