Three men’s soccer players were named to the MIAC All-Conference team for the 2005 season. Senior midfielder Bobby Kroog (Bloomington, Minn.) was named the MIAC’s Most Valuable Player and earned all-conference honors for the third year in a row. Senior midfielder Jonathan Astry (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and defender Jordan Iblings (Plymouth, Minn.) were also named to the first team, while senior forward Caleb Bousu (Burnsville, Minn.) and sophomore midfielder Jeffrey Johnson (Tonka Bay, Minn.) received honorable mention.
Kroog, an NSCAA All-America selection in 2003 and two time NSCAA All-West region selection, spent the 2005 season as the field marshall for a Gustie offense that led the MIAC in goals scored with 44, including 20 in conference play. He currently leads the team with 11 goals and 24 points and moved into the fifth place all-time on the Gustavus career goals list with 33. Kroog is also tied for sixth on the Gustavus career points list with 73. He was named MIAC Player of the Week on September 20, 2005 following a hat trick against Concordia (Minn.). Bobby Kroog is the second consecutive Gustie player, and third in school history to be named MIAC MVP. Scott Crowell was named MVP in 2000, while current Gustie assistant Joe Hartwell was named MVP last season.
Senior Jonathan Astry, an third-team NSCAA All-West Region selection in 2004, received all-conference honors for the second straight year, while senior Jordan Iblings received his first all-conference honor. Astry, a co-captain, recorded a pair of goals this season, including the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Carleton, and has been a solid performer in his third year as a starter. Iblings has scored one goal and four assists for six points this season and has started 80 of 81 possible games during his career.
Caleb Bousu and Jeffrey Johnson each earned honorable mention honors. Bousu was honored for the second time, also having been honored as a sophomore. Johnson was honored for the first time. Bousu finished with nine goals and six assists to tie Kroog for the team lead with 24 points. Bousu also spent much of the season moving up the Gustavus all-time charts. The aggressive forward is tenth in the all-time goals list with 25 goals, tied for tenth on the all-time assists list with 15 and ninth on the all-time points list with 65. He is one of six Gusties all-time in the top ten of all three major offensive categories. Bousu also tied a Gustavus school record with three assists against Concordia (Minn.) and was named Gustavus Male Athlete of the Month for September. Johnson scored five goals and five assists for 15 points and had two game-winning goals.
Gustavus finished 7-1-2 in the MIAC to tie Macalester for the league title. The Gusties were knocked out of the MIAC playoffs in the semifinal by Saint John’s, but were extended an at-large invitation to the 2005 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championships, their third straight and sixth overall. Gustavus defeated Hope College, 1-0, in a first round match-up November 11 in Whitewater, Wisconsin and will face Wheaton (Ill.) in a second round game on Saturday, November 12.