Four from men's soccer tabbed all-conference
Athletics - posted on 11/12/2009
Four members of the Lakeland men's soccer team garnered All-Northern Athletics Conference mention as the league announced the 2009 All-NAC Men's Soccer team late Wednesday.
Sophomore captain Adam Benson (Anoka, Minn.) took home second-team honors, while sophomores Bobby Rublee (Sheboygan, Wis.) and Ben Koepsell (Cedar Grove, Wis.) garnered honorable mention accolades. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Piekarski (Menasha, Wis.) was named to the All-Freshman team.
Benson, a midfielder, led the Muskies with five assists and scored three goals. Known for his non-stop work rate, Benson was one of the team's most reliable and consistent options on both offense and defense.
"Adam played multiple positions for us and still contributed, so he did a nice job of getting involved," Lakeland coach David Madsen said. "He leads from the back, and had a big impact on our improvement in the middle of the season."
A central defender, Rublee led an improved Lakeland defense this season. He posted one goal and one assist for the year, starting all 19 contests.
"Bobby cleans up a lot of our messes," Madsen said. "He does the dirty work by winning 50-50 balls and chasing down forwards. He got involved a little more offensively as the season went on."
Koepsell, a midfielder, led the Muskies with eight goals. He scored the team's lone goal in Lakeland's 3-1 loss in the NAC Tournament quarterfinals at Edgewood.
"Ben might not be the most skilled player, but his attention to detail and work rate got him chances to score this season," Madsen said. "He had several important goals for us throughout the season."
Piekarski emerged as the team's primary option at goalkeeper approximately midway through the 2009 campaign. In 12 matches played (11 starts), Piekarski registered a 1.46 goals against average, 49 saves and three shutouts.
"It was important for Alex to gain confidence," Madsen said. "He is always willing to learn, and improved off his experiences earlier in the season. He also has good ability and physical size."
Sophomore Danny Spatchek (Chilton, Wis.) was named to the league's All-Sportsmanship team.
NAC regular season and tournament champion Dominican received two of the four individual honors, while MSOE, the league runner-up, garnered the remaining two.
To see the complete 2009 All-Northern Athletics Conference Men's Soccer awards, click here
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