SRU Good News for Dec. 2, 2009
Deighton, Pool named Daktronics All-Americans
Jeremy Deighton, a marketing major from Broadview Heights, Ohio, added to his list of postseason honors today when he was named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Men's Soccer All-America team.
Deighton was joined by Thomas Pool of Bedfordshire, England, in representing The Rock as All-America selections on the Daktronics team, selected by the nation's sports information directors.
Deighton, whose list of postseason honors includes the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Player of the Year honors, was named to second team honors at forward and was a finalist for the NCAA Division II Player of the Year honor, which went to Sam Charles of Montana State-Billings.
Deighton led The Rock to its best season in school history this fall. SRU climbed to a national ranking of 10th, the best in program history, and finished the year with a school record 18 wins. The Rock won its second PSAC title since 2005 when it defeated No. 1 Millersville in the championship game. Deighton was named the MVP of that match and then followed that up with a hat trick in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to lead his team to the Regional Finals for the second year in a row.
Deighton posted the third-highest single season goal and point totals in program history, netting 21 goals and adding seven assists for 49 points. He led the PSAC and the Atlantic Region in scoring and in game-winning goals with nine. For his career, he finishes with 112 points and 47 goals, both of which rank fourth all-time at SRU.
Pool, who was named to first team All-PSAC and first team All-Region honors as a defender, was named to Honorable Mention All-America honors.
The junior center back was dominant in the backfield this season for a Rock defense that allowed 20 goals in 23 games. Pool also contributed to the offense, netting three goals and handing out one assist for a career-high seven points. He was credited with the winner in the eighth round of a penalty shootout win over Mercyhurst in the PSAC semifinals that advanced the team to the championship game.
Slippery Rock is the only team in the PSAC and the Atlantic Region to have two selections on the men's soccer All-America team and is the only school to have a first or second team honoree. California University of Pennsylvania has one player on the third team, while Millersville and East Stroudsburg each had one player named to Honorable Mention.
The Daktronics All-America nominations and voting process is handled by sports information directors at institutions that sponsor soccer throughout the nation.
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