Nov. 11, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University men's soccer team had four student-athletes named to the All-Patriot League Teams, conference officials announced on Tuesday. Senior midfielder Phil Purdy, junior defender Cooper Bryant and junior defender Karsten Smith were all first team selections, while junior midfielder Cameron Petty was a second team pick for the second-straight year.
Purdy earned his third league award after being named Rookie of the Year as a freshman and being named a second team honoree as a junior. He was named to the first team this season after being the defensive force in the American midfield. He has scored two goals, both on penalty kicks, and added an assist for five points. One of his connected PK's was also a game-winner.
Bryant earns his first all-league award this season, being named to the first team after anchoring an AU defense that allowed 1.18 goals per game and pitched six shutouts, four coming in league play. Bryant, a team captain, has been relied upon all season to shut down the opposing team's biggest offensive threat and has been one of the most consistent players on the field for the Eagles.
Smith was an All-Patriot League Second Team award winner a year ago and finds himself on the first team this season after scoring three goals and adding an assist for the seven points in the regular season. He also was part of the center back tandem, along with Bryant, that allowed just 1.18 goals per game and posted six shutouts on the year.
Petty makes his second-consecutive appearance on the All-Patriot League Second Team. Petty has scored one goal and added two assists this season. He was credited with the game-winning assist in the Eagles' 3-2 double overtime win over Bucknell in the final regular season game. He has played the most minutes among all American midfielders.
"We've been telling the boys all year that team success leads to individual recognition," said AU head coach Todd West. "All four players are certainly deserving of the accolades they've received."
American will look to win its first Patriot League Tournament since 2004. The No. 2 seeded Eagles will play the No. 3 seed Holy Cross on Friday at 7 p.m. in Hamilton, N.Y. on the campus of Colgate.