Stephen Franzke was an integral part of American’s 1997 NCAA Tournament run, leading the Eagles to the NCAA Quarterfinals for just the second time in program history. The defender scored the game-winner with 10 seconds left in double-overtime to lift American to a first round victory over William & Mary as it opened its tournament run.
Franzke was a four-year starter and four-year captain for the American University men’s soccer team. He was a two-time First Team Regional All-American in 1996 and 1997. Franzke was a three-time All-CAA honoree from 1995 to 1997, earning First Team honors in his final two seasons. He was also named to the All-South Atlantic Region team in 1997.