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14 A-10 Men's Soccer Players Earn United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Team Accolades

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Newport News, Va. – 14 Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Players from seven schools earned United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region awards. Fordham’s Janos Loebe and Joergan Oland, VCU’s Siad Haji, and Rhode Island’s Dominik Richter were named to the First-Team. Davidson’s Jordan Hill, Fordham’s Rashid Nuhu, URI’s Peder Kristiansen and Stavros Zarakostas, and Saint Louis’s Lennart Hein and Devin Boyce were selected Second-Team. Dayton’s Rok Taneski, Saint Joseph’s Leon Maric, Saint Louis’s John Klein, and VCU’s Ulrik Edvardsen were named third-team All-Southeast Region.

Loebe, the Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, earned the award for the second consecutive year. The senior forward from Kierspe, Germany, led the Atlantic 10 with 11 assists during the regular season, while his 25 points tied for the league lead. His seven goals tied for ninth in the league, with his three game-winning goals, tying for sixth. Nationally, he ranks fourth in total assists as well as second in assists per game, while being 34th in total points and 23rd in points per game.

In 2018, Oland helped the Fordham defense post a 0.95 goals against average, which ranks in the top 40 in the nation, as well as six shutouts.  In addition to his prowess on the back end, The junior defender from Drammen, Norway, tied his career-high with five goals, which was good for second on the Rams, while his 10 points were third on the squad. Oland was also named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Richter (Neumarkt, Germany) led Rhode Island in total points (24) and goals scored (9) this season, and was tied for second on the team in assists (6). Four of his goals were game-winners – against Bryant, St. Bonaventure and UMass, as well as against George Mason in the Atlantic 10 title match. The senior forward/midfielder registered either a goal or an assist in 12 of his 19 games played, finishing his collegiate career tied for 21st all-time at URI with 56 career points on 21 goals and 14 assists.

Haji, a Manchester, N.H., native, earned Atlantic 10 First Team honors, as well as being named the Midfielder of the Year earlier this season. Haji played a key role in the Rams' success this season as he logged five goals, 10 assists and four game-winning goals this season. His four game-winning goals are tied for first in the A-10 while his 10 assists rank second. Haji was also named A-10 Offensive Player of the Week twice throughout the season. 

Hill, a senior defender from Chesapeake, Va., a mainstay in the starting lineup since his freshman campaign, appeared in 65 career contests, including 59 starts. In 2018, he enjoyed his best season in a Wildcat uniform recording a pair of goals and an assist, while logging a team-best 1,689 minutes. In addition, he anchored a Davidson defense that posted five clean sheets.

Nuhu receives Second Team All-Southeast Region honors a year after being Second Team All-Midwest Region.  In 2018, He started 16 games for Fordham, recording a 0.94 goals against average, a .781 save percentage, 57 saves, and six shutouts. The senior goalkeeper from Accra, Ghana, rated third in the Atlantic 10 in save percentage, fourth in goals-against average, tied for sixth in saves, and tied for fourth in shutouts. 

One of the best offensive defenders in the Atlantic 10, Kristiansen (Lillestrøm, Norway) finished his junior season with a team-best eight assists. He also helped anchor a back line that posted nine shutouts - including three in a row in the A-10 quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game.

Zarokostas (Coventry, R.I.) finished the year with 20 points on eight goals and four assists, despite missing three games. He netted game-winning goals against Marist, Saint Joseph's and Fordham and set up the lone goal of the game in URI's 1-0 victory over VCU in the Atlantic 10 semifinals. After three seasons with the Rams, the junior forward/midfielder ranks 25th all-time with 54 points (21 goals, 12 assists) in 54 games played.

Hein, a senior midfielder/defender from Hamburg, Germany, earned first-team All-Conference honors for the second year in a row. The senior played every game on the Billikens' back line and also contributed two assists. Earlier this year, the International Business major was selected as one of 30 candidates in NCAA soccer for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, which goes to student-athletes who combine athletic and academic prowess.

Boyce, a junior midfielder from St. Louis, tied for third on the Billikens with 12 points (4 goals, 4 assists) and was a playmaker from the midfield position. A transfer from New Mexico in his first season with the Bills, Boyce tallied game-winning goals against nationally-ranked Tulsa, St. Bonaventure and George Washington.

Taneski was named Second Team All-Conference this season as well as earning All-Academic accolades. He led the A-10 in shots, putting 22 on target, and scored two goals with a team-high three assists in 19 games. The Slovenia native also was named to the Academic Dean's List and earned preseason All-Conference honors after being named A-10 Midfielder of the Year last season.

Maric, also a 2018 Atlantic 10 First Team forward selection, led all A-10 performers in goals with 12 on the year, including six in league play. Making all 18 starts as SJU's first option up top, the transfer out of the University of Virginia led the Hawks in goals (12), points (25), match-winning goals (4), and penalty-kick goals (2). Maric became the first Hawk to score 12 goals in a season since 1994 and finished the season tied for fifth in SJU's single-season records for goals.

Klein, a freshman forward from Columbia, Mo., Joins the third team All-Southeast Region as the only freshman to receive the honor after being named A-10 Rookie of the Year. Klein finished the year with nine goals, tying him for third in the A-10, and his 19 points ranked him inside the top 10. Along with being named Rookie of the Year, Klein was also an All-Conference Second Team selection. 

Edvardsen, a sophomore defender from Bergen, Norway, has made an immediate impact since joining VCU last year. This year, Edvardsen logged one goal and one assist and played a strong defensive role for VCU. To go along with his All-Southeast Region Third Team honors, he earned Atlantic 10 Second Team honors this season and was also named to TopDrawerSoccer's Top 100 Freshman List last season.

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