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2011 Soccer Season Preview
During the first three seasons of the soccer program at UST, the team quickly became respected across the nation despite its relative infancy. The combined record was 22-23-3 with a great deal of improvement throughout. The Celts have played a very high level of competition in their early seasons, defeating conference champions, nationally ranked opponents as well as many national tournament qualifiers.

The best season for the Celts was 2010. Once again the Celts were seeded No. 22 in A.I.I. Conference Tournament, but they made it to the championship of the tournament for the first time. The Celts faced nationally ranked No. 2 Simon Fraser in the championship match. Although the Celts lost the match 0-1, the Celts earned a birth to the NAIA National Tournament in only its fourth year. UST finished with a record of 10-7-2, playing a very strong schedule including six national tournament qualifiers. The Celts placed 6 players on the All-Conference Teams. Seven seniors graduated including four starters and leading goal scorer, All-Conference and All Region selection Jad el Masri as well as three-time All-Conference, All-Region, and All-American Goalkeeper Lukas Simon.

The 2011 squad has nine seniors including four All-Conference players. A strong recruiting class looks to keep up the winning tradition established by the previous players. This team will have the opportunity to compete as a member of the Red River Conference and begin new traditions. The team will be looking to Captain Jack Brett to lead the team on and off the field. Along with Brett, Rafael Bustos will be an attacking threat for the Celts. Bustos has led the team in scoring two out of the last three seasons. This team continues to impress and improve, and with the very strong returning squad currently in place there is no doubt that the 2011 season will be another very successful campaign.

As this program continues to grow and mature, the constant goals are simple: do everything to the highest standard, whether it is done in the classroom, in our community or on the field. To out-work everyone and to improve every day is the only way to move forward. This is a program that will continue to make noise and other teams in this region and nationally will certainly be looking out for the Celts.

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