Head men’s soccer coach Brad Hauter ’87, who was a four-year starter at DePauw, talks to his team during a match with Thomas More College.
a starting 11 player. He carried himself off the field as a competing player.” Morrison scored twice in his first game, on his way to eight goals in his first nine games. He landed NCAC Player of the Week honors and finished his freshman year with 10 goals and seven assists. And the team? It did OK, too. The Tigers avenged the earlier loss to Ohio Wesleyan, beating them on Morrison’s birthday, on OWU’s home turf, to win the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament and get that elusive bid to the NCAA postseason. But talking about the success makes it
seem like chance, like it wasn’t the product of hard work and smart decisions by players such as Morrison.
he homepage of the DePauw men’s soccer website used to boast that the team hadn’t posted a losing season in more than 30 years. “Every time I saw it on the website, it would make me sick,” Hauter said. For the record, he wasn’t putting down teams of years past. After all, he played on four of them. His point was that his teams,
the teams that have taken the field for the Tigers since at least 2010, made a choice for something different. If you spend a little bit of time around the men’s soccer program today, that becomes clear. This is a group that made a choice to be good. They made a choice to get better. They made a choice to work hard. “When you get like-minded, focused individuals together, great things can happen.” So says Coach Hauter. It’s kind of cliché to write that. It’s kind of cliché to say it in the first place. It’s almost boring. But that doesn’t make it any less true. That’s the program that Andy Morrison joined. That’s why it was a good fit for a kid who – per Hauter – is “our hardest worker in training.” A kid that “doesn’t take a moment of practice off.” The work has paid off. In each of his first three years on the team, he was named to the all-North Coast Athletic Conference team. As a junior, he was named an all-American after scoring 14 goals and notching seven assists. In total, he scored 36 goals in three seasons, putting him within striking distance of the DePauw record of 48 career goals. In addition to on-the-field honors, Morrison more than holds his own in the classroom. With a GPA north of 3.7 as an economics major, he also nabbed Capital One Academic All-American™ honors. FALL 2014 DEPAUW MAGAZINE 35