Cougars lead UMAC men's soccer honors
The University of Minnesota, Morris men's soccer team was well represented on the 2011 All-UMAC (Upper Midwest Athletic Conference) teams with five first-team honorees.
With Ebrima Badgie of Banjul, The Gambia, Greg Borchers of Westminster, Colo., Toby Glaser of Colorado Springs, Colo., Matt Johnson of Monument, Colo., and Scott DeVries of Maple Grove on the First Team, the Cougars had the most, followed by four from St. Scholastica. Borchers, Glaser and Johnson were all also First Team All-UMAC last season, while, DeVries was an Honorable Mention selection.
Morris finished second to St. Scholastica in the regular season with a 10-2-0 UMAC record, while the Saints went 11-0-1 through league play. In the recent UMAC Tournament, it was the Cougars who prevailed, winning 6-5 in a shootout after a 2-2 double overtime tie.
The stars of the that shootout were goalkeeper Tyler Weber of Erie, Colo., who made the big save to give the Cougars a chance for the win, and Dylan Urban of Burnsville, who knocked in the shootout winner. Both Weber and Urban were named second team All-UMAC.
Badgie and Glaser finished as the Cougars' scoring leaders with 15 and 13 points, respectively, while Johnson and Borchers finished with three goals each. Glaser and Badgie combined for six game-winners, with each scoring their biggest goals of the season as the Cougars game back from a 2-0 deficit in the UMAC Championship game to force overtime.
DeVries centerbacked a defense that finished as the UMAC's best with 11 shutouts and just 0.5 goals allowed per game, a league high.
Behind DeVries and in between the pipes, Weber had his best season in his final campaign. He has allowed just 10 total goals on the season, while charting a career-high 67 saves. His 11 shutouts are a single-season record and down the stretch, he posted four straight as the Cougars locked up the No. 2 seed in the UMAC Tournament and advanced to the championship game.
Borchers also earned the UMAC Sportsmanship Award, for best exemplifying the trait.
Crown - who finished fourth in the final standings - owned the league player of the year in Jon Schultz, after he led the UMAC in goals with 11. St. Scholastica had the Defensive Player of the Year in Bryan Olson, while Northwestern owned the Rookie of the Year in Stephen Ricks and Coach of the Year in Greg Wheaton