SRU Good News for Dec. 16, 2009
The Rock lands three on NSCAA All-America Team
KANSAS CITY- Slippery Rock University men's soccer standouts Jeremy Deighton of Broadview Heights, Ohio, Greg Blum of Ambridge and Thomas Pool of Bedfordshire, England were named to All-America honors this week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
SRU's three representatives were the most of any Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference school and tied with the University of Charleston for the most honorees of any Atlantic Region school. Millersville was the only other PSAC and Atlantic Region school to have one honoree.
"The success from our season on the field has carried over to the postseason in a tremendous way," said Matt Thompson, head coach. "We have received a number of outstanding honors that speak directly to the quality of our program. Having three athletes named to All-America honors is an outstanding accomplishment for Slippery Rock, the PSAC, the Atlantic Region and certainly for our program."
Deighton was named to first team All-America honors at forward, marking his highest achievement this postseason. He was also named to second team All-America honors by Daktronics Inc., along with first team NSCAA and Daktronics All-Region and first team All-PSAC honors. He took home both the PSAC-West and the Atlantic Region Player of the Year honors and was named to first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District and third team Academic All-America honors.
Deighton led the PSAC and the Atlantic Region in points, goals and game-winning goals this season, netting 21 goals and handing out seven assists for 49 points. His nine game-winners ranked him among the top-ten in the nation. He finishes his collegiate career with a total of 112 points, which ranks tied for fourth on the all-time ledger at SRU. His 47 goals also ranks tied for fourth all-time at SRU.
Blum was named to third team All-America honors at goalkeeper and was joined on the third team by Pool as a defender.
Blum earned first team All-Region honors from the NSCAA and first team All-PSAC honors, along with second team All-Region honors from Daktronics Inc., after anchoring The Rock's defensive effort this season. He posted a final record of 17-4-1 with eight individual shutouts. He allowed 20 goals in 1919 minutes for a goals against average of 0.94 and made 97 saves for a save percentage of .829. Blum propelled the team into the second round of the NCAA Tournament by making a career-high 14 saves in the opening round win over Mercyhurst. He also made three saves in a shootout win over the Lakers in the PSAC semifinals.
Pool captained The Rock's defensive unit from his center back position this season and was rewarded with third team All-America honors from Daktronics Inc., as well as first team All-PSAC and first team NSCAA All-Region honors for his efforts. Pool guided a defense that allowed just 20 goals in 23 games this season for a team goals against average of 0.85. Pool also provided a scoring threat, netting a career-high three goals and handing out two assists for eight points.
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. SRU 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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