Worries Turn Into Strengths for Cougars

Ed Huneke
Coach Ed Huneke

August 20, 2004

         After losing three All-Americans and five returning starters from last season's 16-4-1 team, some may think that Southern Illinois University Edwardsville soccer coach Ed Huneke would be worried heading into the 2004 season.
         By looking at this years' roster the Cougar coach has nothing to fret about returning 10 letterwinners while reloading with fresh faces for a run at the Great Lakes Valley Conference title. "We have a standard to keep and maybe even exceed," said Huneke.
         Returning starters for the Cougars include sophomore midfielder Victor Pacheco (Sao Luis, Brazil), third in the GLVC in points and fifth in goals, and team captain and junior midfielder Brian Higgins (St. Louis, Mo.). "He is doing a very good job leading the players on and off the field," said Huneke. "We believe a lot in leadership leading towards a team's success."
         Along with having a strong middle the Cougars will get solid play from junior forward Pete Cacciatore, (St. Louis, Mo.) second team All-GLVC last year with five goals a year ago, sophomore
         forward John Matthews (Edwardsville), who played in all 21 games last season, and junior Matthew Siegel (Maryville). "You have to play at both ends of the field, and I think we will be very good in both directions," Huneke said.
         Other key returnees at the backer position are senior Mike Burgund (Bethalto), junior John Lamping (Barnhart, Mo.), and senior Dan Mosier (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who will add depth to the SIUE defense. Those three were apart of a Cougar team that ranked in the top 10 defensively of NCAA Division II last year.
         While Huneke does have a core of returning players, he enters the season with 10 newcomers to the program and that includes four transfers from NCAA Division I forward Mike Banner (Upper Marlboro, Md.) from Georgetown, Midfielder Mike Zaegel (St. Louis) from Michigan State, forward Tim Collico (St. Louis) from Missouri-Kansas City, and midfielder Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles, Mo.) from DePaul.
         "He seems to generate a lot of respect on the field," said Huneke of Thibodeau.
         "Some of our players that we are projecting to be impact players are new to the system," Huneke said. "The sooner we get them comfortable the better we will be."
         SIUE did get several transfers, but the bulk of the newcomers are freshman. Included in the freshman are the Cougars goalkeepers after the departure of first team All-GLVC goalkeeper Bret Richardson. Greg Crook (Columbia), Nicholas Frasca (St. Charles, Mo.), Pat Kelly (Florissant, Mo.) look to take over in net for SIUE. "We don't feel like we are going to jeopardize our needs there because of their age," Huneke said.
         Three new forwards will look to make an impact as freshman for the Cougars. Ross Beveridge (Dunfermline, Scotland), and Adam Lanter (Edwardsville), all add to SIUE's fire power up front. Freshman Eddie Davis (Waterloo) will add to depth at the midfielder spot. "If you get big contributions from underclassmen then that makes things even better for the future," said Huneke.
         SIUE recently received nine first-place votes for the No. 1 spot in the 2004 Great Lakes Valley Conference men's soccer preseason coaches poll. "It's a respected position to be in," Huneke said. "It means that teams in the conference and region will be gunning for you."
         The Cougars will open up the season on August 27 as Columbia visits Ralph Korte Stadium for the start of the 2004 campaign.

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SIUE Set for NCAA Final
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Cougars Head to the Final Four
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SIUE Crowned GLVC Champion
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Six Cougars Named All-GLVC
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Burgund, Higgins Honored
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SIUE Grabs GLVC's Top Seed
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Cougars Tie Quincy 0-0
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Cougars Stay on Top in GLVC
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Top Teams Battle to 1-1 Tie
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Huneke Garners Win No. 200
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SIUE Men's Soccer Ranked No. 12
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Cougars Pound Greyhounds
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Men's Soccer Continues Streak
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Cougars Improve to 5-1
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First-Half Surge Lifts Cougars
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SIUE's Pacheco Earns Honor
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Cougars Upend Columbia
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