Jan. 16, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Nick Kristock and Joey Tinnion were named to the Horizon League Academic All-League men's soccer team, announced the league office on Thursday. The duo are among 11 selections voted on by the league's faculty athletic representatives and sports information directors.
Kristock, a senior defender, was named the winner of the 2013 Senior CLASS award chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men's soccer coaches, national soccer media and fans. The award is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I men's soccer who has have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, community, character and competition. An all-league second team selection, Kristock was the anchor for the Oakland back line during the season as he is the only OU player to start in all 19 matches. He led the Golden Grizzlies' defense as they allowed nine goals in league play for a 1.29 goals per game average and only 11.6 shots per game. Kristock is a business administration major and holds a 3.73 grade-point average (GPA).
Tinnion, a junior forward, was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 team after leading the Golden Grizzlies in points (18), goals (7) and assists (4) while holding a 3.66 GPA as a history with secondary education major. He also was named to the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer National Teams of the Week after scoring four goals in three matches including game-winners against Detroit and Wright State. He earned Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after scoring both goals in the come-from-behind victory against Detroit at the OU Soccer Field.
The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.