DETROIT, Mich. -- The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) office announced the 2013 men's soccer award teams Saturday (Nov. 9) as postseason play kicked off. This year, four men's soccer student-athletes were named to the WHAC's various award teams to culminate a great season for Marygrove men's soccer.
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Senior forward Jad El-Zein (Tyre, Lebanon/Dearborn Fordson) and sophomore defender/midfielder Abdoulie Jallow (Bansang, The Gambia/Rust) were recognized as WHAC First Team All-Conference performers after a vote from the conference's head coaches. The pair helped lift the Mustangs to 11 wins in 2013, tying the single season program-best set in 2011. The 11-win season undoubtedly came against tougher competition as the Mustangs ran the WHAC gauntlet for only their second season in 2013.
El-Zein tallied 27 points, a total good for third overall in the WHAC, behind an 11-goal, 5-assist season. Seven of El-Zein's 11 goals came as game-winners to place the senior second in the entire NAIA. Jallow, shifting to center back for most of the season to help the Mustangs' injury-riddled roster, managed to tie for second on the team in points with 10 (four goals, two assists). The defender/midfielder was key to the Mustangs' success all over the field as he chimed in with three game-winning goals this season.
WHAC ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM (minimum 3.25 GPA and junior or above academic standing at Marygrove)
Two Mustangs, Ahmed Almosawi (Dearborn, Mich./American Muslim Academy) and Alex Cabildo (Westland, Mich./John Glenn), earned a spot on the WHAC's All-Academic team by posting cumulative GPAs well above the minimum 3.25 requirement. Almosawi, a senior, and Cabildo, a junior academically, were also tabbed United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Academic All-Americans for their efforts in the classroom. To become a USCAA Academic All-American, student-athletes must boast a 3.5+ GPA.
WHAC CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM
Ahmed Almosawi, the winner of last year's Male Mustang Award given to the student-athlete that best represents Marygrove on and off the field, was named to the 2013 WHAC Champions of Character Team. The senior was honored as the Mustangs' best representative of the NAIA's Five Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Servant Leadership, and Sportsmanship.
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