Senior Trio Earn Regional Recognition
The three-headed offensive monster of Spencer Augustin, Chad Kearns, and Surafel Wodajo led the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team this season and earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Far-West Region honors. Augustin made the NSCAA All-Far West Second Team, while Kearns and Wodajo earned third team honors.
Despite leading the Far West Region in goals (19), goals per game (1.00), points (46), and points per game (2.42), Augustin was only given second team honors. The senior from Anchorage, Alaska adds the award to his already full trophy case from the 2011 season. Along with being a First Team All-Northwest Conference slection and NWC Offensive MVP this past season, Augustin earned CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America. He maintains a 3.39 grade point average as a biology major. He was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII First Team this year.
Joining Augustin on the NSCAA All-Far West list are fellow seniors Surafel Wodajo and Chad Kearns, both of whom were given third team honors this season. Wodajo finished the season second in all of NCAA Division III men's soccer in assists per game (.84) and third in total assist (16). As for the PLU record books, Surafel finishes as the leader in career assists (37) and single-season assists (16-2011). Wodajo also finishes his storied career by placing ninth in career points (67).
Kearns earned third team accolades after bulging the ol' onion bag 13 times, and adding seven assists. This is the third year in a row that the tall Lute from Seattle, Wash. has made a NSCAA regional team. In 2009, Kearns was named to the second team, and last year he earned first team honors after scoring 15 goals and assisting on five. He finished his remarkable Lute career by placing eighth in PLU men's soccer history in single-season points (33) this year, and third in career goals (41) and career points (96).
The offensive arsenal that the Lutes had this season passed many former PLU greats in breaking PLU men's soccer records, including current Lute assistant coach Jamie Bloomstine. Kearns, Augustin, and Wodajo all passed Bloomstine in career points (66). Augustin and Kearns also surpassed the '90's legend in career goals, career points, and career game-winning goals. These three were also the three top point-earners in the Northwest Conference this season (Augustin-46; Kearns-33; Wodajo-24).
To view the complete 2011 All-Far West Region teams, click here.