Steve Corpening

Steve Corpening (born August 11, 1965 in Rantoul, Illinois) is a former U.S. soccer player who was the 1989 Western Soccer League leading scorer. He three seasons in the American Professional Soccer League and three in the Continental Indoor Soccer League.

Steve Corpening
Personal information
Full name Steven Corpening
Date of birth (1965-08-11) August 11, 1965
Place of birth Rantoul, Illinois, United States
Playing position Forward / Midfielder
Youth career
1984–1985 American River College
1987 Cal State-Sacramento
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks ? (21)
1992–1996 San Jose Oaks
1993–1995 Sacramento Knights (indoor)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in Illinois, Corpening grew up in England where his father, a member of the United States Air Force was stationed. Corpening’s family moved to Dixon, California where he graduated from Dixon High School. In 1984, he entered American River College where he was a 1984 All Northern California soccer player. In 1986, he transferred to California State University, Sacramento. However, he was ineligible to play the 1986 season. He spent the 1987 season with Cal State, scoring nine goals and assistant on four others en route to earning second team Division II All American honors.[1] He was inducted into the Sac State Honor Roll in 2002.


In 1989, Corpening signed with the expansion San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the Western Soccer League (WSL). That season, he led the WSL in goals with eleven, earning second team All Star honors. In 1990, the WSL merged with the American Soccer League to form the American Professional Soccer League. That year, Corpening moved to the midfield which brought a reduction in goals to nine. In 1991, because of injury, he played only five games, scoring no goals. In 1992, he joined the San Jose Oaks in the semi-professional California Super League. He continued to play for the Oaks through at least 1996. In April 1993, the Sacramento Knights of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) drafted Corpening.[2] He played for the Knights through the 1995 season.


  1. 1984 Division II All Americans
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