November 5, 2012

Four Knights Named USCAA All-Americans, Five Earn All-Academic Honors

Written by Sean Dahlin

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its 2012 men's soccer All-American and All-Academic selections.

Senior Ryan Foster (Custer, S.D.) and junior Adam Freeman (Marion, Va.) headlined the Southern Virginia selections as both were selected to the USCAA All-American First Team

Two-time captain and midfielder Foster posed as a defensive stronghold throughout the season while also finishing third on the team in goals scored (5) and points (10).   

"Ryan [Foster] has truly been our leader and captain these past two years and is very deserving of the award," said sixth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "He was an anchor within our defensive scheme and among our most skilled players on the field this season." 

On the offensive end, forward/midfielder Freeman led the Knights in goals (10), assists (7) and points (27) this season, also giving him a team-high within the past two years of 19 goals netted and 13 assists for 50 total points. 

"Adam has been our leading scorer the past two seasons and was the focal point of our offensive game plan this year," said Caputo. "His work ethic and will-to-win gave us one of the sparks we needed to earn double-digit wins in 2012." 

Foster and Freeman were joined on the All-American team by freshman defender Zac McCulloch (Draper, Utah) and three-year starting senior midfielder Branden Seeberger (Forest, Va.), who earned Second Team honors for their solid play and tireless effort on the defensive end for the Knights. 

"Branden ans Zac were significant contributors to our team's success this season," said Caputo. "Branden was the heart and soul of our defense, never backing down from a challenge. Zac was did a great job defending all year, especially in one-on-one situations." 

Five additional men's soccer scholar-athletes—Garrett Coffman (Wabash, Ind.), Luis Diaz (Pachuca, Mex.), Maxwell Doxey (Buena Vista, Va.), Eric Palmer (Glen Allen, Va.) and Nathan Seeberger (Forest, Va.)—earned USCAA All-Academic honors.

"Garrett, Luis, Maxwell, Eric and Nathan were not only leaders for us on the field but were also examples in the classroom," said Caputo. "I am very proud of this year's team and the direction in which the program is moving."

Approximately two weeks ago, Southern Virginia University Athletic Director Scott Y. Doxey named Matt Grawrock director of soccer. In addition to his duties as head women's soccer coach, Grawrock will now coach and recruit for Southern Virginia men's soccer.

Grawrock inherits men's soccer from Caputo, who is stepping down as the program's all-time winningest coach (62-47-2) after being named head men's basketball coach last May.

Under Caputo's helm, men's soccer won 19 games through 2011-12—the most program wins in a two-year span since 2002-03.