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 Bahner_Matt_Web_large MATT BAHNER
Lakota West Class of 2008
Position: Midfielder/Defender (college & pro)
College: University of Cincinnati (class of 2012), BS Chemical EngineeringCollege Honors and Highlights:  Selected All-Ohio First Team by the Ohio Soccer Coaches Association (OSCA) in senior season (2012) after missing a full year (2011) with a knee injury… all-Big East second team and U.C. scoring leader with 20 points while starting all 19 matches at wide midfield… named UC’s Newcomer of the year in initial season after playing in all 19 games, starting 16.Pro Entry: Signed by Harrisburg City Islanders in the second tier of the American Professional league.Pro Career Summary:  Now in fifth season playing midfield and defender. Spent two seasons with Harrisburg City Islanders, two seasons with Jacksonville Armada FC, and currently with the Cincinnati FC, all second tier American Professional league teams. Credited with 6 pro goals.

Current Status: Signed to a contract with Cincinnati FC of the United Soccer League (USL).

This section last updated on 12/25/2017


 NickHagglund1-600x338 Nick Hagglund
Lakota West Class of 2010
Position: Defender
College: Xavier University (class of 2013)College Honors & Highlights:  2013 Big East Defender of the Year, first Xavier player so honored… Named one of the top 10 defenders and Top 100 players in College soccer by Top in 2013… Atlantic 10 All Rookie and All tournament teams in 2010… Part of 31 shutouts at Xavier.  For more see Xavier U. media guides.MLS Entry:  10th overall in 1st round.  Toronto FC’s first pick in 2014 MLS super draft  (signed for $48,500 season guaranteed)MLS Career Summary:  Now in fourth MLS season (2014-present) with Toronto. Has played in 78 games (68 regular season and 10 in two playoffs) starting in 58 games (52 regular seaon and 6 playoff ) First Lakota school district alum to play major league soccer.  Scored two goals in rookie year. Scored go ahead goal in 68th minute helping send Toronto FC to its first-ever MLS Cup final in 2016.  Hagglund played outside defender for a full 120 minutes in the finals leading to a 0-0 tie, before the Seattle Sounders won the MLS championship, 5-4 in a penalty kick shootout.Current Status:  Starting player (both outside and center defender) for Toronto FC in the MLS.

This section last updated on 12/25/2017