BAY CITY -- The Saginaw Valley State University Men's Soccer team had its fair share of All-GLIAC honorees following a very successful 2017 season. The awards were officially announced prior to the annual GLIAC Tournament at an awards banquet held on Thursday (Nov. 2) evening. The Cardinals totaled 10 All-GLIAC honorees for the 2017 campaign. SVSU was honored with the GLIAC Freshman of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Coach of the Year as well.
Michael Hamilton had a stellar freshman campaign for the Cardinals, scoring five goals while adding three assists to rank second on the team with 13 points. He ranks sixth in the GLIAC with his five goals and 13 points. Of his 29 shots, he put 16 on goal and had one game-winner for the Cardinals. That .552 shot-on-goal percentage was tops for the Cardinals, who led the league in scoring with 33 goals and 2.06 goals per match. He is the second straight Cardinal freshman to earn the honor.
Connor Keane had another sensational season for Saginaw Valley between the posts in 2017. Keane started all 16 matches for the Cardinals, racking up a 12-3-1 overall record with six solo shutouts, adding another combined shutout. He posted a save percentage of .761, ranking second, and allowed a GLIAC-best 0.68 goals per match. The 11 goals allowed for the season also led the league and is a regular season record for SVSU's defense. Keane's 0.68 goals per match average is a single season record, as are his 13 career shutouts. He is one win behind the all-time record of 28 as well. Keane is the first Cardinal goalkeeper to earn this award.
Andy Wagstaff - GLIAC Coach of the Year
Andy Wagstaff earned his third straight GLIAC Coach of the Year honor in as many years patrolling the sidelines for the Cardinals. He led the team to an overall mark of 12-3-1 and 9-2-1 mark in league play. The Cards scored a league-leading 33 goals and allowed the least with a mark of 11, pitching seven shutouts. Saginaw Valley has collected 42 wins under Wagstaff's direction and the three losses in 2017 are an all-time low for the regular season at SVSU. The Cardinals have garnered seven of the past nine GLIAC Coach of the Year awards.
All-GLIAC First Team
Michael Hamilton - Forward | 5 goals, 3 assists, 13 points
Matt Wilson - Forward | 3 goals, 6 assists, 12 points | Wilson is now tied for 1st in career assists (28), 2nd in game-winning goals (9), 3rd in points (76) and 4th with 24 goals.
Dom Hart - Defender | SVSU defense led league with just 0.68 goals allowed per-game, allowing a record low of 11 goals this regular season.
Omar Sinclair - Defender | SVSU defense led league with just 0.68 goals allowed per-game, allowing a record low of 11 goals this regular season. | 1 goal, 2 points.
Connor Keane - Goalkeeper | 12-3-1 record, 7 total shutouts, 0.68 GAA, .761 Save %, 11 Goals Allowed
All-GLIAC Second Team
Azaad Liadi - Forward | 2 goals, 2 assists, 6 points
Michael Shaikly - Midfielder | 5 goals, 1 assist, 11 points, 3 game-winning goals, which is a team-high
Oakley Hanger - Defender | SVSU defense led league with just 0.68 goals allowed per-game, allowing a record low of 11 goals this regular season. | 2 goals, 4 assists, 8 points.
All-GLIAC Honorable Mention
Brian Sockow - Defender | | SVSU defense led league with just 0.68 goals allowed per-game, allowing a record low of 11 goals this regular season.
The Cardinals posted a 12-3-1 overall record in the 2017 regular season and a 9-2-1 league mark. The three losses mark an all-time low for the regular season for the Cardinals, who led the league in scoring and defense throughout the 2017 regular season.
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