Judson University men's soccer coach Steve Burke became the 11th coach in men's soccer history to win 500 career games on Saturday when the Eagles beat NAIA No. 20 Taylor University.
After losing Friday night, Judson was able to stun Taylor with a heart-wrenching victory. Burke stated that the environment was electrifying, and the crowd was highly present in the game. Burke also said that he was extremely happy with how Judson captured his 500th win.
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"We have been struggling early this season with injuries and all the new players," Burke said. "To go up against a tough team, a nationally ranked team, we knew it would be tough. Throughout the game there was just phenomenal play from both teams. Then, to win within the final minutes was just gratifying."
Burke is currently in his 29th year coaching Judson men's soccer and has a record of 500-154-36, which includes 27 consecutive winning seasons. Burke has many coaching honors to his name, including NAIA all-time wins leader, NAIA District Coach of the Year (1990, 1992), NAIA Area Coach of the Year (1990), NCCAA National Coach of the Year (1987, 1992, 2003, 2004), NCCAA Regional/District Coach of the Year (8 times), and CCAC Coach of the Year (6 times).