Men's Soccer

The University of Dubuque men’s soccer team shared the Iowa Conference title in 2010 and have been a perennial favorite in league play. The Spartans have celebrated over 100 total victories and have lost only a handfull of games in the American Rivers Conference. 

The Spartans will push the ball up the field, attack quickly, and be the aggressor when they compete. Expect the Spartans to battle every time for the 50-50 balls while keeping the ball on their opponents half throughout the matches. The play offers many chances to compete, UD players have been named All-Iowa Conference over 30 times, NSCAA All-North Region six times, All-American twice, Academic All-Iowa Conference nearly 30 times, and Academic All-Region five times.

Men's Soccer News

A-R-C Announces Men's Soccer All-Conference

Nov 7, 2018

UD’s Cameron Scott, Dominik Chece and Joshua Merkel were named Honorable Mention All-Conference for the 2018 season as announced by the American Rivers Conference on Wednesday.

Men's Soccer Season Ends with Defeat to #23 Luther

Oct 23, 2018

The University of Dubuque men’s soccer team closed out the 2018 season with a road loss at #23 Luther, 1-0. This ends a run of 11 straight years of qualifing for the conference tournament for the men's program.

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Upcoming Events

Men's Soccer

Aug 30, 2019 | 7:30 PM — 10:00 PM | Dubuque, Iowa

vs. Carroll University

Men's Soccer

Sep 1, 2019 | 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM | Monmouth, Ill.

at Monmouth

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
00 Brandon White Goalkeeper 6-0 230 Sophomore Minooka, Ill.
5 Dominik Chece Midfield 5-11 164 Sophomore Woodstock, Ill.
9 Jake Persenico Forward 5-11 158 Freshman South Elgin, Ill.
10 Chris Rigby Midfield 5-11 165 Junior Algonquin, Ill.
12 Jacob Kryscio Defender 6-0 160 Freshman Delafield, Wis.
15 Axel Aaman Midfield 6-1 170 Freshman Taeby, Sweeden
16 Pablo Zorrilla Forward 5-10 185 Freshman Kaiserslautern, Germany
18 Joshua Merkel Defender 5-8 150 Sophomore Streamwood, Ill.
19 Zach Elias Midfield 5-10 160 Freshman Bettendorf, Iowa
20 Gloire Luwara Forward 5-9 170 Freshman Rock Island, Ill.
22 Roody Joinvil Midfield 5-6 134 Freshman Edina, Minn.
23 Alessandro Corazzina Midfield 6-1 162 Freshman Park Ridge, Ill.
24 James Flowers Defender 6-2 170 Freshman Chicago, Ill.
25 Kevin Noonan Defender 5-8 151 Sophomore Wheaton, Ill.
27 Daniel Bacskai Midfield 6-3 170 Sophomore Herrenberg, Germany
29 Nicholas Russey Defender 5-8 185 Sophomore Kaiserslautern, Germany
35 Unla Husseini Midfield 5-8 155 Freshman Wheaton, Ill.
38 Christian Gonzalez Midfield 5-5 118 Freshman Gilbert, Ariz.
43 Brian Jome Goalie 6-0 170 Freshman Bloomington, Ill.

2019 Schedule

Aug. 24

vs. Augustana Coll. (Exh.)

Dubuque, IA

1 p.m.

Aug. 30

vs. Carroll College

Dubuque, IA

7:30 p.m.

Sept. 1

at Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

1 p.m.

Sept. 7

vs. Elmhurst College

Dubuque, IA

3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8

vs. Univ. St. Scholastica

Dubuque, IA

3:30 p.m.

Sept. 14

at  MSOE

Milwaukee, WI


Sept. 18

at UW- Platteville

Platteville, WI


Sept. 21 

vs. Grinnell College

Dubuque, IA

1 p.m.

Sept. 24

at IL Wesleyan Univ.

Bloomington, IL

7 p.m.

Sept. 28

at Buena Vista Univ.*

Storm Lake, IA

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 1

at North Park Univ.

Chicago, IL

7 p.m.

Oct. 5

vs. Neb. Wesleyan Univ.*

Dubuque, IA

7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9

at Wartburg College*

Waverly, IA

7:30 p.m.


at Central College*

Pella, IA

2:30 p.m.

Oct. 15

vs. Luther College*

Dubuque, IA

7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23

at Loras College*

Dubuque, IA

7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26

vs. Simpson College*

Dubuque, IA

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 29

vs. Coe College*

Dubuque, IA

7:30 p.m.

Nov. 2

1st Round A-R-C Tourney



Nov. 6

A-R-C Tourney Semifinals 



Nov. 9

A-R-C Tourney Championship



BOLD = Home, * = American Rivers Conference Opponent

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson
Head Men's Soccer Coach; World View Seminar Faculty

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3692
Office Location: 218 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

Brad Johnson joined the University of Dubuque Spartans in 2004 as the Men's and Women's Assistant Soccer Coach. After helping guide both programs to new heights, he was named the Associate Head Men's Soccer Coach in 2008. Following a successful 2008 season, Johnson was promoted to the position of Head Men's Soccer Coach.

Coach Johnson led the Spartans to a runner-up IIAC finish in 2015 and UD's first-ever appearance in the IIAC tournament title game. Johnson coached Gonzalo Hernandez-Cascante, who earned the Spartans only offensive MVP in school history, after leading the league in goals, assists, points, and game-winners.

Since taking over the head coaching position, Johnson has coached one IIAC offensive MVP, 32 All-Iowa Conference athletes (13-First Team/19-Second Team), 6 All-Region performers, and 28 Academic All-Conference student-athletes. A team-best six Spartans were named to the All-Iowa Conference list in the 2015, 2010 and 2009 seasons. The 2010 team went 7-1 in Iowa Conference play to claim a share of the regular season title. The Spartans have qualified for the IIAC Tournament all seven seasons under Johnson. 

The Spartans have finished in the Top-3 in the Iowa Conference in five of Johnson's seven seasons at the helm.

Johnson currently holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) -B- License, NSCAA Goalkeeping License, and NSCAA Special Topic License. He is actively involved in the Dubuque Soccer Club and is currently the U-13 to U-18 Director of Coaching. As well, Johnson was previously the Head Boy's Soccer Coach at Hempstead High School in Dubuque.

He attended Loras College for four years, where he was a three-time captain, four-year All-Iowa Conference honoree, an All-Region selection, and garnered Iowa Conference MVP honors. He holds the records at Loras College for most points and goals scored in a career.

Johnson received a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Dubuque and his Bachelor Degree in Finance from Loras College. He and his wife Jenny reside in Dubuque.

Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Year Overall Conf.    
2009 14-4-2 7-1-0 2nd Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2010 15-5-0 7-1-0 1st Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2011 12-5-2 5-3-0 3rd Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2012 11-6-1 5-2 2nd Place   *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2013 6-11-1 3-4 5th Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2014 7-9-3 4-2-1 4th Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2015 12-6-1 5-2 2nd Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2016 13-6-0 6-2 2nd Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier; NCAA Tournament Qualifier
2017 8-6-3 4-2-2 5th Place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2018 4-12-0 2-6-0 7th Place
 Total    102-70-13     48-25-3     Spartan Men's Soccer All-Time Wins Leader

Viktor Bergstrand
Viktor Bergstrand
Associate Head Men's Soccer Coach

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, Embry-Riddle University

Office Phone: 563.589.3254
Office Location: 219 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Viktor Bergstrand joined the University of Dubuque Spartans in 2010 as the Assistant Soccer Coach. Bergstrand was later elevated to Associate Head Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach.

The women have compiled a 73-40-8, 27-14-3 Iowa Conference record that includes one regular season Iowa Conference title, one Iowa Conference Tournament Championships in 2014, and an Iowa Conference Tournament qualifier every year. After a 10-7-2 finish in 2015, the senior class went out as the winningest class in school history with 53 wins from 2012-15.

The men have posted a record of 63-37-8, 29-14-1 Iowa Conference in his tenure, including an Iowa Conference regular season championship in 2010 and an Iowa Conference Tournament qualifier every year. In 2015, the Spartans reached their first-ever IIAC title game after 5-2 finish in IIAC play.

A former goalkeeper himself, Bergstrand coached two-time, Second Team All-Iowa Conference selection and holder of seven school records, women's goalkeeper Tiffany Duncan from 2011-2014. In 2014, Duncan tallied 99 saves and a 0.81 goals against average for one of the best defensive teams in the country. The senior anchored a defense that captured the 2014 Iowa Conference regular season and tournament titles in qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.

In 2014, men's junior goalkeeper, Riley Jensen, led the Iowa Conference in saves and became the first UD goalkeeper named to the First-Team All-Iowa Conference team. Jensen was also named Second Team All-Iowa Conference in 2015 and became the only UD goalkeeper in school history to be named All-IIAC twice.

Prior to UD, Bergstrand served as a 4-year starting Goalkeeper at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Bergstrand helped the Eagles to three NAIA National Tournaments in four years, three regular season conference titles, and two conference tournament titles. Bergstrand was also a part of the team that was ranked #1 in the nation in 2006. During his four years at Embry-Riddle he collected numerous awards including All-American, All Region, All-Conference, and ESPN Magazine Awards.

Bergstrand, a native of Malmo, Sweden represented the Swedish U-15, U-16, and U-17 National Team. Bergstrand currently holds coaching licenses from both the USSF and NSCAA. Bergstrand is currently active in the Dubuque Soccer Club serving as the Director of Goalkeeping and as the Head Coach for the U11 and U12 DSC Boys team.

Bergstrand received his undergraduate degree in Aviation Business Administration at ERAU, and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Dubuque.

Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy
Graduate Assistant - Men's Soccer

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3734
Office Location: 219 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Tom Murphy joined the University of Dubuque in 2018 as a Graduate Assistant Soccer Coach.

Murphy played under Coach Johnson and Coach Bergstrand during the 2015 and 2016 seasons helping the Spartans reach their first ever NCAA National Tournament appearance. Murphy captained the Spartans in 2016 and helped the program reach new heights. Prior to UD, Murphy attended Feather River College, where he played 2 years of soccer for the Golden Eagles. Murphy received his Associates Degree in Behavioral Science before transferring to UD in 2015.

In 2016, Murphy received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with high honors before moving to Los Angeles to work in management for Beacon Roofing Supply.

Murphy, a native of Leicester, England represented Nottingham Forest Football Club U15’s. Murphy currently holds a level 1 coaching license from the English Football Association. Murphy spent 18 years of his life growing up in England until he came to the U.S. in 2013 to start his college career as a student-athlete. Murphy is currently active in the Dubuque Soccer Club serving as the U11’s and High School Boys coach.

Murphy is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Dubuque.

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2018 Record Book