KANSAS CITY, Mo. (December 8, 2017) – United Soccer Coaches announced on Friday the association's Men's and Women's Scholar All-America Teams and the Scholar All-Region teams for NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and NCCAA.
Maryville College junior defender Nate Long has been named a Scholar All-America by the association, as he also earned a First-Team Scholar All-South Regional mention.
"One of the most difficult awards to win in college soccer is the Academic All-American award," stated Maryville College Head Coach Pepe Fernandez. "The requirements are to be outstanding in the classroom, on the field, and your team has to perform at a high level. Nate has been a great player, has worked extremely hard in the classroom, and has been the leader of our back four. His team first attitude, and quiet leadership style has helped our team be so successful. He is very deserving of the recognition of Scholar All-American. The entire soccer program is proud of him."
Long becomes just the fifth Maryville College athlete to earn the Academic All-American honor and only the fourth men's honoree. He's the first in seven years, as he joins Peter Rosenblad (2000, 2001), Jessica Petersen (2009), Tom Webster (2010) and Ridge Cater (2010) to be honored.
Joining him in the recognition was Maryville College's Miranda Lukas as a First-Team Scholar All-South Region honoree. Ryan Jorgensen, Sarah Wickman and Kara Tubb were each named Second-Team All-South Region selections on the United Soccer Coaches list.
This third-team selection – Long – from Belmont, North Carolina helped the Scots to an overall 16-3-1 record this fall season while going 9-1-1 in USA South Athletic Conference action. MC claimed the league's regular season title before falling in the conference title match.
Maryville's defense tallied eight shutouts on the season and allowed only a pair of goals once throughout the entire season. This first-team All-USA South defender has played in 57 career matches for the Scots. He is majoring in International Business and Spanish and has amassed a 3.30 grade point average at Maryville.
Also to earn the First-Team accolade was Lukas. She led the Scots to a 14-3-2 overall record while claiming the USA South Athletic Conference Western Division Regular Season crown with a 6-0-1 league mark.
Lukas – a junior defender – was named to the All-Region's first-team. This Cape Coral, Florida native helped MC post 10 shutouts while anchoring the Scots back four defenders.
Lukas is a Physical Education major and has posted a 3.40 grade point average. Lukas was a first-team All-USA South selection this season.
Along the side of Lukas and Long wer second-team selections Jorgensen, Wickman and Tubb.
Jorgensen – a junior goalkeeper – earns the accolades in net after accumulating a 3.30 GPA while studying Political Science. The Maryville, Tenn. native earned first-team All-USA South honors in goal while posting a 0.62 goals against average after recording 74 saves.
In 40 career games played for MC, Jorgensen has a career 0.91 GAA while going 32-6-1 in net and posting 142 saves.
Wickman – a senior Psychology major from Knoxville, Tennessee – has accumulated a 3.80 GPA while being a leader on the defensive unit.
Tubb – a senior midfielder – was a second-team All-USA South selection after posting four goals and a pair of assists. The Fayetteville, Arkansas native has accumulated a 3.58 GPA while majoring in Biology.
Student-athletes receiving Scholar All-America or All-Region recognition at these levels meet the following criteria:
- 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or better throughout career
- Started more than 50 percent of all games and significantly contribute to their team
- Nominated by head coach of current College Services member institution
- Junior or above in academic standing; and, if a transfer student, in second year at school