The men's soccer team took on Duke in Alumni Stadium on 8/25.
Likely to start in the central midfield for the second consecutive season ... has appeared in 35 career games, including 22 starts ... four points on one goal and two assists ... could also play in the central defense ... earned all-BIG EAST accolades as a sophomore ... two monograms.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2012): Started every match and tallied four points on one goal and two assists ... Third Team All-BIG EAST ... named to the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic All-Tournament Team as he helped the Irish post wins over San Diego State (3-2) and Clemson (2-1) ... picked up his first career point when he assisted on the team's third goal in a 6-1 win at Seton Hall ... had a goal and an assist in the 3-2 overtime victory over Georgetown in the final of the BIG EAST Championship ... netted the equalizer with just 32 seconds left in regulation and then assisted on the golden goal in the win against the Hoyas that clinched the league title for the Irish ... selected to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team ... earned his second monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN (2011): Came off the bench in 13 matches for the Fighting Irish ... gave the Irish valuable minutes in the central midfield ... made his collegiate debut in the second game of the season, a 4-1 win over Dayton at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic ... earned a monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: NSCAA All-American (2010) ... NSCAA 2010 Kansas Player of the Year ... ESPNRise.com 2010 fall All-America team ... 2010 Kansas City Metro Player of the Year ... two-time Eastern Kansas League Offensive Player of the Year (2009 & 2010) ... four-year varsity letterwinner at Blue Valley West ... as a senior, tallied a school-record 27 goals and also had nine assists ... registered a school-record 47 career goals in addition to posting 24 assists ... helped the 2010 team to a 20-1 record and the Kansas 6A state title ... the 2010 team was ranked No. 12 nationally according to the NSCAA and ESPNRise.com Fab 50 ... captained his high school squad during his senior campaign ... five-time Kansas State Cup champion (2005-09, 2011) with his KCFC Rangers 92-93' squad ... five-time captain of his club team ... U.S. ODP Region II 93' Regional Team in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and was the team captain in `09 and `10 ... U.S. Youth Soccer Region II regional qualifier (2005-11) ... U.S. Youth Soccer Region II finalist in 2008 and Midwest Region League champion that same season ... attended the Notre Dame Elite Soccer Camp in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... selected to the Notre Dame Elite Soccer Camp All-Star Team in 2009 ... received the inaugural Kevin Gray Youth Player of the Year Award in August of 2011 ... the award is presented to the top youth player in the Kansas City area ... older brother Matt played at Notre Dame from 2006-09 and was an All-American and an Academic All-American ... Matt currently plays for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer (MLS) and is a member of the United States Senior National Team ... son of Greg and Diane Besler ... enrolled in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business as an accounting major.