By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
December 11, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three West Virginia University men’s soccer players have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-Northeast Region team, it was announced today.
Sophomore defender Raymon Gaddis was tabbed a first-team selection, while redshirt junior goalkeeper Zach Johnson and freshman defender Eric Schoenle earned third-team accolades.
Gaddis, an Indianapolis, Ind., native, becomes the fourth Mountaineer in program history to earn first-team honors. He started 15 games this season, all on the back line, and was a critical part to the defense’s success. The Mountaineers held opponents to just 12 goals in 18 contests, a mere 0.67 goals per game. Gaddis played 1,437 minutes and finished the year with six shots, one on-goal.
Johnson, who also earned all-BIG EAST second team honors, now is the second goalkeeper to earn all-region status under coach Marlon LeBlanc, with the first being Nick Noble in 2006. The Lumberton, N.J., native played all 18 games, accumulating 1,767 minutes between the posts. He made 67 saves, boasted a 0.61 goals-against average, a .848 save percentage and 10 shutouts.
At the end of the regular season, Johnson’s 0.53 goals-against average was the ninth-best mark in the country, and his .861 save percentage was 13th-best nationally.
Schoenle’s honor is his third postseason award. He earned all-BIG EAST rookie team honors at the league’s awards banquet and was named to TopDrawerSoccer’s all-Rookie first team. The Yardley, Pa., native was the only position player who played every minute on the pitch. He recorded 12 shots, five of which were on-goal. Schoenle also was a major part of the defense’s success, helping hold opponents to less than 10 shots per game and a lowly .068 shooting percentage.
WVU finished tied with USF for the second-most BIG EAST selections in the region, behind Connecticut, which had five.
The Mountaineers finished the 2009 campaign with a 7-5-6 overall mark, going 6-3-2 in the BIG EAST for a third-place finish in the Blue Division.