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UW-Superior's Mooney, Olson and Perry Earn UMAC Year-End Men's Soccer Awards

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Created: November 06, 2018 04:52 PM

Superior, Wisc. - Members of the the UW-Superior Men's Soccer Team earned three of the four Upper Midwest Athletic Conference year-end awards.

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Following an unbeaten 11-0-1 conference championship season, the Yellowjackets had A.J. Olson named Defensive Player of the Year, Blake Perry named Rookie of the Year and Head Coach Joe Mooney selected Coach of the Year. Joe Graumann of Martin Luther College was voted Offensive Player of the Year.

In his 11th season at the helm, Mooney led the Yellowjackets to their first-ever UMAC regular season championship and a second-consecutive postseason tournament and NCAA berth. The Yellowjackets put together their best season under Mooney with a record of 18-2-1 and currently own a 19-game unbeaten streak and 14-game winning streak. In conference games, the Yellowjackets dominated offensively with averaging 3.53 goals per game and boasting a 2.83 scoring margin.

As dominant as the Yellowjackets were offensively, defensively they were just as strong thanks to the solid play of top defender Olson. The sophomore anchored a defense that allowed just nine goals to UMAC opponents for a team 0.773 goals against average (GAA). He led the team in minutes played and helped the squad record four shutouts against UMAC teams. Additionally, Olson helped the 'Jackets defense hold conference opponents to just one goal or fewer in a 11 of 12 regular season league games.

Perry was key contributor for the Yellowjackets offensively in his first season of play. The rookie ranked seventh in goals (7) and points (16) which was the most by any first-year player in the UMAC. Perry also tallied two conference game-winning goals. His top performance came when he scored two goals and added two assists in a win over Northland College on Sept. 18. He was the only rookie named All-UMAC First or Second Team.

The Yellowjackets topped the all-conference awards with four First Team selections to lead their total eight across all three teams. Runner-up St. Scholastica and Crown College each posted the next highest total with six total honorees. For the Saints, that includes Luke Buckton who is the only player to have been selected All-UMAC First Team three years in a row.

To see the full list of UMAC Men's Soccer Honors, click here.

UW-Superior will represent the conference at the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament as the Yellowjackets face Augsburg in the first round on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in St. Paul.

(Contributions from the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.)

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