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Tom Mix, Published November 12 2013

Shanley boys soccer standout Conrad Hager commits to Western Illinois

FARGO – Another North Dakota boys soccer player is headed to the Division I ranks.

Fargo Shanley senior forward Conrad Hager committed to Western Illinois of the Summit League on Monday following a visit to the school last weekend.

Hager, a two-time all-state first team selection, is the second metro area player to commit to a Division I men’s soccer program in the last two years. He joins former Fargo South standout Jacob Weiler, who committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha last fall.

“I visited Western Illinois over the weekend and I really like the school,” Hager said. “They have an excellent exercise science program, which is what I want to study.”

Western Illinois also has an accomplished soccer team that has won the Summit League postseason tournament and advanced to the NCAA College Cup six times in the last nine seasons.

The Leathernecks are coached by Eric Johnson, who also coaches the Midwest Region II 1996 squad that Hager competes on.

“I know the coach and know his coaching style,” Hager said. “Having already played for him it gives me an idea of what I need to do.”

Hager, a three-time all-Eastern Dakota Conference player finished his senior season scoring 24 goals and 12 assists helping the Deacons qualify for their eighth-consecutive state tournament appearance.

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time,” Hager said of his upcoming collegiate career. “It is going to be extremely different and I know it is going to take a lot of work.”

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