Four men's soccer players earn coaches' All-Region honors

Four men's soccer players earn coaches' All-Region honors

The Oglethorpe men's soccer team put an impressive four players on the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Men's Division III All-South Atlantic Region Teams Monday, marking the most players the Stormy Petrels have put on an All-Region squad since 2011. Senior midfielder Andrew Grodhaus and senior forward Ryan Marcano earned spots on the first team, while senior defender Christian Waegelin and senior midfielder Gabe Alvarez garnered spots on the second team.

Grodhaus has been a stalwart at holding midfielder all four season with the Petrels. This marked his second consecutive All-Region honor and his first career first-team accolade after earning second-team honors in 2018. He also took home All-SAA honors in all four seasons, including All-SAA first team honors the last two. This season, he scored three goals and tallied three assists out of his defensive midfield spot, scoring the game-winning goal against Centre in the team's 3-1 win on Sept. 28. 

Marcano took his second career first-team All-South Atlantic honor after also earning the award in 2017. In addition, he garnered the second All-SAA first team selection of his career this season. The Petrel offensive standout finished tied for first in the SAA in penalty-kick conversion rate, burying a perfect 3-for-3. He also finished third in goals per game (0.63), fourth in total goals (10), sixth in points per game (1.38) and seventh in total points (22).

Waegelin capped an outstanding four-year career with the SAA Defensive Player of the Year award, and garnered his first career All-Region honor. He also bagged his third career All-SAA honor and his second consecutive All-SAA first team nod. He served as an essential part of a defensive unit that finished third in the SAA over the course of the season with a 1.32 team goals-against average. That unit is also third in the conference with a .316 shutout percentage over the course of the campaign. The Petrel senior tallied a pair of goals and three assists on the year, as well.

Alvarez garnered his first career All-Region honor this year after earning All-SAA second team honors in all four of his seasons as a Petrel. He finished second in the conference in assists per game (0.5) and total assists (8), fifth in shots per game (3.44), sixth in points per game (1.38), and seventh in total points (22).

The Petrels won their fifth straight SAA regular season title in 2019 and advanced to the third NCAA tournament in program history. They finished the season 14-5 overall, advancing to the final of the SAA tournament for the third year in a row. Their season ended with a first-round loss to Gettysburg Nov. 16 in Lexington, Virginia.

The All-Region teams are voted on by coaches from across Division III's South Atlantic region. All four honorees are automatically nominated for All-America consideration. The United Soccer Coaches Division III All-America teams will be announced Thursday evening in conjunction with the championship banquet prior to the national semifinals in Greensboro, North Carolina.