IRVING, Texas – Conference USA's commitment to excellence, both on the field and in the classroom, continues to show as 13 men’s soccer student-athletes have been named to the 2011 Conference USA All-Academic Team. All nine C-USA teams were represented on this year’s squad with Memphis producing three selections to the team, while SMU and South Carolina had two apiece.
Memphis senior Parker Duncan is a three-time selection to the All-Academic Team with his 3.88 GPA in biology. Duncan enters this week’s C-USA Championship with two goals and four assists on the season and also earned a spot on the Capital One All-District Team. He is joined by teammates Andreas Guentner and Mark Sherrod. Guentner is also a repeat All-Academic Team member with a 3.86 GPA in biochemistry. Sherrod was named the C-USA Player and Offensive Player of the Year as the Tigers’ leading scorer, and ranks second in the nation, with 19 goals and 42 points as he maintains a 3.59 GPA as a civil engineering major.
SMU senior Adam Still received the honor with his 3.91 GPA in business administration. Still is also one of 10 national finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and was an Academic All-America third-team selection a year ago. He is a member of the Mustang defense with C-USA Defensive Player of the Year Diogo de Almeida, who also earned All-Academic Team honors as he maintains a 3.52 GPA while working toward degrees in Markets and Culture as well as Spanish.
South Carolina, the top seed in this week’s C-USA Championship, also placed a pair on the All-Academic Team. Senior captain Stephen Morrissey is a repeat selection as and accounting major, while junior defender Eric Martinez is an economics major. Both hold a 3.72 GPA and have started every match for the Gamecocks this season.
Marshall senior defender Jordan Hilgefort is another repeat selection to the C-USA All-Academic Team, while leading the Herd defense to the third-lowest goals against average in the league. FIU junior defender Anthony Hobbs was named to the All-Conference first team on Tuesday and earns a spot on the All-Academic Team with a 3.66 GPA as a recreation and sport management major. Hobbs played every minute of every match for the Panthers.
UAB senior goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski
was an All-Academic selection as a mechanical engineering major with a business administration minor. The Second Team All-Conference keeper recorded six shutouts on the season and has 17 for his career.
Kentucky forward Tyler Riggs joins Sherrod as the only other sophomore on the All-Academic squad. Riggs was also an All-Conference third-team selection as he led UK with 27 points in 11 goals and five assists. The forward started 14 of UK’s 19 games and totaled 1190 minutes and has earned a 3.91 GPA as a mechanical engineering major.
Juniors Jake Dobkins of Tulsa and A.J. Nelson of UCF round out the 2011 C-USA All-Academic squad. Dobkins holds a 3.95 GPA as a management major at Tulsa and was named to the 2010 C-USA All-Tournament Team as a sophomore. He has started in 29 of 48 career games, and is a two-time Commissioner’s Academic Medalist. Nelson played in all 17 regular-season matches for the Knights, who have been nationally-ranked throughout the season, and has compiled a 3.63 GPA as a finance major.
The 2011 Conference USA Men’s Soccer Championship kicks off tonight at the Hurricane Soccer & Track Complex. The quarterfinals will begin tonight at 5 p.m. CST, with semifinal action taking place on Friday at the same time. The championship match is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. CST and will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.
A complete listing of the 2011 Conference USA Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team is below:
2011 CONFERENCE USA MEN’S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Name / School / Class / GPA / Major
Anthony Hobbs / FIU / Junior / 3.66 / Recreation & Sport Managment
Tyler Riggs / Kentucky / Sophomore / 3.91 / Mechanical Engineering
*Jordan Hilgefort / Marshall / Senior / 3.86 / Biochemistry
**Parker Duncan / Memphis / Senior / 3.88 / Biology
*Andreas Guentner / Memphis / Junior / 3.89 / International Business & German
Mark Sherrod / Memphis / Sophomore / 3.59 / Civil Engineering
Diogo de Almeida / SMU / Senior / 3.52 / Markets & Culture, Spanish
*Adam Still / SMU / Senior / 3.91 / Business Administration
Eric Martinez / South Carolina / Junior / 3.72 / Economics
*Stephen Morrissey / South Carolina / Senior / 3.72 / Accounting
Jake Dobkins / Tulsa / Junior / 3.95 / Management
Carl Woszczynski / UAB / Senior / 3.40 / Mechanical Engineering (Business Administration)
A.J. Nelson / UCF / Junior / 3.63 / Finance