Men's Soccer Has Three Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Region Honors
St. Louis, Mo., November 2, 2010 — Senior defender Alex Neumann, senior midfielder Cody Costakis and senior goalkeeper Andrew Serio of the No. 12 Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team have been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII first team, as announced Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
In order to be selected to an academic all-district team, a student-athlete must demonstrate success on the playing field and in the classroom, with academic and athletic achievements taken into consideration. The student-athlete must possess a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average and be at least a sophomore in academic standing.
As first-team all-district selections, Neumann, Costakis and Serio are each eligible to be selected as Academic All-Americans. The 2010 men’s soccer Academic All-America announcement will be made on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
Neumann is selected as an academic all-district honoree for the second year in a row, also earning first-team honors in 2009. He is one of the anchors for a Washington University backfield that boasts one of the best goals against averages in Division III and has played in and started 17 of the team’s 18 games this season. The Bears have allowed just seven goals all season, an average of 0.38 per contest, which ranks ninth in Division III and nearly matches the all-time school record of 0.35 goals against per game.
Costakis has emerged as Washington University’s premier playmaker offensively. He ranks second on the team in scoring with 14 points, and is first in assists with six and second in goals with four. Costakis takes all set scoring opportunities off free kicks and corners whenever he is on the field and serves as the team’s main catalyst on offense. He has scored two game-winning goals this season and assisted three others.
Serio has started 17 games in goal for Washington University and boasts a 0.44 goals against average (GAA) and an .857 save percentage in 2010. He is undefeated with a 9-0-1 record to his credit and has one individual shutout while combining with freshman Jonathan Jebson to post 10 team shutouts. His 0.44 GAA ranks as the fourth-lowest in a single season in school history.
Washington U. (13-1-4, 3-1-2 UAA) returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 6, when it hosts the University of Chicago in its regular season finale at Francis Field in St. Louis, Mo., at 2:30 p.m.