Six Whit Soccer Men Named to NWC Team
News Release Date:
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Junior Leland Matthaeus and seniors Sam Freedman and Brian Percival have earned All-Northwest Conference soccer honors for a second straight season.
Meanwhile, three of their Whitman College teammates -- sophomores Cooper Schumacher, Junpei Tsuji and Jesse Mirman -- have earned all-conference kudos for the first time in their brief college careers.
Matthaeus, a forward, made the All-NWC First Team after contributing four goals and three assists (11 points) to the offense this fall. He was third in the NWC in total shots with 41 and fifth in shots on goal with 19.
Matthaeus keyed a 3-0 victory over Pacific last month by scoring Whitman's first goal and then assisting on its last one. He also booted the first goal in a 2-1 victory over Puget Sound.
A year ago, Matthaeus received Honorable Mention after collecting five goals and five assists.
Freedman, who led Whitman in scoring this fall with three goals and six assists (12 points), made the All-NWC Second Team for a second straight year.
Freedman played a key role as Whitman won four straight games late in the season. After assisting on the first two Missionary goals in a 3-0 victory over Pacific, he scored the next day's only goal as Whitman slipped past George Fox 1-0.
Whitman also won its next two games as Freedman assisted on the first goal in a 2-1 victory over Willamette and then scored his team's second goal in a 2-0 shutout win over Linfield.
Freedman had eight goals and two assists in making the All-NWC Second Team a year ago as a junior.
Schumacher, a defender in his first season as a starter, joins Freedman on the 2011 Second Team. He finished with a team-leading five goals, often coming forward as a scoring option on set plays.
Schumacher, known for putting his 6-foot-3 frame to good use at both ends of the field, was honored as an NWC Student Athlete of the Week in late October after Whitman notched a pair of shutout victories.
While he and defensive teammates limited the opposition to just five shots on goal in those two games, he scored one goal and just missed a second when his header banged off the crossbar.
Three of Schumacher's five goals on the season were game-winning strikes.
Percival, Tsuji and Mirman received Honorable Mention recognition.
Percival, a team captain in his third season as a starter, gave an otherwise young defensive back line a strong does of experience at one of the outside back spots.
Percival helped the Missionary defense post six shutouts on the season while giving up just one goal in five other games.
He also contributed one goal and one assist at the offensive end. His lone goal came when he converted a penalty kick midway through the second half in a 1-0 victory at Linfield.
Percival had four assists a year ago when he also capped his junior season with Honorable Mention honors.
Tsuji, a quick midfielder, started 18 of 19 games this fall while scoring three goals and handing out three assists. He was third on the team in total shots taken.
Tsuji assisted on a pair of first-half goals in a 2-0 home-field victory over Linfield.
Tsuji helped Whitman sweep its season series with Willamette, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory in Salem and then assisting on the game-winning strike as the Missionaries won 2-1 in overtime in Walla Walla.
Mirman stepped into a starting role this season as a holding midfielder, giving the Missionaries a combination of good size (6-feet, 170 pounds) and speed in the center of the field.
Mirman's one goal during the season came in a 2-2 double-overtime draw at Bethel.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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