Oglethorpe Puts Seven on All-SAA Teams; Guevara, Akin Earn End-of-Season Awards
The Oglethorpe men's soccer team saw nine members honored as part of the All-SAA teams released Monday. The Stormy Petrels had seven players earn All-SAA recognition. Meanwhile, freshman midfielder Angel Guevara earned SAA Newcomer of the Year honors and head coach Jon Akin took the SAA Coach of the Year award.
Akin earned his fourth consecutive SAA Coach of the Year nod and his seventh overall conference coach of the year award dating back to the program's time in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). He's now led his teams to four consecutive SAA regular season titles, compiling a combined league record of 24-1-3 during that time. Prior to this season, he took SAA Coach of the Year honors in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013, and garnered SCAC coaching honors in 2011 and 2004. He just completed his 16th season at the helm of the Oglethorpe men's soccer program, and has compiled a record of 156-107-22.
Guevara becomes the second Petrel to win SAA Newcomer of the Year honors, and the first since teammate Topher Marshall in 2015. He had an excellent freshman campaign, ranking in the top 15 on the SAA goals leaderboard (4), and posting top 25 marks in points (9) and shots (23). He also tallied a game-winning goal in the team's 3-1 win over Birmingham-Southern on Oct. 7.
Senior forward Devon Patterson, senior midfielder Marshall, junior defender Christian Waegelin and junior midfielder Andrew Grodhaus all earned spots on the All-SAA first team, as voted by the league's coaches.
Marshall garnered his fourth straight first team honor, and continued his run as the best midfielder in the conference. He finished tied for first in the league in with seven assists, and also tallied three game-winning goals on the season. That included a golden goal in Friday's thrilling 3-2 extra-time victory over Berry in the SAA semifinals. Marshall has also tallied six goals on the season to give him a total of 19 points. He earned a spot on the SAA all-tournament team for his efforts over the weekend. He also earned SAA Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 1.
Patterson had another outstanding year up front for the Petrels, and earned his third career All-SAA honor for it. He took his first career first team honor by scoring six goals and 14 total points over the course of his 14 games. He also tallied two game-winning goals on the season.
Waegelin earned his first career All-SAA first team nod and his second All-SAA selection overall. He led a defensive unit that was one of the best in the conference, finishing third in the league with a 1.10 goals against average. He also scored a goal and passed out a couple of assists on the season.
Grodhaus also garnered his first All-SAA first team honor, and won his third overall All-SAA inclusion. He's been a stalwart in the defensive midfield all three years of his career so far for the Petrels, and tallied a goal and three assists over the course of the 2018 season.
Junior defender Bentley Skinner and junior forward Gabriel Alvarez earned spots on the All-SAA second team.
It's the third consecutive second-team nod for Alvarez, who tallied four goals and three assists on the season for a total of 11 points. He also knocked in a game-winner in 2-0 win at Berry on Oct. 19.
Skinner earned his first career All-SAA honor. He served as the leader of a defensive unit that allowed just 18 goals on the season, a mark good enough for third place in the league. He also earned SAA all-tournament honors over the weekend, scoring a game-tying goal late in the first half of the SAA championship game against Centre on Sunday.
Sophomore defender Sebastian Carlson earned All-SAA honorable mention from the league's coaches, marking his first career All-SAA honor in his first season with the team. He recorded a goal and an assist on the season, but the goal was one of the most memorable of the year. With around four minutes to go in Friday's semifinal and his team trailing 2-1, Carlson unleashed a 25-yard rocket off a volley that sailed perfectly into the upper-left corner of the net, tying the score. The Petrels would go on to win in extra time.
The Petrels sit at 13-2-1 after the SAA tournament, and clinched their fourth straight SAA regular season title. They'll now wait to see if they've earned an at-large spot to the 62-team NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship. The selection show will air at 1 p.m. on NCAA.com.