College Report: Michael Wiest, Scott Davis close out solid soccer careers

Looking back, Bowling Green State goal keeper Michael Wiest (Naperville North) wishes he had one more year of eligibility.

“I did not even talk to the coaching staff about a redshirt year,” said Wiest. “I wish I would have. I played only 26 minutes as a freshman. I loved the pressure and being the last line of defense. I loved being in control and seeing the entire field.”

For his career, Wiest allowed only 53 goals and made 218 saves, an 80.4 save percentage. He finished his career with a 20-20-10 mark. Wiest, who played in 53 games and made 52 starts, allowed less than one goal per game and closed out his career with 21 shutouts.

In his senior year, Wiest was 6-7-6 overall, making 75 saves and allowing 17 goals (0.82 goals per game). As a junior, he finished with 100 saves (5.0 saves per game), both of which were ranked in the top 25 nationally. One hundred saves was the seventh highest in the country, while 5.0 saves per game was 25th.

Wiest was named to the MAC’s second team after his senior season concluded. College Sports Madness selected him to the MAC first team. He also earned All-Ohio Team honors from the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association.

“I want to stay involved in the sport,” said Wiest. “I hope to eventually coach soccer and teach at the high school level. This year, I will help coach BGSU or a high school team in the area.”

The son of Dennis and Colleen Wiest of Naperville is slated to earn his degree in physical and health education in May 2015.

Scott Davis

Three of the four years that Neuqua Valley graduate Scott Davis was on the Bradley University men’s soccer team, the Braves advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament.

Two times, they advanced by winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. His senior season included a big win over Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament.

“Of those years, nothing could top my senior season,” said Davis. “We worked so hard to get to where we were and we had a great year. The win over Northwestern was awesome. I am going to miss the hype and competitiveness. I will miss it much more when they start playing games.

Bradley finished with a 14-7-2 mark, 3-2-1 in the conference. Davis, who played 20 games, finished the year with one goal and one assist. The midfielder helped hold the opposition to only 28 goals, (1.17 per game average).

For his career, Davis played in 82 games and finished with five goals, one a game-winner, and two assists. The Bradley defense held the opposition to 1.3 goals per game or less during each season Davis played. During Davis’ career, Bradley was 50-28-11 (13-9-3 in conference).

Davis, the son of Mike Davis of Indianapolis, Ind., and Cathy Verdone of Naperville, earned his degree in finance in May 2014. He is currently working for First State Bank of Illinois in Peoria.

Davis was on the Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester and was also a member of the MVC All-Academic first team as a junior and senior. He was the recipient of the Danny Dahlquist Endowed Scholarship, in memory of a Bradley soccer player.

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