Both the men’s and women’s soccer squads at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) had very successful 2018 campaigns. As a result, they were rewarded with several selections each to the Capital Athletic Conference’s (CAC) first and second teams. The men’s team, who lost 1-0 to Mary Washington University in the CAC championship game, had five selections. Senior captain Juwan Kearson, juniors Khalid Balogun and Josh McRobie, and sophomore Roshawn Panton all picked up first team honors, while junior Andrew Kalinoski earned the second team award, according to smcmathletics.com.
Kearson ended his collegiate career career with four all-conference selections, including first team for the last three seasons. In his SMCM career, Kearson has started seventy-two out of seventy-six possible games, scored seventeen goals, notched sixteen assists, and scored seven game winning goals.
Balogun’s selection to the first team was also his third straight, as he led the CAC in all major statistical categories. This included twelve goals, seven assists, thirty-one points, and seventy-two shots. He will look to return for an even more impressive senior campaign in 2019.
After transferring in from Frostburg State University, McRobie placed third in the league with eight goals and fourth in the league with twenty points during his first season as a Seahawk. McRobie additionally concluded the year with two game winning goals.
Another first year Seahawk, Panton transferred in from Prince George’s Community College and made an immediate impact. He tied with Balogun for the conference lead in assists, and also finished with six goals, two game winners, and nineteen points.
Kalinoski helped to anchor the Seahawk defense to eleven shutouts and 0.78 goals against average. He also scored the first two goals of his career, and they were both game winners against Southern Virginia University and Salisbury University, respectively.
With four of the five All-CAC selections returning in 2019, SMCM is already well on their way in the hunt for a championship.
The SMCM women’s soccer team, who once again made it to the CAC semi-finals, had three all-conference players of their own. Senior Lauren Hall and sophomore Alex Moody both were selected to the first team, and senior Katie Flores was chosen for the second team.
This was Hall’s first time being selected to the all-conference team, as she led the Seahawk defense to seven shutouts and 1.46 goals against average. She also received CAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 10 after scoring the game winning goal against Stevenson University.
This was also Moody’s first time being named to the All-CAC team. The forward finished with six goals, two game winning goals, and a team high of fourteen points. She was named CAC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1 after scoring three of the team’s four goals that week.
Flores picked up her second All-CAC second team award as a goalie. She received the same award after her first season at SMCM (2015). That year, Flores was second in the conference with 104 saves and fourth with a .782 save percentage. She also won the CAC Defensive Player of the Week award twice this year, on Oct. 1 and Oct. 29, according to smcmathletics.com.