Dec. 10, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Xavier men’s soccer junior defender Nick Hagglund was recently named to the 2012 NSCAA Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men’s All-America Second Team, becoming the first player in program history to earn such an honor. Saint Louis forward Robbie Kristo was also recognized, as the sophomore claimed third-team All-America honors.
Known as one of the best headers in the nation, Hagglund has gained famed throughout his career as a reliable and athletic center back. The graduate of Lakota West was the Atlantic 10 Defender of the Year and was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and two All-America preseason teams. He was also named to his second-straight Atlantic 10 First Team and was a NSCAA All-Region First Team selection last year.
Hagglund, a native of Cincinnati, helped the Musketeers to their best season in program history. He started all 22 matches for the Musketeers and registered two goals and four assists.
Xavier finished the season with a 14-5-2 record after reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Musketeers final loss of the season came against Indiana, which is one of four teams playing in the College Cup this weekend.
Kristo earns SLU’s 76th All-American honor in the Billikens’ illustrious history. He is the first player to receive All-America honors since Tim Ream was named to the NSCAA third team in 2009.
A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, Kristo led SLU in scoring with 27 points (11G, 5A), the most points by a Billiken since 2008. A first-team All-Conference selection, Kristo scored five goals and Atlantic 10 Conference play and was named to the A-10 All-Championship team after helping the Billikens to the A-10 crown.
Among Kristo’s 11 goals were three game-winners, including the golden goal in double overtime against VCU in the regular season. He had three consecutive games in which he recorded a goal and an assist, and he scored the Bills’ goal against Fairleigh Dickinson in the NCAA Tournament.
In 2012, SLU advanced to the NCAA Tournament and registered 16 victories, the most since the 2001 club posted 18. As the No. 2 seed in the A-10 Tournament, the Billikens won three games in four days to secure their first A-10 title since 2009. The Billikens received the No. 8 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, which resulted in a first-round bye. Additional highlights during the 2012 slate include the Billikens entering the national rankings, as well as recording their best RPI ranking ever. In addition, SLU had four victories against ranked foes.