Steps Forward

Photo credit: Julia Wall
Photo credit: Julia Wall

WATERTOWN, Wis. -- There's no doubt about it - the 2019 Sabercats Men's Soccer Team took steps forward.

After finishing the regular season above .500 for the first time in five years, the team earned an at-large bid to the NCCAA DII National Tournament, marking a memorable end to nine four-year careers and a fitting sendoff to some 14 seniors.


Steps Forward

Last season was frustrating for the team, as they were handed five one-goal losses in a winless opening stretch of the season, but their resilience paid off last year and their persistence was rewarded this year, as they got some overdue results. It started with a 2-1 overtime win over Emmaus Bible College, then back-to-back shutout wins against Faith Baptist (4-0) and Lakeland (2-0) launched the Sabercats into the rest of a competitive season.

The Sabercats entered the NCCAA North Region Tournament with only three losses in their last 12 games, but their hopes at the regional title were stopped short at the first hurdle - Moody Bible Institute took home a 2-0 win in the North Region Semifinal.

But it wouldn't end there, as the Sabercats' power rating earned them a place at the national stage for the first time since 2014. As it turned out, the Sabercats were drawn into the "group of death" as they fell to the #1-seeded Randall University Saints and the #4-seeded Pensacola Christian College Eagles, who eventually won the national title in overtime.

All in all, the season was one to remember, as the Sabercats finished with a top-six nationals finish and plenty to remember in the 2019 season.


At a Glance

  • Record: 8-9-2
  • NCCAA Record: 6-4-0
  • NCCAA Finish: National Pool Play
  • Home Record: 5-4-1
  • Notable: 14 seniors on the roster



At Tuesday's Athletic Awards Assembly, the Sabercats announced their team awards, which are voted on by the team and are based on the team's CORE BELIEF DOCUMENT. In addition to these honors, the student-athletes earned awards from the National Christian College Athletic Association.

A complete breakdown of the awards is listed below:

Process Award Teddy Kincaid
Qualities of the Heart Award Caleb Hockema
Qualities of the Mind Award Austin DeAngelo
Qualities of Action Award Asa St. Lawrence
Jamie O'Dell Leadership Award Kevin Risma
NCCAA All-Region Selections  
Tim Kinzler Asa St. Lawrence  
Zeke Steuerwald  
NCCAA All-American 2nd Team Selection     
Zeke Steuerwald  
NCCAA Scholar-Athletes (JR, SR, GS only)  
Eldiiar Amankulov Kevin Burns
Nathan Campbell Austin DeAngelo
Garrett Gleason Teddy Kincaid
Tim Kinzler Tyler Nelson
Kevin Risma Stephen Roer
Joel Shepard Asa St. Lawrence
Zeke Steuerwald  


For more on the program, visit their team page HERE.

A Forward Look
June 24, 2020 A Forward Look
Hosting Hopes
June 19, 2020 Hosting Hopes
Back to Business
June 17, 2020 Back to Business
Remembering History
May 21, 2020 Remembering History
June Camps Cancelled
April 22, 2020 June Camps Cancelled
High Notes
April 4, 2020 High Notes
Unfinished Business
March 28, 2020 Unfinished Business
Close Calls
March 23, 2020 Close Calls
Opening Day Letters
March 20, 2020 Opening Day Letters
Coronavirus Cancellations
March 16, 2020 Coronavirus Cancellations
Depue Makes it Two
March 16, 2020 Depue Makes it Two
Nationals Cancelled
March 12, 2020 Nationals Cancelled
Callie Highlights Honors
March 11, 2020 Callie Highlights Honors
Johnson Honored Again
March 10, 2020 Johnson Honored Again
Wilkerson Awarded
March 6, 2020 Wilkerson Awarded
Nationals Insider
March 4, 2020 Nationals Insider
First Hurdle
February 27, 2020 First Hurdle
For Three
February 26, 2020 For Three
Sizing Up the Seedings
February 19, 2020 Sizing Up the Seedings
Callie Collects
February 14, 2020 Callie Collects
Classroom Competence
February 13, 2020 Classroom Competence
Running Da Show
February 3, 2020 Running Da Show
Inside the Field
January 23, 2020 Inside the Field
Year Three
January 16, 2020 Year Three
DeLozier Steps In
January 3, 2020 DeLozier Steps In
Twice Honored
December 13, 2019 Twice Honored
Steps Forward
December 13, 2019 Steps Forward
Lofty Standards
December 13, 2019 Lofty Standards
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
December 10, 2019 Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Home Stretch
December 10, 2019 Home Stretch
Unfinished Business
December 9, 2019 Unfinished Business
Twice Around for Johnson
December 1, 2019 Twice Around for Johnson
Best of the Best
November 27, 2019 Best of the Best
Nationals Scouting Report
November 19, 2019 Nationals Scouting Report
St. Lawrence Honored
November 18, 2019 St. Lawrence Honored
Revenge Ready
November 16, 2019 Revenge Ready
The Kick
November 15, 2019 The Kick
Looking Ahead
November 11, 2019 Looking Ahead
The Best in the North
November 9, 2019 The Best in the North
Living to Fight
November 9, 2019 Living to Fight
Two of the Best
November 9, 2019 Two of the Best
Sizing up the Semis
November 7, 2019 Sizing up the Semis
Flying Fopma in Focus
November 1, 2019 Flying Fopma in Focus
Wide Open
October 29, 2019 Wide Open
Work to Do
October 29, 2019 Work to Do
Nelson Gets the Nod
October 28, 2019 Nelson Gets the Nod
In Memory of Terry Price
October 25, 2019 In Memory of Terry Price
Four For Fopma
October 21, 2019 Four For Fopma
Fopma Goes Farther
October 14, 2019 Fopma Goes Farther
Triple Trouble
October 8, 2019 Triple Trouble
Johnson at the Top
October 1, 2019 Johnson at the Top
Hansel Honored
September 30, 2019 Hansel Honored
Kinzler Collects
September 30, 2019 Kinzler Collects
Shepard Snags Award
September 23, 2019 Shepard Snags Award
NCCAA Top 10 - September 17
September 18, 2019 NCCAA Top 10 - September 17
A Nod for Johnson
September 16, 2019 A Nod for Johnson
Fopma in the Spotlight
September 10, 2019 Fopma in the Spotlight
Fresh Start
September 10, 2019 Fresh Start
Off and Running
September 5, 2019 Off and Running
Maranatha Memories
August 31, 2019 Maranatha Memories
Reynolds Rewarded
August 30, 2019 Reynolds Rewarded
Eyes on the Prize
August 28, 2019 Eyes on the Prize
Just the Facts
August 23, 2019 Just the Facts
Dual Purpose
August 6, 2019 Dual Purpose
Borchardt Takes Over
August 1, 2019 Borchardt Takes Over