MEQUON, Wis. - The Concordia University Wisconsin men's soccer team hosts St. Norbert College in their season opener on Thursday, Sept. 1 (5 p.m.) at Fitting Field.
The matchup will be the first of three contests in a four-day span for the Falcons, all of which are at home. CUW is led by two returning All-Northern Athletics Conference First Team honorees, sophomore defender Jacob Pope (Muskego, Wis.) and junior midfielder Kyle Sytsma (Antioch, Ill.). Sytsma led the Falcons last season with 27 points, 11 goals and five assists.
The strength of 19th-year Head Coach Tom Saleska's program is defense and all four of his defenders return - senior Bryan Samuel (Brookfield, Wis.), junior Jason Rogers (Glendale, Wis.), senior Jacob Streicher (West Allis, Wis.), and sophomore Jacob Pope (Muskego, Wis.).
The Falcons were selected to finish second in the NAC Preseason Poll after receiving 117 points. The selections were made by the conference's 12 head coaches.
CUW returns to the pitch Saturday, Sept. 3, at 4:30 p.m. versus St. John's University (Minn.). The Falcons will also play UW-Superior on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 3:30 p.m. to wrapup the three-match home stand.