For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
Fredericksburg, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer team matched a program-record with five All-Capital Athletic Conference selections as assistant conference commissioner Tim Mowrer released this year's All-CAC men's soccer team Wednesday morning.
This is the second straight year St. Mary's has landed five on the all-conference team but the first time in program history with four first-team selections. Prior to today, the most first-team nods the program had earned was three in 1992, 2003, and last season.
Seniors Andrew Battin (Boyds, Md./Clarksburg) and Zack Haussler (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg), junior Juwan Kearson (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School), and sophomore Khalid Balogun (Bowie, Md./Bowie) all gained a spot on the first team while senior Sunny Chhatani (Lima, Peru/Indian Creek [Md.]) picked up a second-team award.
Battin remained a dominant force for St. Mary's on defense and finishes his career as a three-time all-star, including a pair of first team selections in 2014 and 2017. The 6-4 defender helped the Seahawks hold opponents to a .090 shot percentage while recording eight shutouts and a team GAA of 0.99 this season.
Ranking third all-time in career minutes played (5,420), Battin finishes his career with five points (1 G, 3 A) in 63 games played.
A seven-time CAC Defensive Player of the Week during his career, Haussler concludes his career as a two-time All-CAC pick as he picks up first-team honors for the first-time ever. The 6-0 goalkeeper was the top keeper in the conference this season as he led all goalies with a 0.836 save percentage, a 0.74 goals against average, and seven shutouts while ranking second with 10 wins. He currently ranks 35th in Division III in shutouts, 40th in save percentage and 45th in goals against average.
Haussler cemented his place in St. Mary's men's soccer history as he leaves as the program's all-time leader in wins (36), shutouts (20.5), goalie games played (65), goalie games started (62), and goalie minutes played (5,657). He also ranks second all-time with a 1.16 GAA and fifth with a 0.800 save percentage.
Kearson was an absolute workhorse for the Seahawks this season and earned his second straight first-team nod for this third overall All-CAC award. The 5-8 midfielder led the team with seven goals, 18 points, and four game-winning goals while dishing out a second-best four assists. In the league, he ranks tied for second in game-winning goals, tied for fourth in goals, tied for seventh in points, and tied for ninth in assists. Kearson picked up CAC Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 23.
Though his sophomore numbers didn't quite match his rookie totals, Balogun was still a force to be reckoned with as he gave defenses a fit every game and diverted their attention. The 2016 CAC Rookie of the Year collects his second straight first-team award, proving his effectiveness on the field. He finished second on the team with four assists and sixth with six points. Balogun currently ranks tied for ninth in the CAC in assists. The 6-4 forward dished a career-best two assists in a 2-0 win over No. 16 University of Mary Washington on Oct. 18.
Chhatani ends his Seahawk career with his first-ever postseason honor as he led the team and ranks tied for fourth in the CAC with five assists. The 5-7 midfielder is described as one of the most technical players to have come through the St. Mary's men's soccer program. He ends his career with 25 points on nine goals and seven assists as well as two game-winning goals in 72 games played, finishing fifth all-time in minutes played (4,831).
The Seahawks finished the 2017 campaign as the No. 2 seed in the CAC Tournament for just the third time in program history. St. Mary's posted an 11-7 overall record, including a program-best seven league wins, for its second straight 10-win season and third in the last four years. After earning a first-round bye, the Seahawks dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to third-seeded Mary Washington in the semifinals of the CAC Tournament.
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