Two WSU women’s soccer players, Ferguson Named All-Ohio
FAIRBORN — Goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy and defender Allie Metzler of the Wright State women’s soccer team have been named to the Division I Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Team, while Raiders head coach Pat Ferguson was selected as the Coach of the Year.
McCurdy (Peterborough, ONT/Crestwood), who was selected to the team for the second consecutive year, posted a 0.82 goals against average with 87 saves as she allowed just 15 goals in 18 matches this season. Her .853 save percentage was 19th in Division I in 2013 while her goals against average was 52nd.
A First Team All-Horizon League honoree and the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013, she recorded eight complete shutouts and one combined shutout on the season, with four of those coming league play, including in each of the final three contests of the regular season as WSU won 1-0 over Milwaukee, Green Bay and Cleveland State. Named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week on September 30 and October 7, McCurdy was a member of the All-Newcomer Team in 2010 along with Second Team All-League in 2012.
Metzler (Colorado Springs, CO/Palmer) was named the 2013 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year as she also contributed to the Raiders posting a 0.88 goals against average for the season with the nine shutouts and also recorded an assist at Ohio on Aug. 25. A First Team All-League performer in 2012, she was part of the league’s All-Newcomer Team in 2011.
Ferguson was chosen as the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2013 for the second time in his career, with the first being in 2009. After a 2-4-3 start, the Raiders finished strong, going 6-1-2 in their final nine contests with seven shutouts. Ferguson has compiled a 171-119-36 record in his 17-year coaching career, including a 95-57-25 mark in nine seasons at the Wright State helm.
Ohio Galaxy boys nation’s best at N.C. tourney
RALEIGH, N.C. —The Ohio Galaxies U15 98 Elite Team has catapulted themselves to the top of their National League bracket, thanks to an umblemished weekend of matches in North Carolina. The team stands in first place in the Red Division of the boys U15 National League Tournament with a record of 4-0-0 in November.
The U.S. Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation’s top teams in the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 boys and girls age groups. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers the highest level of competition in the country. Teams earn their spot in the National League via success in the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
“After seeing the high level of competition we know we have to continue to improve and focus on the process of how we play in each training session and game. It is an honor to represent the Ohio Galaxies club, and a testament to the work the boys and Northern Warren County Soccer Club have put in over the past few years to have earned this opportunity” said coach David Korn.
The U15 Boys beat teams from Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On March 14-16, they will be playing teams from Michigan, Arizona and California. Club information can be found at www.OhioGalaxiesFC.com
Galaxy team members are: Caleb Austin, Matthew Cash, Oliver Nicolai Noevik, Nicholas Togliatti (Beavercreek); Phillip Cruz, Jacob Erlandson (Dayton Christian); Joseph Hagerty, David Rueth, Matthew Ruffolo, Parker Simms, Jakob Tremblay (Alter); Cole Hamilton (Springboro); Eric Jacobs, Alex Narog (Middletown Fenwick); Benjamin Penrod, Matthew Scarpino, Adam Sweeney (Centerville); Blake Pittser (Miami Trace).