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2008 PANTHER BIOS 16 Danny Collins Class: Sophomore Position: Midfielder Hometown: Springfield, MO (Glendale) Born: June 23, 1988 Parents: Richard and Angela Collins Major: Business Fast Fact: Collins got off nine shots – scoring one goal - while making three starts and playing in 17 contests as a freshman for the Panthers last season.

23 Ben Taylor Class: Sophomore Position: Defender Hometown: Dundee, Scotland (Grove Academy) Born: February 8, 1989 Parents: Graham and Dorothy Taylor Major: Physical Education Fast Fact: Ben started 15 of his 17 games last season with the Panthers, registering one assist.

17 Mason North Class: Sophomore Position: Defender Hometown: St. Charles, MO (Francis Howell North) Born: May 20, 1987 Parents: Karl and Denise North Major: Physics Fast Fact: Mason saw action in five contests as a freshman with the Panthers.

20 Micah Whorton Class: Sophomore Position: Forward Hometown: Belton, MO (Raymore-Peculiar) Born: June 20, 1989 Parents: Chris and Janet Whorton Major: Architecture Fast Fact: Micah scored two goals on 12 shots as a freshman, when he saw action in 18 games for the Panthers.

2008 DRURY SOCCER SCHEDULE 21 David Emnett Class: Sophomore Position: Forward Hometown: St. Louis, MO (SLUH) Born: December 27, 1988 Parents: David and Diana Emnett Major: Undecided Fast Fact: David scored his lone goal last season in a 3-0 win over Saint Joseph’s, one of 14 games he played in as a freshman.

25 Stephen Nabers Class: Senior Position: Defender Hometown: San Antonio, TX (Reagan) Born: November 5, 1985 Parents: Brad and Pat Nabers Major: Sports Management Fast Fact: Stephen, older brother of DU junior Ben Nabers, played in four games last season before being lost with an injury.





AUGUST 30, Saturday

Columbia College


5:00 p.m.






10, Friday

Saint Joseph’s College*

Rensselaer, Ind.

7:30 p.m.

17, Friday

Lewis University*


7:30 p.m.

19, Sunday

Quincy University*


2:30 p.m.

7, Sunday

Harding University

Searcy, Ark.

2:30 p.m.

24, Friday

Missouri U. of Science & Technology*


7:30 p.m.

12, Friday

University of Missouri-St. Louis*

St. Louis, Mo.

7:30 p.m.

26, Sunday

Truman State University


14, Sunday

University of Southern Indiana*


2:30 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

19, Friday

Kentucky Wesleyan College*

Owensboro, Ky.

12:00 p.m.

31, Friday

Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, Okla.

2:00 p.m.

21, Sunday

Bellarmine University*

Louisville, Ky.

2:30 p.m.

24, Wednesday

Missouri Southern State University


7:00 p.m.

2, Sunday

First Round GLVC



26, Friday

Northern Kentucky University*


7:30 p.m.

4, Tuesday

McKendree University

Lebanon, Ill.

7:30 p.m.

28, Sunday

University of Indianapolis*


2:30 p.m.

7-9, Fri.-Sun.

Semifinals and Finals GLVC Tourn.



3, Friday

Newman University

Wichita, Kan.

7:30 p.m.

5, Sunday

Rockhurst University*

Kansas City, Mo.

2:30 p.m.



* Great Lakes Valley Conference Match Home Games in BOLD

Front Row–Logan Hoffman and Michael Lassen Back Row–Stephen Nabers, Marco Cherisma and Tyson Bramley

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Handling two NCAA Division II soccer programs in the same season hasn’t proven to be anything but a successful task for Drury coach Alf Bilbao. The 2007 campaign represented Bilbao’s second year in a row of coaching both the Drury men’s and women’s programs, and both continued their rapid rise toward NCAA-II competitiveness, with young squads primed to take another step forward in 2008. In fact, Bilbao’s DU women’s squad set a new standard for excellence last fall, finishing with a 17-5-3 overall mark, winning its first Great Lakes Valley Conference championship and advancing to the NCAA-II Sweet 16 for the first time in the program’s history with a starting lineup made up entirely of underclassmen. The 17 victories represented a new mark for the DU women’s program, and the GLVC title - courtesy of a

shootout victory over Missouri-St. Louis in the GLVC Tournament finals - came for a Panthers’ squad picked ninth in the 14-team preseason poll of league coaches. The effort gives Bilbao a two-year record of 26-11-6 of guiding the Panthers’ women’s coach. Bilbao’s men’s squad in 2007 completed play with a 13-7-0 record, including a 12-3 start to the campaign. Drury finished with a 6-7 league mark and just missed the eighth and final spot for the league’s post-season tournament. In three seasons of guiding the DU men, Bilbao has compiled a record of 30-22-7, including a 23-12-5 mark over the past two campaigns After opening his DU era with a 7-10-2 mark in 2005, Bilbao’s Panthers reeled off a 10-5-5 overall mark in 2006 that included an 8-0-3 start to the season. Drury also cracked the national Top 25 for the first time in the program’s history, reaching as high as No. 6 in the country with the quick beginning, which led to Drury’s most victories in a season since 1995. The final overall record included a 5-5-3 record in Great Lakes Valley Conference play, an improvement over the 4-7-2 mark the Panthers posted in 2005 as a first-year GLVC member. This in addition to leading the DU women to a 9-6-3 overall mark, their most wins since 1998. Then again, success is not a foreign concept to Bilbao. Before coming to Drury, he helped build the Truman State University soccer program into an NCAA Division II contender. He led his alma mater into the National Top 25 in five of his seven seasons, including

three trips to the NCAA Tournament (1998, 1999, 2003). Bilbao, a native of Hillsboro, Oregon, played at Truman State from 1998 to 1992, playing in 66 games for his career and scoring four goals, with six assists for a total of 14 points. The Bulldogs’ team captain is senior year, Bilbao graduated with a degree in exercise science in 1993 while serving as an assistant coach that year. Bilbao then left to become a high school assistant coach in Lake Zurich, Ill., for one season before moving to Des Moines, Iowa, to play for the Des Moines Menace of the Premier Developmental League, also serving as head coach of Lincoln High School there for a year. Soon after, Bilbao moved on to coach Central College in Pella, Iowa, running both the men’s and women’s programs at the D-III program, for a season before returning to Truman State in July of 1998. Bilbao and wife Carie - also a former Truman soccer standout - have two children, son Aidan (6) and daughter Abby (4).

Associate Head Coach Ryan Swan

Ryan Swan is entering his third season as the top assistant for both the Drury men’s and women’s soccer programs and first with the title of associate head coach. A former player for Drury head coach Alf Bilbao at Truman State, the 31-year-old Swan spent two seasons as the men’s soccer assistant coach at Columbia (Mo.) College and as director of the Columbia Soccer Club before joining the Panthers. With his assistance, Drury established highs for victories in the decade of the 2000’s with 10 by the men and nine by the women in 2006. Swan was raised in Perth, Scotland and attended Perth High School. Following high school, Swan played four years of semi-pro soccer with Couper Angus in Scotland where he was selected All-Region.

Swan attended Truman State from 1998-2000, earning a B.A. in Communication Science and playing for Bulldog teams that went a combined 40-14-5. He was an NSCAA All-Region First Team performer for two years, and in ‘98, was named to the MIAA All-Conference Second Team. He was selected as the Bulldogs’ Most Valuable Player following his senior season. Following college, Swan played semi-pro soccer with the Kansas City Brass and Des Moines Menace. He spent two years coaching with Major League Soccer Camps in California before joining the William Woods coaching staff in Fulton as a graduate assistant for two seasons.

Head Coach Alf Bilbao

Graduate Assistant Coach Dustin Awe

Alf Bilbao Year-By-Year At Drury Year 2007 2006 2005 Totals

Joining the men’s soccer staff as the Panthers graduate assistant this season will be University of Evansville graduate and 2007 First Team AllMissouri Valley Conference honoree Dustin Awe. Awe was named Evansville’s MVP as a junior, when he led the MVC in assists and finished 10th nationally. He was nominated as a First Team Academic All-American and earned MVC Scholar Athlete of the Week honors while playing for the Purple Aces. Awe, a native of Wichita, Kan., graduated in May of 2008 with a degree in Business, and will be pursuing a master’s degree in the same field at Drury.

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Overall 13-7-0 10-5-5 7-10-2 30-22-7

GLVC 6-7 (9th) 5-5-3 (9th) 4-7-2 (10th) 15-19-5

The slogan for coach Alf Bilbao’s fourth edition of the Drury men’s soccer team unofficially ought to be “Finish What We Started.” For a second straight year in ‘07, Bilbao’s Panthers burst from the gates quickly, this time to the tune of a 6-0 start that became a 12-3 overall mark after a second six-game winning streak capped by a 1-0 victory over Missouri Southern on Oct. 7. But Drury then lost its next four matches - the last, a hard-fought, 2-0 decision to then-nationally No. 1 Northern Kentucky - to complete its final mark at 137-0 after closing with a 3-1 triumph at Truman State. Maintaining that momentum and intensity through October and early November will be a focus for Bilbao and his staff when the Panthers open play on Saturday, August 30 at home against Columbia College. “We need to make the (eightteam) GLVC Tournament field this season,” Bilbao says. And with a 30-22-7 record in his three seasons at DU, Bilbao has instilled the confidence

2007 STAT LEADERS GOALS Marco Cherisma Steve Wilczewski Jake Allison

20 4 3

Game–5, Marco Chersima vs. Upper Iowa (2007) Season–20, Marco Cherisma (2007) Career–37, John Pedroli (1999-2002)

5 5 4 4

Game–3, Chad Jaeger (3 times, 1996) Season–8, Jarret Wagner (1995) and Josh Keisker (1996) Career–15, Tom Hoff (1999-2002)

34 27 3

Game–18, Steve Dickey (1991) Season–169, Steve Dickey (1994) Career–522, Steve Dickey (1991-94)

SAVES Cesar Cereijo Logan Hoffman Michael Lassen


ASSISTS Adam Peterson Andrew Bordelon Marco Chersima Steve Wilczewski

in his Panthers that they are certainly capable of getting the job done, especially with a unit that returns eight starters, including high-scoring senior forward Marco Cherisma. Cherisma set a new Drury school record with his 20 goals (including six game-winners) and 44 points in his debut season as a Panther, including a DU record five goals in a victory over Upper Iowa in early September. He is one of 21 returning lettermen for the Panthers, who welcome just two newcomers - freshman midfielder Kyler Temple from Springfield’s Kickapoo High School and sophomore defender Blake Wilson, a transfer from NCAA Division I Western Kentucky - to the 2008 roster. Joining Cherisma up front will be a combination of sophomores Micah Whorton (two goals), Adam Peterson (one goal, tied for team lead with five assists) and David Emnett (one goal). The returning group of midfielders includes senior Tyson Bramley, juniors Andrew Bordelon (two goals, five assists), Jake Allison (three goals, two assists),



2008 PANTHER BIOS Ben Nabers (three assists), Steve Wilczewski (four goals, four assists) and sophomores Taylor Stacy (one goal, one assist) and Danny Collins (one goal, one assist). Defensively, Wilson is expected to help fill the shoes of graduated standout Cody Reinberg, a First Team AllGLVC selection and four-year starter, while the Panthers also return an All-GLVC Third Team selection on the back line in sophomore Peter Higgins. One of DU’s deeper positions also includes senior Steven Nabers along with sophomores Ben Taylor, Grant Bowden and Mason North. In goal, Drury expects to see a battle between senior Michael Lassen and junior Logan Hoffman for starter minutes, with sophomore Stephen Conner also figuring into the mix. Hoffman started seven games last season and tied a school record with a string of four straight shutouts early in the campaign, compiling 27 saves and allowing just seven goals in his eight games of action.

0 Steven Conner Class: Sophomore Position: Goalkeeper Hometown: Springfield, MO (Glendale) Born: August 24, 1988 Parents: Patrick and Karla Conner Major: Criminology Fast Fact: Steven spent last season as a redshirt with Panthers.

3 Jake Allison Class: Junior Position: Defender Hometown: Olathe, KS (Olathe South) Born: June 13, 1988 Parents: Jeff and Kerri Allison Major: Business Fast Fact: Jake has played in 36 games and scored four goals over his first two seasons as a Panther.

7 Kyler Temple

Drury Soccer Quick Facts Location: Springfield, Mo. Enrollment: 1,600 President: Todd Parnell VP For Athletic Affairs: Dr. Edsel Matthews Athletic Director: Pat Atwell Athletic Department Phone Number: (417) 873-7265 Sports Information Director: Scott Puryear SID Contact Numbers: Office: (417) 873-4097; Cell (417) 576 -7779 Athletics Website: Field: Harrison Stadium (artificial surface) Head coach: Alf Bilbao (fourth season, 30-22-7) To Reach Coach Bilbao:, (417) 873-7449 Associate Head Coach: Ryan Swan (third season) Graduate Assistant Coach: Dustin Awe (first season) Conference affiliation: Great Lakes Valley Conference Last year’s records: 13-7-0 overall, 6-7-0 in the GLVC (ninth) Top returnees: F Marco Cherisma, sr.; GK Logan Hoffman, jr.; D Peter Higgins, soph.; MF Andrew Bordelon, jr.; F Steve Wilczewski, jr.; MF Ben Nabers, jr.; F Adam Peterson, soph.; D Grant Bowden, soph.; Top newcomers: D Blake Wilson, soph. (Western Kentucky transfer); MF Kyler Temple, fresh.

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Class: Freshman Position: Midfielder Hometown: Springfield, MO (Kickapoo) Born: September 25, 1989 Parents: Rick and Sheila Temple Major: International Political Studies Fast Fact: Was an All-Ozarks and allstate selection as a senior after leading Kickapoo to Ozark Conference and district championships as well as a thirdplace finish in the state.

12 Taylor Stacy Class: Sophomore Position: Midfielder Hometown: Lincoln, NE (East) Born: September 30, 1988 Parents: Brent and Becky Stacy Major: Business Management Fast Fact: Taylor saw action in 16 games as a freshman, registering one goal and an assist.

00 Logan Hoffman Class: Junior Position: Goalkeeper Hometown: Littleton, CO (Columbine) Born: May 14, 1987 Parents: Monty Hoffman and Raina Powell Major: Integrated Media Fast Fact: Logan tied a Drury record by posting four consecutive shutouts to start last season.

4 Tyson Bramley Class: Senior Position: Midfielder Hometown: Kansas City, MO (Oak Park) Born: October 28, 1986 Parents: Steve and Maureen Bramley Major: International Political Science/ Spanish Fast Fact: Tyson has made 33 career starts in 41 games for the Panthers, accounting for three game-winners in his five career goals at DU.

9 Marco Cherisma Class: Senior Position: Forward Hometown: Delray Beach, FL (Atlantic) Born: February 27, 1986 Parents: Smith Cherisma and Yurose Mendes Major: Exercise and Sports Science Fast Fact: Marco set new DU records for goals (20) and points in a season (44) as well as goals in a game (5) in his first season as a Panther in 2007, earning Second Team All-GLVC honors.

13 Grant Bowden Class: Sophomore Position: Defender Hometown: Waukee, IA Born: March 10, 1988 Parents: Ed and Jean Bowden Major: Business Marketing Fast Fact: Grant started all 20 contests as a freshman for the Panthers.

1 Michael Lassen

2 Peter Higgins

Class: Senior Position: Goalkeeper Hometown: Springfield, MO (Kickapoo) Born: June 5, 1985 Parents: Stan and Margaret

Class: Sophomore Position: Defender Hometown: Kilkenny, Ireland (Colaiste Ide) Born: May 4, 1987 Parents: Kevin and Susan

Lassen Major: Advertising/Public Relations Fast Fact: Michael saw action in one game last season, recording three saves in the Panthers’ season-ending 3-1 victory at Truman State.

Higgins Major: Exercise and Sports Science Fast Fact: Peter was a Third Team All-GLVC selection as a freshman after starting 14 games for the Panthers.

5 Blake Wilson Class: Sophomore Position: Defender Hometown: Coppel, TX Born: April 3, 1989 Parents: Mark and Marianne Wilson Major: Architecture Fast Fact: Blake comes to Drury this season after transferring from NCAA Division I Western Kentucky University.

10 Ben Nabers Class: Junior Position: Midfielder Hometown: San Antonio, TX (Christian) Born: October 27, 1987 Parents: Brad and Pat Nabers Major: Exercise and Sports Science Fast Fact: Ben posted three assists in his 19 starts last season for the Panthers, his first at Drury after transferring from NCAA Division I Memphis.

14 Adam Peterson Class: Sophomore Position: Forward Hometown: Springfield, MO (Kickapoo) Born: February 14, 1989 Parents: Bob and Tammy Collier, Mark and Shannon Peterson Major: Biology (Pre-Med) Fast Fact: Adam played in all 20 contests and earned 18 starts as a freshman, tying for the team lead in assists with five on the season.

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6 Andrew Bordelon Class: Junior Position: Midfielder Hometown: Euless, TX (Trinity) Born: March 10, 1988 Parents: Donny and Kim Bordelon Major: Sports Management Fast Fact: Andrew tied for the team lead with five assists in 2007 and has picked up eight for his career to go with three goals.

11 Steve Wilczewski Class: Junior Position: Forward Hometown: Springfield, MO (Glendale) Born: December 30, 1987 Parents: Marc and Nancy Wicks Major: Business Management Fast Fact: Steve finished second on the squad in goals (4) and assists (4) as a sophomore, when he started all 20 games.

15 Alex Palmer Class: Sophomore Position: Defender Hometown: Springfield, MO (Kickapoo) Born: December 23, 1988 Parents: Ken and Joni Palmer Major: Biology (Pre-Med) Fast Fact: Alex played in 11 games as a freshman, earning two starts with the Panthers.

Drury Men's Soccer Guide 2008  

The official media brochure for the Drury University men's soccer team in 2008.