BAY CITY, Mich. (WLUC) – The Northern Michigan College Males’s Soccer workforce has a program-record 4 2021 All-Nice Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Convention (GLIAC) honorees as Kaffie Kurz was named First Group All-GLIAC, Ryan Palmbaum and Niko Scheibal had been named to the Second Group, and Alex Weaver appeared on the Honorable Point out Group.
Midfielder Kaffie Kurz made the All-GLIAC First Group for the Wildcats. The junior notched his first two targets as a member of the NMU workforce this season with one towards Davenport and one towards Ashland. He additionally added an help.
Kurz, from Paynesville, Liberia, performed an vital position for the workforce this season taking part in within the transition from offensive to defensive play. The junior additionally gained a number of 50/50 balls and contributed to the protection. He has began all 44 video games in his Wildcat profession which is sweet for No. 11 in video games performed and No. 6 in video games began within the NMU report ebook.
Kurz has beforehand been a GLIAC Honorable Point out Group Member twice.
Ryan Palmbaum and Niko Scheibal made the All-GLIAC Second Group.
Palmbaum, a Rocklin, Calif. native, led the workforce in assists (4), factors (10), and tied for the workforce lead in targets (3). He additionally notched one game-winning purpose this season. The assists mark tied for the regular-season finest within the GLIAC.
The sophomore midfielder additionally broke the Wildcat profession assists report and sits at No. 1 with 10 assists. He completed the feat in report time over 26 video games. Palmbaum was the GLIAC Freshman of the Yr final season.
Scheibal, a freshman centerback, additionally appeared on the Second Group after a stable first-year marketing campaign in Marquette.
The defender, who got here to NMU by the use of Minnetonka, Minn., was a part of a protection that notched three shutouts and held one other opponent to only one purpose.
Scheibal additionally made his mark on offense as he was named the GLIAC Offensive Participant of the Week on March thirtieth. He earned the glory after scoring the lone purpose in a 1-0 shutout over then 3-0 Purdue Northwest.
The ultimate student-athlete to earn All-GLIAC honors was goalkeeper Alex Weaver who made the Honorable Point out workforce.
Weaver, a sophomore switch, performed each minute in purpose for the Wildcats this season. The keeper, from Des Moines, Wash., had 37 saves and earned three shutouts this 12 months. He notched a 75.5 save proportion this season and had a report of 4-3-1.
“I’m glad for our guys to get the popularity for themselves and in addition for his or her teammates who assisted them and the workforce,” stated head coach David Poggi. “This was probably the greatest seasons we’ve ever had. It’s bittersweet that we didn’t go additional within the convention event as a result of I imagine we now have extra guys who may have gotten recognition had we went additional into the event.”
“As you’ll be able to see, the GLIAC Event finals are the fifth seed towards the sixth seed, and that’s new to me in my profession. I feel that speaks to the standard of the GLIAC high to backside,” added Poggi. “I really feel we may have gone additional than we did, however these awards assist soften the blow of not being there.
“Submit-season awards are all the time controversial, however I imagine these 4 people are greater than worthy of the awards they obtained,” concluded Poggi.
NMU completed the season with a 4-3-1 general report and a 4-3 convention mark. The Wildcats superior to the GLIAC Event for the fourth-straight season.
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