KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Junior Khalid Balogun picked up the third-ever All-America honor for the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s soccer program, the United Soccer Coaches organization announced tonight (Dec. 5). Balogun landed on the second team for the second consecutive season. Juwan Kearson became the first-ever All-American for the Seahawk men’s soccer program in the 2017 season.
“I’m so incredibly proud of Khalid and what he has achieved this season,” said Head Men’s Soccer Coach Alun Oliver ’04. “He is a fantastic player and an even better person. To repeat as an All-American really speaks to his commitment to the sport and drive to become better every day.”
This year’s All-Americans will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-AmericaCeremony & Receptionon Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at the Baltimore Convention Center in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention.
Balogun was one of only three Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) men’s soccer players to earn All-America accolades as Mary Washington’s Gabriel Soriano garnered first-team honors and Christopher Newport’s Derek Cook picked up second-team honors. Balogun is one of 10 men’s players earning All-America honors for the second time in their careers.
The All-America laurels come on the heels of Monday’s selection as a United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-South Atlantic Region First Team selection. It was the fourth-straight All-South Atlantic Region selection forBalogun. TeammateRoshawn Pantonalso made the All-South Atlantic Region Team as a member of the second team.
Balogunclosed out his impressive Seahawk career as a four-time all-conference pick, earning first-team awards each of the last four seasons. In addition,Balogunwas named the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2016 to go along with his Offensive Player of the Year award that he earned this season. The 6-4 forward led the team and the CAC in points with 36, and goals with 16. The Bowie, Maryland native was named the CAC Offensive Player of the Week three times this season. Over his four-year career, Balogun has recorded 93 points, 37 goals, 19 assists, and five game-winning goals.
“For me to receive this honor is humbling,” statedBalogun. “To see all my hard work pay off and have something to show for all the support my coaches, teammates, family, and friends have shown me over the last four years is truly an honor.”
The Seahawks finished their 2019 campaign with a 12-6-2 (5-4-1 CAC) overall record for their fourth consecutive 10-win season and earned the third seed in the 2019 CAC Tournament.
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