The Oglethorpe men's soccer team placed three players on the United Soccer Coaches All-South Atlantic Region teams today, as voted by coaches from the region. Senior midfielder Topher Marshall earned a spot on the All-Region first team for the second consecutive season, while senior forward Devon Patterson and junior midfielder Andrew Grodhaus each garnered spots on the All-Region second team. It marked the first career All-Region honors for Grodhaus and Patterson, as well as the third such career honor for Marshall.
Marshall garnered his fourth straight All-SAA first team honor in 2018 and continued his run as the best midfielder in the conference. He finished the season at 0.44 assists per game, putting him atop the league leaderboard in that stat. He also tied for first in the league in with seven total assists. Both of those marks placed him sixth in the South Atlantic region. He also finished fifth in the SAA in points per game (1.19) and shots per game (2.94), as well as finishing tied for fifth with three game-winning goals. He earned a spot on the SAA all-tournament team for his efforts in that event which included a golden goal to beat Berry in the semifinal round. 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 All-SAA 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. He served as part of an attack that averaged 10.81 shots on goal per game (sixth in the nation), 21.06 total shots per game (ninth in the nation), 2.94 goals per game (18th in the nation) and 7.81 points per game (20th in the nation).
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. With him in the holding midfield position, the Stormy Petrels finished third in the league with a 1.104 goals against average while earning shutouts in seven of their 16 games (43.8 percent, also good for third in the SAA).
All three players will be nominated for United Soccer Coaches all-America honors. Those teams will be announced in the coming days.