ASHLAND, Ohio -- Three Saginaw Valley State University men's soccer student-athletes earned All-Midwest Region honors after a 2017 season in which the Cardinals made another appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The D2CCA all-region teams are nominated and selected by the region's sports information directors.
Sophomore goalkeeper Connor Keane, junior defender Omar Sinclair and junior midfielder Connor Rutz were all named to this year's D2CCA All-Midwest Region Second Team following their solid 2017 campaigns for Saginaw Valely.
Keane, the 2017 GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year and First Team All-GLIAC selection, had a stellar season in between the posts for the Cardinals. He finished the season with a 13-4-2 overall record, recording seven solo shutouts and eight combined and a 0.67 GAA for the season. He now owns the SVSU program record for career victories, standing currently with 28 in just two seasons. His 14 career shutouts are also tops in program history.
Sinclair led the Cardinal defense once again in 2017, earning First Team All-GLIAC honors after the defense allowed a league-best 0.67 goals per game in the regular season. SVSU allowed just 11 goals for the entire regular season, which was a new program record as well.
Rutz was named a First Team All-GLIAC midfielder after scoring seven goals, adding two assists for 16 points. His seven goals and 16 points both led the Cardinals in 2017. Of his seven goals, three were of the game-winning variety.
Saginaw Valley advanced to its sixth NCAA Division II Tournament in the past seven seasons, falling on penalty kicks in the first round. The team loses just four seniors from this year's roster heading into the 2018 campaign.
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