Nine members of the West Virginia University men’s soccer team were named to the Academic All-MAC Team, the Mid-American Conference announced on Friday.
Seniors Pascal Derwaritsch (sport management), Sebastian Garcia-Herreros (civil engineering), Ryan Kellogg (finance), Logan Lucas (global supply chain management) and Ethan Shim (exercise physiology) and juniors Pau Jimenez Albelda (sport management), Kevin Morris (mathematics), Tsubasa Takada (sport management) and Steven Tekesky (sport management) represented the Mountaineers on this year’s team.
The nine accolades are WVU’s second-most since joining the conference in 2012 (11 in 2014) and tops last season’s eight selections. Garcia-Herreros, Kellogg, and Lucas were recognized for the third time in their careers, while Derwaritsch, Morris, Shim, and Takada were placed on the team for the second time. This season marks Jimenez Albelda and Tekesky’s debuts on the Academic All-MAC Team.
The Mountaineers finished 10-9-2 this past season and won the MAC Tournament championship for the first time in program history. WVU also reached the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the second consecutive season.
Along with the Academic All-MAC honor, Morris was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 2 Men’s Soccer Team in November, while Garcia-Herreros was named to the All-MAC Second Team and All-North Region Third Team by United Soccer Coaches.
To qualify for the Academic All-MAC Team, student-athletes must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests.