BAY CITY, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University men's soccer players Piotr Kazmierczak, Zach Myers, Anthony Palazzolo, and Noah Sawyer received All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honors for the 2010 season as was announced by the league office today (Nov. 4).
All four players were selected to the All-GLIAC second team. Kazmierczak, a senior out of Stargard, Poland played 17 games in net for the Cardinals. He posted 84 saves, and only 27 goals aginast for a .757 save percentage on the season. Myers, a sophomore out of Grand Rapids, Mich. helped to anchor a young defense playing in 17 games for Saginaw Valley. He added three goals and one assist for seven points on the season.
Palazzolo, a senior from Warren, Mich., led the Cardinal offense playing in all 18 games. He was tied for first on the team with six goals, one game winner, and added three assists on the season. Sawyer, a freshman from East Lansing, Mich., played in all 18 games for Saginaw Valley. He notched four goals and had a team leading five assists in his breakout season.
Tiffin University junior forward Ashton Campbell (Luton, England) was named the 2010 Great
Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) men's soccer "Offensive Player of the Year," while Ohio Dominican University senior defender A.J. Mueller (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome), was named "Defensive Player of the Year" in balloting conducted by the league's coaches.
University of Findlay midfielder Alex Oliver (Hamilton, Ohio/Ross) was honored with the league's "Freshman of the Year" award, while Willy Merrick, who guided Ohio Dominican to a second-place finish in the GLIAC regularseason standings, earned "Coach of the Year" accolades.
Campbell, a junior forward from Luton, England, earned his second GLIAC "Offensive Player of the Year" honor by leading the GLIAC in goals (15) and points (36), while tying for third in the conference in assists (6). He previously earned GLIAC "Offensive Player of the Year" accolades in 2008 as a freshman. Campbell ranks in the top-10 in Division II in points and goals. He is a three-time First Team All-GLIAC honoree who also earned All-Region honors in 2009.
Mueller, a senior captain, started all 18 games as the defensive anchor in the backfield that ranked third in the GLIAC with 20 goals allowed and a 1.11 goals against average. Mueller collected two of the Panthers four team saves on the year, including one at home in the 88th minute against Tiffin that helped preserve the 1-1 draw.
Oliver played in 15 games for the Oilers and contributed a goal and an assist during his first season. The Hamilton, Ohio native also ranked third on the team with nine shots on goal and took 20 total shots during the 2010 campaign.
Competing at the Division II level in the GLIAC for the first time, Ohio Dominican third-year head coach Willy Merrick guided the Panthers to a 12-5-1 overall mark, including a second-place finish in the conference with a 9-2-1 record and the No. 2 seed in the GLIAC tournament. ODU reached a season high No. 22 in the polls after defeating fourth ranked Charleston (W.Va.) in overtime on the road in October.
Joining Campbell and Mueller on the All-GLIAC First Team are: freshman forward Louis Clark of Ashland University; junior forward Felix Darko of Ohio Dominican; junior forward Marco Gaudio of Lake Erie College; junior midfielder Kenny Hewitt of Ashland; senior midfielder James Livingston of Ashland, junior midfielder Keith Lough of Northwood University; sophomore defender Jamie Dollar of Ashland; senior defender Roger Kummer of Tiffin; and sophomore goalkeeper Ricky Carreira of Lake Erie.