Charleston, W. Va. -- The men's soccer team, in the middle of another solid season, was rewarded for their performance on and off the pitch Wednesday (Oct. 30) at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Men's Soccer National Championship Banquet. In all, two Mustangs were named as All-Americans and four were tabbed Academic All-Americans by the USCAA.
After scoring a career-high 27 points this season, senior forward Jad El-Zein (Tyre, Lebanon/Dearborn Fordson) was named a USCAA First Team selection at the association's banquet Wednesday evening. The honor comes in a season in which El-Zein has knocked in seven game-winning goals in 16 games. The 11-goal, 5-assist campaign lifted El-Zein the first All-American award in his collegiate career.
Over the course of his four-year career, El-Zein has amassed 70 points in 60 appearances for the Mustangs. El-Zein has notched 29 goals, 11 this season, and has added 12 assists while donning the Green & Gold at Marygrove. With seven-game winners this season, the senior has an impressive 11 match-clinching goals throughout his career.
Abdoulie Jallow (Bansang, The Gambia/Rust), a 2012 USCAA Honorable Mention All-American, was named a Second Team All-American by the association Wednesday. The award is the third on-field honor for Jallow since arriving at Marygrove in 2012 (also named WHAC Newcomer of the Year in 2012). This season, Jallow has been a consummate team player by moving all over the field for head coach Matt Johnson and the Mustangs.
Starting as attacking midfielder, the sophomore was called to fill in at center back to help solidify the Mustangs' backline after the injury bug bit the team. The Mustangs went on to shutout three of their first four opponents after Jallow moved to the back.
FOUR NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
Four Mustangs put the student in student-athlete after being awarded spots on the USCAA's Academic All-American team. Ahmed Almosawi (Dearborn, Mich.American Muslim Academy), Alex Cabildo (Westland, Mich./John Glenn), Abdoulie Jallow, and Oneil Robinson (Montego Bay, Jamaica/Cornwall) were all named Academic All-Americans after they exceeded the standard set forth by the association.
The number of honorees equals the single season program record that was set last year. Almosawi is the lone Mustang to repeat as an Academic All-American this season, while Cabildo, Jallow, and Robinson all received the honor in their first year of eligibility for the award.
To achieve USCAA Academic All-American status, student-athletes must meet the minimum requirements of a 3.5 or above cumulative GPA while being a sophomore or above (academic standing).
FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME GAME
The men's soccer team will host nearby foe UM-Dearborn Saturday (Nov. 2) at 3:00 p.m. The mid-afternoon match is pivotal for both team's playoff destinies as WHAC postseason play looms.
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