Stars crowned NAC regular season champs
Courtesy of Dominican University, Sports Information Department
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- The Dominican University Stars secured their second Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) regular season conference championship in as many years, going 9-0-1 in NAC play during the regular season. Throughout the season, the Stars outscored their NAC opponents 46-2 in conference play, surrendering just one goal apiece to Aurora University and Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Junior forward Matt Kochanowski (Arlington Heights, IL) finished the season tops in the conference in assists per game and second in points per game. On the year, Kochanowski totaled seven goals and 15 assists for a total of 29 points in conference play. Fellow junior Plamen Pamukov (Addison, IL) tied Kochanowski for the team-lead in goals in conference play with seven goals in the Stars' ten NAC contests.
Defensively, the Stars posted the best goals against average in the conference, logging a miniscule 0.20 goals against average with a conference best eight shutouts. Junior goalkeeper Piotr Sliwa (Chicago, IL) boasted the conference top goals against average at 0.21 and best saves percentage with 18 saves on 20 shots on goal.
For their efforts throughout the regular season, the Stars earned the top-seed in the 2007 NAC Men's Soccer Tournament and received a first-round bye. The Stars will begin their 2006 NAC Tournament Championship defense on Wednesday, October 31 as they host the Concordia University (WI) Falcons in the semifinals of this year's tournament. The Stars won the lone match up of the two teams during the regular season 3-0 on October 6 at Dominican. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Dominican's West Campus Field.