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    Matt Besler

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Overland Park, KS

    High School:
    Blue Valley West

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 170

    Position:
    Defense


    10/02/2013

    Bobby Clark: If His Office Walls Could Talk

    Latest in a series, offering an inside look at some of the meaningful items that line the walls in the offices of Notre Dame's head coaches.

    Became first player in program history to garner both first-team All-America and first-team Academic All-America honors during his career as he received both accolades as a senior • a three-time all-BIG EAST performer, including first-team honors as a senior • played in 90 career games, which was one shy of the program record • started 83 matches • totaled 17 career points on five goals and seven assists • a BIG EAST Academic All-Star • trained with the U.S. U-20 National Team • a four-time monogram winner • selected eighth overall in the first round of the 2009 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft by his home state Kansas City Wizards • that marked the highest a Notre Dame player had ever been taken in the MLS draft.

    AS A SENIOR: Received both first-team All-America and first-team Academic All-America honors • named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year • he was the first student-athlete in Irish men's soccer history to garner that distinction • named to the all-BIG EAST first team • all-Great Lakes Region first team • Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist • received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship • served as a team captain for the second straight year • one of two Irish players (Aaron Maund) to play every possible minute during the season (1,936) • notched three points on one goal and one assist • helped the Notre Dame defense post seven shutouts • named the Defensive MVP of the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament as the Irish took the crown with wins over Dartmouth (2-1) and No. 5 USF (5-0) • also selected to the College Soccer News national team of the week for his efforts in the tournament • netted a goal in a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh • named the BIG EAST defensive player of the week and to the Soccer America national team of the week for his performance against the Panthers and in a 3-0 win over Michigan State earlier that week • collected an assist in a 3-1 victory over Providence.

    AS A JUNIOR: Copped second-team all-BIG EAST honors for the second straight season • also earned second-team all-Great Lakes Region accolades • was a second-team NSCAA Scholar All-American • posted identical numbers as his sophomore season with six points on two goals and two assists • helped the Irish defense limit opponents to just 0.83 goals-per game • attempted 13 shots • netted the equalizer in the 76th minute in a 1-1 tie with Cincinnati • assisted on the team's second goal in a 3-0 triumph of No. 16 Michigan • dished out an assist on the second goal in a 2-0 win over Seton Hall • scored the game's first goal in the 27th minute in a 2-2 draw at Providence • named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Named to the all-BIG EAST second team • started all 23 games • tallied six points on two goals and two assists • the point and goal totals were career-highs, while the assists tied a career-best mark • attempted 12 shots • led the team with 2,073 minutes played • had one game-winning goal (Michigan State) • notched an assist in a 3-0 win over DePaul in the regular season • scored his first career goal in a 3-1 triumph of Pittsburgh • assisted on a goal in a 4-0 victory over Marquette • tallied a goal in a 3-0 win over Michigan State • named to the 2006-07 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Contributed mightily during his rookie campaign as he played in 22 games with five starts • collected two assists • attempted 12 shots • was named to the College Soccer News `100 Freshmen to Watch' list • recorded his first career points with two assists in a 4-0 victory over No. 16 Seton Hall • made first collegiate start against Bradley • started three games in-a-row late in the season against Seton Hall and in BIG EAST tournament games against Syracuse and St. John's • netted the penalty kick that iced Notre Dame's 4-2 shootout victory over Syracuse during the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament • named to the 2005-06 BIG EAST Academic All-Start Team.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Four-year all-conference soccer player at Blue Valley West High School • led Blue Valley to the Kansas 5A State Championship as a senior, scoring 23 goals with 19 assists • holds season and career marks in total points (124), goals (40) and assists (44) at Blue Valley West • numerous senior accolades, including all-city, all-state, team MVP along with being team captain • member of the KCFC Alliance club team • also a key member of the Region II Olympic Developmental Program (ODP), playing on the U-16 U.S. National Team • named an adidas/NSCAA High School All-American • competed in the 2004 adidas ESP All-Star game • rated 16th for midfielders in the Class of 2005 by StudentSportsSoccer.com • played basketball as a freshman at Blue Valley West • was a member of the National Honor Society • attended same high school as Brett Helgeson, an '09 graduate and four-year monogram winner from the Irish men's tennis team • from the same area as former Irish teammate Michael Thomas • born Feb. 11, 1987 • son of Greg and Diane Besler • father played football for one season at Kansas State and his mother competed in field hockey and track and field for one year while at New Hampshire • has two younger siblings • graduated from the College of Arts and Letters as a pre-professional and psychology major with a 3.518 cumulative GPA.

    Besler's Career Statistics

    Year GP-GS Sh G A Pts GW
    2005 22-5 12 0 2 2 0
    2006 23-23 12 2 2 6 1
    2007 24-24 13 2 2 6 0
    2008 21-21 13 1 1 3 0
    Totals 90-73 50 5 7 17 1
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