ROCHESTER, Mich. – The 2015 season will go down as another successful one for the Oakland men’s soccer team and head coach Eric Pogue. The Golden Grizzlies won their second consecutive Horizon League Tournament title advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
▪Oakland defeated Navy 3-2 in overtime, snapping the nation’s longest unbeaten streak at 13 games
▪With a conference record of 5-3-1, the Golden Grizzlies earned a two-seed spot in the Horizon League tournament where they would go on to beat Cleveland State, 1-0, and Wright State, 1-0, to secure its second consecutive the tournament title.
▪Oakland earned an NCAA tournament bid for the seventh time since 2000 and third since 2010. They played Dayton in the first round to double-overtime tie before falling in penalty kicks.
▪The Golden Grizzly back-line recorded a Horizon League best eight shutouts, including 348:40 minutes not allowing a goal through the final four games heading into the NCAA tournament.
▪Defensively, Oakland ranked 76th out of 202 teams in the NCAA in goals against with an average of 1.15 goals per game.
▪The Golden Grizzlies ranked second in Horizon League play with 3.89 points per game and 1.44 goals per game.
▪Oakland defeated arch-rival UDM, 2-0, for the second consecutive season in the annual Metro Series driven by Trinity Transportation.
▪Oakland finished the season with a 10-8-2 record; which is the fifth season with a winning percentage of .500 or better since 2009.
▪Austin Ricci was named the Horizon League Co-Offensive Player of the Year
▪Five Golden Grizzlies earned places on All-Horizon League teams; Ricci and Matt Dudley were named to the first team, while Shawn Claud Lawson, Raphael Reynolds and Jacob VanderLaan were all named to the second team. Nick Strack was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman team.
▪Dudley was named the Horizon League Tournament MVP, Eliott Tarney, Derek Nowak, and Matt Rickard were all named to the All-Tournament team along with Dudley. Rickard scored the overtime-game winner off a corner kick feed from Dudley to defeat Cleveland State in the semifinals. Dudley scored the game-winning goal off a free kick propelling Oakland over Wright State in the championship game.
▪Ricci and Dudley were each named to the 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America NSCAA All-Great Lakes Regional Team. Ricci was named to the second team while Dudley garnered third team honors.
▪Ricci was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 31- Sept. 6 after he scored two goals and assisted on another for a total of five points in two games.
▪Alex Serwatka recorded five points against Western Illinois (Aug. 28) which was tied for the highest single game point total in the Horizon League.
▪Eliott Tarney recorded seven shutouts in 15 games this season, the second most by an individual in the Horizon League. Tarney and the defensive back line lead Oakland to being ranked third in the Horizon League in goals against average with .89 goals per game.