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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:10

Ozaukee’s Stadler, Garcia, and CG-Belgium’s Corgiat, Menzel get All-Big East honors

The Cedar Grove-Belgium and Ozaukee boys’ soccer teams didn’t have standout seasons, but a few individuals caught the eyes of Big East Conference coaches.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Nic Menzel was named to the all-conference first team, and Ozaukee’s Ivan Garcia made the second team.
Receiving honorable mention Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Andrew Corgiat and Ozaukee’s Ben Stadler.
Menzel played several positions for the Rockets, excelling everywhere he went. His coach Elias Garza called him “one of the most talented players in the conference.”
Menzel led the Rockets in scoring with six goals “despite playing many games at sweeper and was easily our best one-on-one dribbler and best passer regardless of the range,” Garza said.
Garza always put Menzel where he needed him most.
IVAN GARCIA (CR) s2093017031“Nic was always deployed in central positions anywhere from striker all the way back to goal keeper,” he said. “Nic would play sweeper against some of the more offensive and challenging opposition and would often get pushed up in games where, tactically, more of a offensive theme was desired.
“Nic was a soccer player, plain and simple. He was the one player in our squad who’s technique was a step above everyone else and he could go toe-to-toe with the best players in the conference.”
Besides his versatility in positions, Menzel could handle the ball any way he wanted and met challenges head on.
“He was equally adept with his left foot as his right. He was not shy about sacrificing his body for the team and would not back down from making tackles or from drawing them,” Garza said.
Menzel, a senior, also brought intangibles to the team.

“Nic’s leadership, willingness to defer and stay true to this program while not waivering on his commitment says all you need to know about this young man’s character,” Garza said.
Garcia led the Warriors in goals with nine, to go along with six assists.
His coach, also named Ivan Garcia, heralded his son’s versatility, playing him at forward, center midfield and outside midfield.
“He filled in when it was needed,” the coach said.
Garcia, he said, was the team’s “sparkplug” on offense.
“He was one of those kids who knew how to create plays. He communicated very good with the team and created a lot of plays,” he said.
Garcia was the team’s best ball handler and knew how to control and adjust the pace of play. “He’s a player who gets the ball and knows when to go fast or slow down,” his coach said.
A team captain, Garcia brought intangibles of leadership to the Warriors, addressing his teammates before games and during halftime.
Corgiat played center-back and middle-third to key the Rockets’ defense. His all-conference selection started well before the season ever got going.
“He showed tremendous commitment in the offseason which carried over into the regular season. The added weight, thanks to strength training, helped his physical style of play on both sides of the ball,” Garza said.
“He is strong with the ball at his feet, maintaining possession and distribution. Winning balls out of the air, communicating and showed quality in build-up play out of the back while linking up our thirds.”
Corgiat’s role became more vital when  last year’s all-conference honorable mention center back Aaron Veldhorst was sidelined midway through the year.
“I’m excited to have Andrew back for another year and see him continue to grow and develop on and off the pitch,” Garza said.
Stadler, another senior team captain, was the “heart of the defense” as the Warriors’ sweeper. “He was aggressive, one of those kids who was solid back there,” Garcia said.
“He communicated well. He was a great defender overall.”
Stadler scored twice off of corner kicks, and was someone the younger players looked up to, Garcia said.
Kohler, Oostburg and Howards Grove each had two players on the first team. Kohler won the conference.

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