Three NIU careers coming to a close

By Mark D. Morrey

Sunday’s NIU soccer match against Mid-Continent Conference foe Cleveland State will mark the final match of the collegiate careers of Dave Weichman, Todd Moore and Craig Williams.

In four years as a Huskie, Weichman has played in 71 matches while starting in 46 of them. This season he was honored as a tri-captain. Currently he is the leading scorer on the team with 15 points, and has 37 for his career.

Weichman has mixed emotions about ending his career.

“I’m sad it’s over but it gives me more time to get back to my studies,” he said. “It was a great experience.”

Moore was also a tri-captain this season. He has been the main playmaker and has taken a beating for it. He is often seen on the ground after making pinpoint accurate passes and then taking one for the team. Moore has 21 career points.

The midfielder had his season cut short last year after he suffered a knee injury on an assist of a game-winning goal.

“It’s too bad we started like we did,” Moore said about this season, “but we’re starting to play well.”

Moore is glad to be playing on his home field for his final match.

“I’m definitely glad we’re home,” he said. “We’ve been kind of in a crunch with all of the road trips.”

Williams is a three-year letterman who has recently sparked the team. Sparingly used in the first half of the year, he has recently come on strong. Coach Willy Roy has been extremely happy with his play, especially chasing down the loose balls.

“I’m going to miss it,” Williams said. “I’ve had a lot of fun these last couple of years.”

Roy is going to miss the three of them, too.

“You never want to lose anybody,” the coach said. “They will always be special to my heart. I’m proud to have all three young men in our program. I’ll be even prouder to see them get their degrees.”

Junior Jeff McCall may also be in his last match. He is graduating in May but still has one year of eligibility left.

“We still have some things to work out,” Roy said.

Weichman summed up his career with this, “I’m just happy to help the ball club. I just give it my best shot and the good Lord willing, things will work out. I just play them one day at a time.”