CHS striker signs with Truman
After a prep soccer career that has spanned four years at Cassville High School, senior Nick Schlichtman will continue playing the game he loves at nationally ranked Truman State University in Kirksville.
Schlichtman signed a national letter of intent on Feb. 1, the opening day of NCAA signings around the nation.
"It's exciting that I get to continue my soccer career for at least four more years," said Schlichtman. "It has always been my dream to play college soccer, and it feels really good to have accomplished that."
This season, the four-year Wildcat starter tallied a single season school scoring record with 37 goals while playing on a team that took a district title and then finished third in the state in Class 2.
The Wildcats completed the 2005 campaign with a record of 23-5-1, and Schlichtman was a powerful reason for the program's success.
"Nick was the best offensive player in southwest Missouri this past season, and he was a real force for us as a leader as well," said Coach Terry Jamieson. "He had spectacular games against Neosho, Ozark, Monett and Carthage, and without his offense and field command, we would never have won 23 matches."
Schlichtman completed his career with 70 goals, which also set a school record, and he garnered enough assists to put himself in the top three all-time in that category as well. Schlichtman also holds the school record for most goals scored in a game with five.
This year, Schlichtman earned a host of impressive post-season honors. He was named to the All-State first team as well as the All-Region team. He was named Class 2, District 5 Player of the Year and was tapped All-District first team. The Springfield News-Leader selected Schlichtman as one of 12 soccer players in southwest Missouri named to its All-Ozarks first team.
When Schlichtman joins the Truman Bulldog soccer team, he'll become part of an NCAA soccer program that has achieved national status in recent years. Truman is currently ranked 13th in the nation among Division II schools, according to the latest Adidas/National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Bulldogs' ranking reached as high as 10th near the end of the season. Schlichtman decided to attend Truman State over the University of Central Arkansas, a Division I program.
"Soccerwise, Truman fit my style of play better than other schools," said Schlichtman. "I also felt like I could get along really well with all the players and the coach after going up and playing with them."
Coach Duke Cochran, men's soccer coach at Truman, said he is very pleased to have Schlichtman as one of his top recruits.
"I'm excited for him to come play here," said Coach Cochran. "He's an ambitious kid and player, and once he has adjusted to the college game, he will have a lot of success.
"What I saw in Nick and the reason I wanted him in the first place is that his first touch on the ball was always a good touch," said Coach Cochran. "It will just be the speed of play that I will work with him on. He will adapt quickly. Nick seems to be a very adaptable and fast learning player."
Schlichtman currently plays soccer for the Springfield Soccer Club. He is a member of the Springfield 87/88 boys team. Cassville goalkeeper Kyle Bishop is also a member of the squad, which competes in the Midwest Regional League and travels to showcase tournaments in various states.