SRU Good News for Dec. 9, 2009
Rock tops region with six on NSCAA All-Region team
KANSAS CITY - The 13th-ranked Slippery Rock University men's soccer team placed a region-high six players on the All-Atlantic Region team selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and released Tuesday.
Jeremy Deighton from Broadview Heights, Ohio, Greg Blum from Ambridge and Thomas Pool from Bedfordshire, England, were all named to first-team honors, while Toby Bowser of Beaver was named to second-team honors and Benjamin Lloyd of Buckinghamshire, England, and Mitchell Walters of Hummelstown, were each named to third-team honors.
SRU's six players were the most of any school in the region, followed by the University of Charleston and Millersville University with five selections each.
The first-team honor adds to a growing list of postseason accomplishments for Deighton, who was named to first-team All-Region and second-team All-America honors by Daktronics Inc. The senior forward was also named the Daktronics Regional Player of the Year and took home his second consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division Player of the Year honor.
Pool's list of postseason honors are also growing, having already earned first team All-PSAC and first-team All-Region honors from Daktronics, as well as a third-team All-America accolade from Daktronics. The junior defender adds a first-team honor from the NSCAA after anchoring The Rock's defense from his center back position.
Blum's recognition as a first-team goalkeeper on the NSCAA All-Region team speaks directly to the level of respect the opposing coaches in the region have for the junior standout. After earning first team All-PSAC honors, Blum was selected to second-team All-Region honors by Daktronics, missing the chance to advance to the All-America ballot. The region's coaches chose Blum as the top keeper in the region after posting a 17-4-1 record with eight individual shutouts.
Bowser is the lone representative from The Rock on the second team after earning the nod as a midfielder. The honor matches his second-team accolade from Daktronics.
Lloyd earns his third postseason honor after his first collegiate season, accompanying his second-team All-Region honor from Daktronics and his first-team All-PSAC honor.
Walters recognition on the third team is long overdue in the eyes of head coach Matt Thompson, who describes Walters as one of the top players on the field in every game. Walters earns his first collegiate postseason honor after anchoring The Rock's midfield all season, controlling possession and setting up solid scoring opportunities. Walters was the only player on the team to start in all 23 games this season.
The Rock finished the 2009 season with a school record 18 wins, posting a won-loss-tied ledger of 18-4-1. The team claimed its second PSAC Championship since 2005 with a 2-1 win over No. 1-ranked Millersville, which was also the program's first win over a top-ranked opponent. Slippery Rock advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, matching its furthest postseason run in school history, and reached the program's highest national ranking ever at 10th. The team was ranked 13th in the final NSCAA National Division II Poll.
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