Four women’s and two men’s soccer players have been selected to the 2013 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams. Junior Kelsey Martin (Austintown/Fitch) and freshman Robynn McGroarty (Oakville, Ontario/Loyola Catholic) were selected second-team, while junior Tiffany Marchewka (Chesterfield, Mich./L’Anse Creuse North), sophomore Kailie Reed (Wadsworth), Tanner Mathews (Alliance/Marlington) and Brian Zilla (Canton/Jackson) were tabbed honorable mention.
Women’s Team Honors
All four women’s soccer players helped Hiram set a single-season record in wins with nine and finished 9-7-2 overall this past fall.
Martin earns her second All-NCAC selection and her first second-team honor. She was a honorable mention selection in 2012. This past fall, Martin was second in goals scored with six, including two game-winners, and overall points with 14 (six goals and two assists). Her six goals were tied for eighth-most in a single season in program history and her 14 points tied her for sixth most in a single season. Her 14 points this season was also tied for eighth most in the conference and her six goals put her in a tie for sixth in the NCAC. She was also part of a four-player tie for the team-lead in shots with 36 and was second in shots on goal with 20.
“It was a great honor to be named as an all NCAC player,” said Martin. “But I wouldn’t be in this position without my teammates and all the hard work they put in throughout the season. I’m looking forward to the offseason with my teammates so we can grow stronger and have another successful year.”
McGroarty capped a stellar freshman season with her first All-Conference award. She led the team in almost every major statistical category including: goals (nine), assists (five), points (23), shot percentage (.250) and game-winning goals (five). She was also tied for first on the team in shots (36) and was third in shots on goal (18). McGroarty recorded two mult-goal games this season, including a season-high three goals in a 10-2 win against Medaille (N.Y.). Her nine goals this season were the fourth-most in Hiram history in a single season and her five assists tied her for fifth in a single season. McGroarty’s 23 points were the fourth most in a single season all-time. McGroarty finished second in the NCAC in both points, points per game (1.24), tied for second in goals, was third in goals per game (0.47) and was tied for fourth in both assists and assists per game (0.29). In addition, her four game-winning goals tied her for the conference lead in the category.
Marchewka became a first-time All-NCAC player with her honorable mention selection. This fall, she played in 16 games and was part of a defensive squad that allowed 1.40 goals per game and posted five shutout victories. She recorded seven shots during the season, but did not have any points offensively. Three of her seven shots were on goal for a .429 shot on goal percentage.
“It’s an honor to be selected by the NCAC for this recognition,” said Marchewka. “It is a true testament to my teammates. Ladies, I am grateful for all of your efforts and thank you all. We played as a family and any personal success of my own was because of you all.”
Reed was also part of the defense that was recognized by the conference as an honorable mention selection. She played in 17 games and posted a team-best eight wins (8-7-2 overall) and 72 saves. She had a .742 save percentage with a 1.42 goals against average in just over 1,581 minutes played. Reed also tallied five shutout victories which set a Hiram single-season record. Her five shutouts also ranked third most in the NCAC. In addition, Reed ranked fifth in saves (72) and saves per game (4.24).
“What a great credit to our family to have four players selected as All-NCAC again this year,” said 10th-year head coach Bob Dean. “Each of them made an incredible impact not only on the field, but also in the team room as leaders and teammates. This recognition of their contribution is something the entire family can share as a part of us making history and raising our standard this year. It is an honor to coach them.”
Men’s Team Honors
Mathews capped his first season as a member of the Terrier men’s soccer team with his first All-Conference selection. For the season, Mathews scored a pair of goals and added an assist for five points. His two goals tied him for fourth highest on the team and his five overall points were tied for fifth most. He finished the season with 14 shots taken and had a .143 shot percentage. Six of his 14 shots were on goal for a .429 shot on goal percentage.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to represent Hiram College among the top ranked teams and players in the nation,” said Mathews. “It’s truly an honor to be named all-conference. It wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for my coaches and my teammates. Go terriers.”
Zilla ended his four-year career with his second All-NCAC selection. He earned honorable mention honors last season. For the year, Zilla was tied with Mathews with two goals scored, including a game-winner, and an assist for five points. He also took 14 shots during the season and had a .143 shot percentage. Zilla was also part of a defensive squad that allowed 2.05 goals per game and posted three shutout victories.
For his career, Zilla played in 65 games and scored four goals, including a pair of game-winners, and two assists for 10 points. During his tenure, he helped Hiram qualify for two of its three all-time appearances in the NCAC Tournament (2011 and 2012).
“It is wonderful to be named to the All-NCAC Honorable Mention team in my final year at Hiram,” said Zilla. I would like to also congratulate my fellow teammate, Tanner Mathews, on his selection. I believe that a few more of our players could have been selected with their performances this season and I would like to thank them for making me a better player everyday at practice. Without them, I would not have been able to be rewarded with this honor.”
“I think the recognition both Brian and Tanner received from the league is well deserved,” said first-year Head Coach Dan Zemanski. “Throughout the course of our season, they were our two most consistent and strong performers. Despite our growing pains, they always brought their best every day.”