Men's Soccer All-Americans Announced
December 21, 2007
Five Middlebury College men's soccer players were honored today when the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) announced its All-Region and All-American teams. Seniors Alex Elias (Manchester Center, Vt.) and Casey Ftorek (Wolfeboro, N.H.), along with junior Brian Bush (Madison, Wis.) earned first-team All-American honors, while senior Andrew Germansky (New York, N.Y.) was a second-team honoree. The four were also all named first-team All-New England, while junior Baer Fisher (Kenilworth, Ill.) earned second-team honors for the Panthers. The five players helped lead Middlebury to its first NCAA Championship this fall, setting a new school record with 18 wins against just two losses and a pair of ties. The '07 squad earned a school-best 17 shutouts, while capturing the NESCAC Championship.
Elias and Fisher patrolled the midfield for the Panthers this season. Both players were steady all season long, helping Middlebury to end the season on a nine-game unbeaten streak. Elias, who was a first-team All-NESCAC selection, ended the year with a goal and four assists for six points. Fisher led the team in assists with seven and ranked seventh in the NESCAC with .32/game. He also scored three goals on the year, two of them game-winners.
Ftorek had an explosive season offensively for Middlebury, setting a new single-season record with 17 goals, seven more than anyone else in the league. His 39-point season broke his own school record, as he led the team in both categories as well as game-winning tallies with nine. The senior is a two-time first-team All-NESCAC selection, while also earning first-team All-New England honors a year ago. He ends his career with 30 goals in 39 games, fourth all-time at Middlebury. His 73 career points also place him fourth on the school's list.
The numbers were astonishing this season for Bush, as the Panther keeper ended the year with a .32 goals against average, third in the nation. He also broke the school's single-season shutout record with 13 in 19 starts, missing four games with an injury. Bush owned a 15-1-2 record with 87 saves in '07, ending the year with a 623 minute scoreless streak. The first-team All-NESCAC selection was amazing during shoot-outs in the post-season, helping the Panthers to advance on three different occasions.
Germansky was the anchor of a Middlebury defense that didn't allow a goal in five NCAA Tournament games this season. The senior helped lead the team to 17 shutouts this season, allowing just one goal in 11 home games. The Panther defense also ranked second nationally in shutout percentage (0.77) and third in goals against average (0.35). Germansky, a first-team All-NESCAC choice, played in just 11 games his first two seasons as Middlebury before emerging as the team's backstop on defense during the past two seasons.