00   Brian VanBuren
Brian VanBuren

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sycamore, IL

High School:
Sycamore

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 158

Position:
Goalie

Experience:
Walk-on Newcomer


NIU: Local boy makes good story as walk-on from nearby Sycamore takes part in spring campaign and earns roster slot by adding depth to goalkeeper corps.

Prep: Served as a genuine stonewall in goal during 2003 senior season by setting a school record for shutout victories with 16 whitewashes during 19-4-1 campaign which saw Sycamore just miss out on a fourth straight sectional title. Earned First-Team All-State from the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association, as well as IHSSCA All-Regional and First-Team All-Suburban Prairie Conference North as Spartans claimed share of SPC North crown. Served as letterwinning back-up keeper for coach Dave Lichamer's 2002 unit which posted stellar 21-2-2 ledger and made school's first-ever quarterfinal appearance for boys soccer. Two-year letterman in baseball under Jason Cavanaugh earned First-Team All-SPC North at first base as senior captain and offensive MVP as Spartans earned sectional title berth. Received SHS Honor Roll recognition all four years. Club: Logged five seasons with Sycamore Soccer Club.

Personal: Soccer's Ronaldinho and baseball's Jim Thome are favorite athletes. Birthdate: 10-11-85 (21). Major: Finance.

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