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Schulman leads men’s soccer team to success through adversity

For the past eight years, Joe Schulman has been an Indiana Wesleyan University assistant men’s soccer coach until recently being named interim head coach after Coach Mark Castro resigned.


Coach Schulman led the men's soccer team on and off the field this season.

Coach Schulman led the men’s soccer team on and off the field this season.

Despite the adversity of changing head coaches, the team had a successful season, finishing with an 18-2-0 record, a Crossroads League Tournament Championship and a berth in the NAIA National Championship Tournament.

 Schulman has encountered personal difficulties taking over as head coach, but has sought the Lord through both his own and the team’s trials.

 “Coach Castro is one of my best friends and I came here to coach with him, but I’m not getting to coach with him now and personally it has been difficult,” Schulman said. “[Taking over as head coach] has taught me many lessons, and anytime we are tested, our faith is tested, or bad things happen to us, our immediate response needs to be worship.”

 Keaton Albert (jr) said the journey of this season has been challenging.

 “Personally I would say it’s been tough. It’s like taking a father figure out and putting a new one in with yet another relationship of trust,” Albert said. “However, [Coach Schulman] has done a great job of being personal yet also being a coach.”

 According to Albert, Schulman has kept the integrity and culture Coach Castro created.

 “He has taken what Coach Castro built and allowed it to grow instead of doing a complete 180,” Albert said. “When Coach Castro left, he left groundwork, but when Joe came in, he took that groundwork and made it even higher to what it could be, so everything spiritually, tactically, on the field and off the field has become a lot more professional.”

 Schulman has also sustained Castro’s coaching styles and techniques while taking over as interim head coach.

 “I had coached with [Castro] for eight years, so coaching wise I am very similar in personality and how I lead the team,” Schulman said. “Because I have been here on and off for eight years, they [the team] know me and I know them, so they haven’t had to relearn a different style of coaching.”

Coach Schulman lives in a townhouse on campus, allowing him to be even more involved in his player’s lives by spending time with them off the field as well. Schulman regularly eats at Baldwin Dining Room, attends chapel and goes to worship events such as The Well.

 “It’s not really a ministry or anything intentional as much as we hang out a lot together and we share a life together during the season — we call it a brotherhood,” Schulman said. “I get to eat with them, have fun with them and grow with them on and off the field.”

Schulman hugs Keaton Albert (jr) after the team's season-ending loss to Vanguard.

Schulman hugs Keaton Albert (jr) after the team’s season-ending loss to Vanguard.

Schulman encourages the team to maintain their vitality through spiritual strength and drawing closer to God. His number one goal is to develop spiritual discipline and to equip the players for what they will need when they leave IWU.

 Evan Young (so) believes Schulman goes above and beyond by leading team devotions, worship events and as many other venues as he can think of.

“His focus has been to continually challenge us to press into God,” Young said. “We’ve been doing things as a team that will grow us spiritually and from that we have had the attitude to overcome our adversity.”

Schulman proposes team Bible readings where players read a chapter a day, everyday. They have gone through the books of John, Luke, 1 John, 2 John and 3 John and are currently on Ecclesiastes.

“When you don’t have somebody around that you thought you were going to have around all year who was leading your program, it becomes difficult,” Schulman said. “But by the grace of God and by the guys pushing in and buying into the spiritual disciplines, we’ve been able to have success and continue to succeed on the field because of, in my opinion, what we are doing off the field.”

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Vanguard shocks Wildcats men’s soccer in shootout


Photo by Hannah Whelchel.

The No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer team’s season came to a heartbreaking end as the Vanguard University Lions defeated the Wildcats 4-3 in a shootout after a scoreless draw in the NAIA National Championship opening round Saturday, Nov. 22.

Both teams came into the match on win streaks. The Lions had won six straight en route to a Golden State Athletic Conference Championship, while the Wildcats were riding a 17-game win streak into the contest.

It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half as both teams had quality chances for goals. The Wildcats dominated the shot total, though, outshooting the Lions nine to two with five shots on goal. Vanguard goalkeeper Brandon Gomez (fr) made some impressive saves to keep the game scoreless heading into halftime.

The Lions picked up their physicality in the second half, led by midfielder Brian Pautasso (sr). Pautasso was given a yellow card after arguing a foul call with the officials. IWU took eight more shots in the second half while Vanguard did not manage a single shot. Several Wildcats shots were inches away from finding the back of the net, but the score remained tied 0-0 after regulation.

Two overtimes were not enough to settle this game as both teams had several chances but could not score in the overtime periods. The game had to be settled by penalty kicks.

Tyrone Martin (sr) missed the first penalty shot for the Wildcats, followed by a goal from Juan Arellano (so) for the Lions. Keaton Albert (jr), Corey Lopez (jr) and Evan Young (so) matched the scores by goalkeeper Brandon Gomez (fr), Luke Kadillak (jr) and Jesus Fregoso (jr) for the Lions.

With the Wildcats down 4-3 in penalty kicks, Jacob Beerman (sr) missed his shot and Vanguard pulled off the upset.


Photo by Hannah Whelchel.

Interim Head Coach Joe Schulman said he told his team to keep their heads up despite the shocking loss.

“They’re rock stars for Christ and that’s the most important thing about life so [I told them to] keep pressing in and lead the campus,” Schulman said.

Schulman also praised the senior leadership of Dylan Bronkema, J.C. Mahaffey, Sam Kane, Martin, Beerman and Thomas Canfield.

“The seniors are tremendous,” Schulman said. “All of them.”

The Wildcats men’s soccer team finishes the season with a record of 18-2 and as Crossroads League Champions.

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Men’s basketball continues offensive success in rout of Judson

The 8-0 Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team reached 100 points for the third straight game Tuesday, Nov. 18 in a resounding 104-71 victory over visiting Judson University (Ill.).

Zac Vandewater (sr) gets ready to shoot a three-point shot.

Zac Vandewater (sr) gets ready to shoot a three-point shot. // Photo taken by Becka Roth

The 0-7 Eagles started out the game firing from the three-point line and kept the score close early in the first half, at one point drawing to an 11-10 score in favor of the Wildcats.

However, IWU quickly squashed Judson’s hopes of an upset.

By midway through the opening period, the Wildcats had built a 34-17 lead, thanks to playmaking defense and an impressive transition offense attack. On the game, the Eagles turned the ball over 24 times to the Wildcats’ 11, which IWU used to its advantage on the fast break.

It was smooth sailing from then on for the Wildcats. At one point, the lead ballooned to 99-58 before both teams put in their reserves to finish the game.

Lane Mahurin (so) led the Wildcats with 19 points on an ultra-efficient 7-of-8 shooting from the field, and Josh Mawhorr (jr) and Bob Peters (so) added 17 and 16, respectively.

"Wesley the Third" was unveiled during halftime.

“Wesley the Third” was unveiled during halftime. // Photo taken by Jared Johnson

The primary setup man for IWU’s big point-scorers was point guard Jonny Marlin (jr), who dished out 10 assists. Despite playing over 23 minutes, Marlin did not attempt a single field goal in the game.

Wildcats Head Coach Greg Tonagel is pleased with how his team has treated its early-season schedule.

“Coming off of 40-point victories, it’s hard to have good practices,” Tonagel said. “But the team is working hard every day.”

At halftime, the athletic department unveiled a new costume for the school’s mascot, Wesley the Wildcat. The new outfit is the first one for the mascot since 1998.

The Wildcats take the court 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. The contest will be IWU’s first Crossroads League matchup of the season.

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Men’s soccer repeats as Crossroads League champions

Keaton Albert (jr) scored two goals for the Wildcats tonight. (photo by Lauren Dafoe)

Keaton Albert (jr) scored two goals for the Wildcats tonight. (photo by Lauren Dafoe)

The Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer team won their second straight Crossroads League Tournament Championship on Saturday, Nov. 15 by defeating Goshen College 3-0.

The Wildcats scored less than two minutes into the championship game as Keaton Albert (jr) announced his presence at Wildcat Field by scoring a goal with a header past Goshen College’s goalie Dean Nafziger (jr). Tyrone Martin (sr) assisted on the goal.

With eighteen minutes left in the first half, Albert was at it again with a sneaky shot that deflected off of a Goshen defender, raising the IWU lead to 2-0.

“The last two games, I didn’t get the results I was wanting,” Albert said. “I was overjoyed to pull this off for the team.”

IWU came out in the second half with exceptional energy. The Goshen defense struggled to keep up with the Wildcats’ offensive attack. IWU attempted eight shots while Goshen only attempted two.

Sam Kane (sr) scored the final goal of the night for the Wildcats. (photo by Lauren Dafoe)

Sam Kane (sr) scored the final goal of the night for the Wildcats. (photo by Lauren Dafoe)

Sam Kane (so) scored the final goal of the evening to make the score 3-0.

Interim Head Coach Joe Schulman said the team earned one of their season-long goals: a Crossroads League Championship.

“The guys battled hard and earned the win,” Schulman said. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work for months now.”

The Wildcats improve to 18-1-0 on the year and are ranked fifth in the latest NAIA national poll, the best ranking in team history.

The Crossroads League Championship secured the Wildcats’ place in the NAIA National Tournament. The team will play their first round game at Wildcat Field next Saturday, Nov. 22.

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