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Five Broncos Collect All-MAC Honors

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 11/15/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan men’s soccer team had five players honored for their play during the 2013 regular season. Seniors Marco Lobo, Oliver Mayer and sophomore Chase Rau were named Second Team All-Mid-American Conference, as voted by the league’s seven head coaches. Freshman Matheau Rogers and sophomore Sean Hazen were recognized by College Sports Madness as first and second team All-MAC selections, respectively.

Mayer led Western Michigan with five goals, including one game-winner, and had one assist. Lobo totaled three goals and one assist. Two of his goals came during conference play as he netted the game-winners against Buffalo and Hartwick.

“Marco is our leader on the field, he has every player and coaches trust,” said WMU head coach Chad Wiseman. “He has scored some big goals and is a 90-minute guy that never comes off the field. He makes every player around him better. In the short time Marco has been at WMU he has left a major impression.

“Oliver is the only four-year letterwinner we have on our team and it shows. He has so much experience at this level and has done a great job of targeting and holding balls up, as well as creating scoring chances in the final third. Oliver is a very confident player, who really loves the game and I am extremely proud of the senior year he has put together.

Rau has started every game in goal and recorded three conference shutouts and was a part of a fourth combined shutout. Rau did not allow a goal through the first four conference games and only gave up three all year in MAC contests. He led the MAC with a 0.49 goals against average and .880 save percentage.

“Chase has come into WMU and done exactly what the coaching staff expected him to do. He has a confidence about him that makes the team better.  In my mind he is hands-down the best goal keeper in the conference, who had the best season in the conference. The kid is a winner and I could not be happier that he is wearing a Bronco uniform.”

Rogers had four goals and three assists during the season to tie Oliver with a team-high 11 points. Hazen has started every game as an outside back, helping the team record four regular season shutouts. He also assisted three goals.

“I am very happy for Matheau, he has come to WMU and made a big impact in his first year. He has proven to be a very dangerous 1 v 1 attacking player and his ability to unbalance defenders is a great talent and a lot of fun to watch. His future looks very bright.

“You can make the argument on any given day, Sean is the best player on the field. His commitment to get forward from his position has been fantastic all season long. Sean has one of the best work rates I have seen in college soccer, his soccer IQ is very good. He is very deserving of this recognition.”