Tuesday, December 14, 2010

McNamee named to NSCAA All-America squad; Ahearn selected as top coach in region

ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T's soccer team has earned two more significant honors for the 2010 season from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as junior goalkeeper Pat McNamee was named second team All-America and head coach Joe Ahearn was named as the Midwest region's “Coach of the Year”.

McNamee, who had already been named to one All-America team following the 2010 season, was chosen to the NSCAA's second team after a year in which he finished with a 0.67 goals against average in 1,484 minutes of action and recorded a S&T single season record nine shutouts – the team finished with 11 shutouts to set a new standard as well. McNamee also finished the year with 60 saves in the 16 games he appeared in and ranked seventh in goals against average and 12th in save percentage on the national level.

The Great Lakes Valley Conference's “Defensive Player of the Year”, McNamee was an honorable mention selection to the Daktronics All-America squad that was announced earlier this month. He was the goalkeeper for a defensive unit that finished third in shutout percentage, fifth in save percentage (86.7 percent) and 10th in goals against average as a team at 0.69 at the Division II level in the final national rankings.

The coaching honor is the second for Ahearn this season, who was named as the GLVC's “Coach of the Year” in guiding S&T to the co-championship in the conference and its first berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament.  The national “Coach of the Year” award will be announced in mid-January at the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore.

Missouri S&T ended the year with a record of 11-6-3 – with three of the losses coming to eventual national champion Northern Kentucky -- and was ranked No. 13 in the final NSCAA national rankings.

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