Four standouts from the 2014 Saint Joseph’s men’s soccer team were honored with All-Philadelphia Soccer 6 accolades at the Soccer 6 banquet held at the University City Sheraton on Tuesday evening. Senior captains Jake Nelson (Jessup, Md./Hammond) and Mike Glazer (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) were voted onto the 2014 Soccer 6 All-Star Team while freshmen Bobby Edwards (Parsippany, N.J./St. Benedict’s Prep) and Mike Akinkoye (Gaithersburg, Md./Bullis School) were selected to the All-Rookie Team.
Nelson was an offensive and defensive standout out of the backfield this season. The Jessup, Maryland native tied for the team lead in goals (4), including a team-best three match-winners over Siena, Marist, and St. Bonaventure, and also ranked in SJU’s top three in points (8) with his additional goal against LIU Brooklyn. On the defensive end of the field, the senior captain made all 18 starts on the back line and played 17 full matches, including all six of SJU’s blank sheets, one of which was against City 6 rival Drexel. Nelson led the squad in minutes played (1707) at an average of 95 minutes per match and played 1,390 consecutive minutes from September 7 through the end of the season, stretching 15 matches, as one of the league’s top defenders this season.
Saint Joseph’s leader in points (10) this fall, Glazer tied for the team lead in goals (4) with scores with match-winning scores against St. Francis (N.Y.) and Howard and additional goals against Marist and George Washington; the Ellicott City, Maryland native also dished out assists against Rider and St. Bonaventure. Glazer made all 18 starts, averaging 72 minutes per match, and proved to be a consistent spark from the forward position.
Serving as two of three captains on this year’s squad, Nelson and Glazer were two of just four Hawks to start every match this fall.
Joining Nelson and Glazer on the All-Star Team are Drexel’s John Grosh (M) and Robert Liberatore (D), Joe Farrell (F) of La Salle, Penn’s Duke Lacroix (F) and Alec Neumann (F), Robert Sagel (D) of Temple, and Villanova’s Aaron Dennis (F), Oscar Umar (M), and Will Steiner (GK).
Edwards earned the starting position between the pipes early on and made 15 appearances with 14 starts as the Hawks’ starting goalkeeper in 2014. Edwards posted a 0.99 goals against average and .776 save percentage in 1365:39 and posted four shutouts, including a blank sheet against City 6 rival Drexel. The Parsippany, New Jersey native made a season-high six saves twice and earned Philadelphia Soccer 6 weekly honors four times, including three Rookie of the Week accolades (9/8, 9/29, 11/3) and one Defensive Player of the Week nod (9/15).
Akinkoye made 15 appearances and three deep-season Atlantic 10 starts against Rhode Island, Davidson, and Dayton as a rookie midfielder for the Crimson and Gray this fall. The Gaithersburg, Maryland native played a season-high 63 minutes against Davidson and took shots against Siena, Rhode Island, and St. Bonaventure. Akinkoye totaled 435 minutes to average 29 minutes per match.
Akinkoye and Edwards were two of just three freshmen to earn a start for the Crimson and Gray this fall.
Joining Edwards and Akinkoye on the All-Rookie Team are Drexel’s Erik Alexandersson (M), Johnny Ciarlante (D) and Mike Liska (F) of La Salle, Penn’s Austin Kuhn (M) and Sam Wancowicz (D), Felipe Liborio (M) and Miguel Polley (M) of Temple, and Villanova’s Chris Bared (D) and Will Steiner (GK).
Saint Josph’s junior forward Mark Colville (Philadelphia, Pa./Manor College/Roman Catholic) was also honored at the banquet for earning Soccer Six Player of the Week honors on November 3. In a span of six minutes against the Bonnies, Colville had netted the equalizer and assisted on Nelson’s match-winner to lift the Hawks to a 2-1 Atlantic 10 win over St. Bonaventure on November 2.
Saint Joseph’s posted a 7-7-4 overall record in 2014. The Hawks will lost Nelson, Glazer, and three additional starters due to graduation but will look to return Edwards, Akinkoye, Colville, and 19 additional letterwinners to go along with newcomers Lou Vilotti, Ed McCusker, Derek MacKinnon, Andrew Johnstone, and Kyle Lochbihler for the 2015 campaign.