Send the Men's Soccer team to Florida
WHO ARE WE?
The LTU Men's Soccer team is more than just a soccer team. When you talk to alumni, current players, coaches, or even other athletes, you always get the same answer: "It’s a family"
This young program is characterized by great young men that put everything into achieving the team's goals, always putting the team over individual players.
We participate in the WHAC (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) which is one of the strongest conferences in the nation. The teams that participate are: Aquinas College, Cleary University, Concordia University, Cornerstone University, Indiana Tech, Lourdes University, Madonna University, University of Northwestern Ohio, Rochester College, Siena Heights University, and University of Michigan - Dearborn.
The reason for this trip to Florida, during Labor Day weekend, is to participate in the Keiser Invitational to play some top competition in the Nation to get us ready for the season. We are seeking funding to be able to participate in this Invitational to get us prepared for a very challenging year. Every penny helps and we are more than thankful for support at any level!
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Things have changed a lot since the program started back in 2008. We started as a club and joined the NAIA in 2011. The team has improved tremendously every year. It was in 2014 when we had the first ever conference win. It was at Aquinas with a result of 2-1.
This year has been an outstanding year for us, leading the WHAC for several weeks, but falling to the third spot at the end of the season. We hosted the first ever playoff game of the program, and the first ever WHAC Championship Game for LTU Athletics. The boys lost to UNOH with a result of 0-2. The dream ended there and the season was over. The goal of being 4th was surpassed but the dream of going to the National Tournament was still in our mind.
The highest we were ranked was 42nd because many of those coaches that sit on the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) felt our schedule wasn't strong enough. Next year we have a very tough non-conference and conference schedule: travelling to Florida to play Keiser University and Mobile Alabama, taking on #18 Spring Arbor on the road, and many other non-conference schools that are ready to make their statement as well.
What's next? The National Tournament is the next step in this program and this is what we are getting ready for!
For the past three years, this has been the motto of the team. Before players sign with us, they are already taught the values of earning what you want. Our practice t-shirts have the slogan on the back for us to remember it every day. Like Head Coach Will Dyer always says: "In life you need to earn it every moment, on and off the field. If you want to improve and get playing time, you have to earn it on practices, work outs, etc. If you want good grades, the effort has to be put in. However, this goes beyond, and you guys have to earn it in life everyday with your parents, siblings, girlfriends; everyday is a new opportunity to do better and improve and own what is yours."
The players take this very seriously and we are honored to be able to say that our players are extremely successful on and off the field. Below are some of the recognitions that we've received as a team and individuals.
Team Academic Award - Exceptional Academic Performance - 3rd Year in a row
Santi Amigo Tei - All American Honorable Mention
Mateusz Gibiec - CoSiDA Second Team Academic All American
Mateusz Gibiec & Michael Avila - Academic All-District Team
Pablo Ripodas & Mateusz Gibiec & Austin Sanders - NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete Team
MORE THAN A SOCCER TEAM
Coach Dyer has very strong values and always encourages the players to take part of opportunities to give back to the community. Below are some of the projects in which the Men's Soccer has proudly participated.
Pink-Out Game to support those suffering from Breast Cancer and raise funds and awareness
The whole team participated on the Big Rake in Southfield raking leaves for the community
On our trip to Costa Rica over winter break, the team hosted two camps for local clubs and gave away old jerseys to the kids
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! GO BLUE DEVILS!!