Men's Soccer Places Four on Academic All-MAC Team
CLEVELAND, Ohio- Four Broncos represented Western Michigan on the 2012 men's soccer Academic Mid-American Conference team. Senior defensemen Yllson Asani and Darren Jones, as well as junior forward Oliver Mayer and sophomore striker Jason Grant were among the 14 student-athletes voted to the team by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions. It was the first such award for all four Broncos.
The four selections for Western Michigan is the most in school history. WMU also had four players recognized in 1993, but one of those was an Honorable Mention.
Western Michigan and Akron made up over 64 percent of this year's Academic All-MAC honorees. The Zips placed five student-athletes on the team. Northern Illinois had two selections and Bowling Green, Hartwick and West Virginia each had one.
Asani maintained a 3.50 GPA, studying nursing. He started 19 games for Bronco defense and was a part of six shutouts. He scored one goal and recorded one assist, totaling three points. A four-year starter, he played in 74 career games, tying as third most in program history.
An accounting major with a 3.36 GPA, Jones was a Second Team All-MAC Second Team selection for the third-straight season, making him one of just four Broncos ever to earn All-MAC status (first or second team) three times in a career. The anchor of Western Michigan's defense, he started 18 games and was a part of five shutouts. Jones scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory at DePaul and assisted three other goals during the season, totaling five points. Also a four-year starter, Jones played in 75 career games, tying as second most in program history.
Mayer touted a 3.92 GPA in accounting and started 19 games. He tallied four goals and four assists for 12 points. His point total tied for eighth most in the MAC and he ranked 10th in goals scored. In a 4-0 win over Marygrove, he had five points in a single game, scoring two goals and assisting a third.
Grant had a 3.79 GPA in civil engineering and played in 18 games, recording five goals and had two assists. He ranked ninth in the MAC in goals scored and tied for 10th in points with 12. Four of his five goals came in conference games, scoring against Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, Hartwick and Northern Illinois.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have a least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50% of the contests for that particular sport. First year student and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.
2012 Men's Soccer Academic All-MAC Team
Chad Barson, Akron
Reinaldo Brenes, Akron
Scott Caldwell, Akron
David Meves, Akron
Wil Trap, Akron
Zach Lemke, Bowling Green
Tyler Bailey, Hartwick
Mike Mascitti, Northern Illinois
Pat Sloan, Northern Illinois
Andy Bevin, West Virginia
Oliver Mayer, Western Michigan
Yllson Asani, Western Michigan
Jason Grant, Western Michigan
Darren Jones, Western Michigan