Jan. 24, 2017

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The two-time defending Horizon League champion Oakland men’s soccer team entered the 2016 season looking for the three-peat but had their impressive run ended in heartbreaking fashion by No. 1 seed Wright State in a shootout during the conference tournament semi-finals.

▪ Oakland stunned the No. 2 ranked team in the nation Akron with a 1-0 home shutout in an exhibition match (8/15)

▪ The Golden Grizzles defeated arch-rival Detroit Mercy, 2-1, (9/21) for the sixth consecutive season earning a third consecutive Metro Series Driven by Trinity Transpiration win over the Titans

▪ The Black and Gold defeated Dayton, 1-0, on Homecoming weekend. The Flyers defeated the Golden Grizzlies in penalty kicks in the 2015 NCAA College Cup opening round

▪ Oakland finished the season second in the league with 14 goals

▪ Oakland’s defense recorded three shutouts

▪ With a conference record of 5-4-0, the Golden Grizzlies earned the No. 4 seed in the Horizon League Tournament where they defeated beat Green Bay, 1-0, in the quarterfinals (11/7)

▪ The Black and gold played Wright State to a 1-1 double overtime draw in semi-final action before falling, 6-5, in penalty kicks ending their bid for a third consecutive Horizon League Tournament title

Liam McQueenie was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week (9/17)

▪ McQueenie lead the team in shutouts (2), ranked seventh in the league in save percentage (.776) and eighth with goal against average (1.08)

Chase Jabbori was named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week (10/7)

▪ Jabbori lead the team in goals (6) with a career-high in points (14) which was second on the team



▪ Jabbori and Zach Walker both were named to the 2016 Fall Horizon League Academic All-League team

▪ Walker made a career-high nine saves against Virginia Tech (9/24)

Nebojsa Popovic and Nyal Higgins were named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team

▪ Popovic ranked second on the team in points (11), third in goals (4) and assists (3)

Austin Ricci lead the team in points (15) assists (5), also ranked second on the team in goals (5)

▪ Ricci and Higgins were each named to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Regional Third Team

Connor Ballantyne, Hamid Barry, Ryan Goike, Alec Greene, Jabbori, Keenan King, Wes Mink, Popovic and Walker were named to the 2017 Spring Horizon League Honor Roll


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