MACOMB, Ill. – College Sports Madness announced its Preseason All-Summit League Teams on Monday and several Western Illinois men’s soccer team members were recognized.
Dr. Eric Johnson, the reigning Summit League Coach of the Year earned Preseason Coach of the Year honors, and the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, junior Charlie Bales, was named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Additionally, sophomore Diego Gonzalez was recognized as a Second Team All-League honoree.
Johnson is the Summit League’s all-time winningest coach with 129 career wins and has guided the Fighting Leathernecks to five conference titles in the past eight years.
Bales was a First Team all-leaguer last year, finishing the season with six points on two goals and two assists, and was also named MVP of the Summit League Tournament.
Bruinsma led the squad with 12 points on five goals and two assists, also earning Second Team All-Summit League kudos as a forward.
Jupic, a midfielder, totaled nine points on three goals and three assists in 19 matches for Western to earn Second Team All-Conference honors, as well.
Gonzalez spent his freshman season as a sparkplug off the bench, scoring three game-winning goals in his 16 games played at midfield.