For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · email@example.com
Fredericksburg, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer team matched a program-record with five All-Capital Athletic Conference selections for the third straight season as announced by Assistant Commissioner Tim Mowrer Wednesday afternoon. In addition, St. Mary's picked up four first-team selections for the second consecutive year.
Senior captain Juwan Kearson (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's), juniors Khalid Balogun (Bowie, Md./Bowie) and Josh McRobie (Crofton, Md./Arundel), and sophomore Roshawn Panton (Bowie, Md./Roosevelt) all gained a spot on the first team while junior Andrew Kalinoski (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) picked up a second-team award.
Kearson closes out his career as a four-time all-conference pick, earning first-team awards each of the last three seasons. The 5-8 midfielder contributed a game-winning goal and an assist this season. He notched the game-winner in a 3-0 victory at Washington College on September 5.
For his career, Kearson played in 73 of 76 possible games with 72 starts. He tallied 50 points on 17 goals and 16 assists with seven game-winning goals. He ranks third all-time in minutes played (5,531), fourth in games started (72), tied for seventh in game-winning goals and games started, and tied for eighth in assists.
The 2016 CAC Rookie of the Year, Balogun is collecting his third straight first-team award after leading the conference in all offensive categories with 12 goals, seven assists, 31 points, and 72 shots. The 6-4 forward notched a career-best five points (two goals, one assist) twice in wins over Randolph-Macon College (Sep. 12) and The Catholic University of America (Oct. 2). Balogun also had a career-high two assists in a victory over DeSales University on September 22.
McRobie made an immediate impact for the Seahawks after transferring in from conference foe, Frostburg State University. The 6-0 forward tied for third in the league with a team second-best eight goals while ranking fourth with a team second-best 20 points and team-best two game-winning goals. He also tied for ninth in the CAC with a team third-best four assists. McRobie put up season-bests of two goals and four points in a road win over Southern Virginia University on September 29.
A former NJCAA Division III All-Region XX Second Team selection at Prince George's Community College, Panton jumped right into the starting lineup and made an immediate difference. He shared the conference lead for assists (7) with Balogun while ranking tied for fourth with two game-winners, tied for fifth with 19 points and ninth with six goals.
The 5-7 forward dished out a season-best three assists against Randolph-Macon before notching season-highs of two goals and four points in a win over Penn State Harrisburg (Oct. 20).
Kalinoski was a dominant presence for St. Mary's on defense and his efforts were recognized with his first-ever all-conference award. The 6-2 defender helped the Seahawks to a program-best 11 shutouts, which ranks third in the CAC, plus a CAC fourth-best 0.78 goals against average. He tallied his first points in his two-year career with a pair of game-winning goals at Southern Virginia and against Salisbury University (Oct. 31) to propel the Seahawks to the CAC championship match.
The Seahawks finished the 2018 campaign ranked sixth in the South Atlantic region by the United Soccer Coaches. St. Mary's clinched the No. 2 seed in the CAC Tournament for the second straight season and fourth time in program history. The Seahawks posted a 12-4-4 (4-2-1 CAC) overall record for their third consecutive 10-win season and fourth in the last five years. St. Mary's dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to top-seeded and No. 12 University of Mary Washington in the CAC final.
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