Three Washington U. Men’s Soccer Players Named to NSCAA All-Central Region Teams
St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 6, 2012 – Three members of the Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team were recognized on the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire Men’s Soccer Division III All-Central Region Team, as announced by the Association.
Junior goalkeeper Jonathan Jebson was selected to the first team, while senior back Brian Wright received second-team honors and junior forward Jeremy Kirkwood landed on the third team.
Jebson was named to the all-Central Region first team for the second year in a row, after earning all-University Athletic Association (UAA) recognition for the second straight year as well. He posted a 10-5-2 record in goal for the Bears in 2012, bringing his career record to 30-9-7 in three seasons on the Danforth Campus. Jebson recorded eight shutouts, and finished the season first in the UAA in saves per game (3.76) and shutouts per game (0.47). He also ranked second in the conference in save percentage (0.831) and third in goals against average (0.78). Jebson enters his senior season ranked third on Washington U.’s all-time career goals against average list (0.60). He was named the UAA Men’s Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week four times during the season – Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Oct. 8 and Nov. 5.
Wright received second-team all-Central Region honors for the second straight season. He was named to the all-UAA first team after starting all 17 matches for the Bears. Wright anchored a Washington U. defense that allowed just 14 goals and recorded 10 shutouts on the season. He recorded an assist on the Bears’ game-winning goal against Birmingham-Southern College in the season opener Aug. 31. Wright played in 75 of 76 career matches at Washington U., making 53 starts, including the final 46 matches in a row.
Kirkwood was selected to the all-Central Region third team after picking up first-team all-UAA honors. After missing the first nine matches of the season, Kirkwood played in the final eight matches, making five starts. He recorded four goals and three assists to tie for the team lead with 11 points on the season. Kirkwood scored the game-winning goal in the Bears’ 1-0 win over Emory University Oct. 7 in his first match back, and also had a game-winner against Principia College Oct. 18. He was named the UAA Men’s Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week Oct. 22.
Washington University finished the season with a 10-5-2 record and a 4-2-1 mark in the UAA. The Bears finished in a four-way tie for first place in the UAA standings, capturing a share of their eighth conference title in school history.