Men's soccer earns All-NAC accolades
Athletics - posted on 11/10/2010
Four members of the Lakeland men's soccer team garnered All-Northern Athletics Conference honors as the league announced the 2010 All-NAC Men's Soccer team Wednesday.
Alex Piekarski, a sophomore from Menasha, Wis., and Bobby Rublee, a junior from Sheboygan, Wis., earned Second Team All- NAC at goalkeeper and defense, respectively. Freshman defender Justin Blauert (De Pere, Wis.) was selected to the All-Freshman team, while junior forward Ben Koepsell (Cedar Grove, Wis.) was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
Piekarski recorded 98 saves and two shutouts this fall. He was a mainstay for Lakeland's defense and came up with some timely saves.
"Alex had a great year," said head coach Tony Pierce. "He did a tremendous job and was an ironman for us. He worked through his injuries, and in our game versus Dominican he played out of his mind. He helped us build our confidence and came up huge for us all year long. This is a great honor for him."
A central defender and team captain, Rublee led the Lakeland defense. His presence in the backfield and his ability to shut down key offensive players made him an integral part of the team. He started in all 17 games this season.
"Bobby has a big presence on the field," said Pierce. "He leads and organizes the team. He bolstered our defensive with the potential to go forward. He's an excellent player for us, and recognized by the conference's coaches as a force to be reckoned with."
Blauert, another central defender, played next to Rublee. Blauert was an excellent complement to the defense and worked in tandem with Rublee. Blauert helped organize the defense and was able to distribute the ball nicely out of the back.
"Making the All-Freshman team is a big honor for Justin," said Pierce. "Throughout the year he had injuries, but worked and battled through them. The next three years here will be bright for him."
Koepsell, a forward, was another key player for Lakeland, scoring four goals and adding three assists as a play maker up top. He was one of the team's captains and started in all 17 games.
"Ben works very hard," said Pierce. "He is one of the most competitive guys on the team who wants to win. He puts in the work to make himself successful and makes a big impact on the team."
To see the complete 2010 All-Northern Athletics Conference Men's Soccer awards, click here
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