The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer coaches have released the 2003 all-conference team and three Gusties have been named to the squad. They are junior midfielder Joe Hartwell (Apple Valley, MN), sophomore midfielder Bobby Kroog (Bloomington, MN) and senior midfielder Scott Storlie (Plymouth, MN).
Hartwell, who scored two goals and two assists for six points in 22 games, was a key part of a midfield unit that allowed very few teams to produce any kind of an attack. He is an all-around player who is as much of a threat on the outside of the attack as he is at shutting down the opponent defensively. This is the second consecutive year Hartwell has been named to the all-conference team.
Kroog, an explosive offensive player, led the team in scoring with 15 goals and one assist for 31 points. He was also very solid in the clutch as he scored eight game-winning goals. Kroog scored the first goal of the game for the Gusties nine times this season with five of those goals turning out to be game-winning goals. His 31 points this season is the ninth highest single season total in school history.
Storlie, a four-year regular in the midfield for the Gusties, was the fifth leading scorer on the team with three goals and three assists for nine points. He started every game for the Gusties this season and played in 73 of 78 games during his career. Two of Storlie’s three goals this season came at very critical times including the Gusties only goal in a 1-1 regular season tie with conference champion Macalester and the first goal in the Gusties 2-1 win over Macalester in the MIAC Playoff Championship game.
Gustavus finished the season with a 16-1-5 mark, winning the first ever MIAC Post-Season Tournament and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the University of Redlands
(0-0 tie, lost 4-3 in a shootout) in California. The team allowed only six goals in 22 games and set a school record for shutouts with 17.