Mens soccer team prepared for new season
Baker's mens soccer team is looking forward to another great year. Last season the Wildcats finished fourth in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
"There will be a lot of changes this year," said Ron Pulvers, head mens soccer coach. "But we will also have a strong nucleus of returning players. I am looking forward to getting started."
Bryan Elkan, Bartlesville, Okla., was a NAIA All-Conference first-team selection last year. The sophomore forward was the top scorer for the Wildcats for 1999, with seven goals and four assists.
Also returning to the team are Sean Brown, junior goalkeeper from Maplegrove, Minn.; and Erik Jones, junior forward from Olathe. Both Brown and Jones were All-Conference second-team selections last year. Brown was the top goalkeeper in 1999. Jones scored six goals for the Wildcats in 1999.
"Jason Casuto, a junior from Dallas, Texas, will also be returning to the team," Pulvers said. "Though he was ineligible last year, I know he will bring a wealth of experience to the team."
The team captains for 2000, Jared Miller and Kelly Wolverton, are also expected to contribute experience to the Wildcats. Miller, a senior defender from Overland Park, had six assists in 1999. Wolverton, a Wichita native, was an all-American in high school and is being appointed captain of the team as a sophomore.
"Wolverton had a lot of injuries last year, but he's a great player," Pulvers said. "I know that his talent will shine this year."
The roster of incoming players will include a special addition this season. Daniel Knop, a sophomore transfer from Munich, Germany, will be joining the Wildcat team.
"This is the first time Baker has had an international student join the soccer program," Pulvers said. "I think he will add great strength to the team."
Other incoming players include Bobby Renneisen, a defender from Riverside, Calif.; and Blake Reynolds, a transfer from Bellevue, Wash.
"All in all, I think it will be a successful year," Pulvers said.