Kirksville, MO – Tryouts for the team ended Thursday and the club took 5 players: Jordan Van Dyke, Tyler Keane, Parker Conover, Connor Pratt, and Ron Rolfes. These five players will look to earn their spot for playing time as they enter a team returning 10 of their 11 starters from last fall.
Truman had one of their most successful seasons last fall completing a record of 6-4-2 and receiving a bid into the Region IV Tournament. After exiting the tournament to a last minute goal by Mizzou, Truman is looking for redemption. Having a veteran team, Truman is confident in their abilities to not only grow on what they accomplished last fall, but establish themselves as a National Tournament contender.
F.C. Truman will have 1 week to prepare for their first home game vs. Creighton next Sunday at 3PM.
Columbia, MO – Despite recording a 1-1-1 record in round-robin play at the Region IV NIRSA Tournament, Truman was unable to advance to Nationals.
Truman took on Oklahoma University Friday night and after suffering a goal within the first 5 minutes, forward, Frank Oude Avenhuis, was able to make the most of a penalty kick and even the score going into halftime. OU was unable to penetrate Truman’s defensive line in the second half and with an accurate cross from forward Tyler Payton, Oude Avenhuis was able to strike a second goal for the game winner in the final 15 minutes of the game.
Truman played the University of Missouri on Saturday and started the game off with what seemed to be a penalty kick opportunity for Truman. After discussing the placement of the foul, the referee stated that the foul occured just outside of the penalty box and a penalty kick would not be rewarded. For the remainder of the game, Truman and Mizzou battled out a “nail-biter”, but it was Mizzou in the final 2 minutes of the game that struck the back of the net for the game winner.
Going into the final round-robin game against the Kansas University, Truman needed a victory if they wanted to advance to the semi-final match. Through 70 minutes of intense soccer and 6 corner kick opportunities for Truman within the last 10 minutes, Truman came up short with a tie. Through the round-robin rules, Truman had the same record as Mizzou, but lost to them in head-to-head play, forcing Truman out of the tournament.
Truman was able to make the Region IV NIRSA Tournament for the first time in 3 years and despite falling short, Truman finished their season with a record of 6-5-2, their best record in 4 years. Truman will practice once a week indoors throughout the Winter and begin practicing for the Spring 2012 season in late February.