Head Coach Larry Zelenz welcomed 42 players to campus on Tuesday, August 18 to begin pre-season practices for the 2009 season. The Gusties open regular season play with a contest against Bethany Lutheran College at home on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 4 pm. Zelenz will build his squad around 13 letterwinners including All-Region midfielder Fraser Horton and All-Conference defender Justin Eglseder.
Other returning letterwinners include senior forward Bret Vander Streek, senior midfielder Chris Adams, sophomore forward Mark Adams, sophomore defender Ben Ceder, sophomore midfielder Doug Frey, junior midfielder Ben Ikeda, senior midfielder Stefan Kolis, junior midfielder Max Malmquist, senior midfielder Skylar Schulz, junior goalkeeper Luke Strom, and senior defender Abul Suleyman.
The Gusties posted a record of 13-5-1 overall last season and finished second in the MIAC with a mark of 8-2-0.