Dec. 10, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kyle Bethel, Lucas Diener, Miche'le Lipari and John Timm all earned NSCAA All-Midwest Region honors, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Monday. Bethel was named to the All-Region first team, while Diener, Lipari and Timm each took home third team honors.
"Congratulations to these four young men on their All-Midwest Region recognition," said head coach Eric Pogue. "All four of these student-athletes are very deserving of the honor and it is a testament to the great season that Oakland soccer had as a team that they received this recognition as individuals."
Oakland won The Summit League regular season title and advanced to the championship match of the league tournament. The Golden Grizzlies ranked eighth in the nation in both total offense and total assists. Oakland also placed ninth in the NCAA in goals scored and total points.
Bethel, a senior from Howell, N.J., was The Summit League Offensive Player of the Year, after finishing the season with seven goals and 13 assists. He ranked second in the NCAA in both total assists and assists per game. Bethel also led the league with 27 points, which ranked 24th in the nation. He was both an All-Summit League first team and All-Tournament Team selection, while becoming the first Summit League player to earn NSCAA All-Region first team honors since a trio of OU players did so during the 2008 season.
Timm, a senior defender from Clarkston, Mich. was the Defensive Player of the Year in The Summit League. A team captain, he was a key player in the Oakland defense, which allowed a league low 24 goals this season. Timm was recognized with All-Summit League first team and All-Tournament Team honors.
Lipari, a junior midfielder from Macomb, Mich., was third in the league with seven goals this season. He also placed fourth in The Summit League with 17 points. He was an All-Summit League first team selection and ranked second on the Oakland team in goals and points.
Diener, a junior defender from Rochester Hills, Mich. was an All-Summit League second team selection. He served as a team captain and started every game for Oakland defense. Diener also came forward to score two goals and deliver a pair of assists.
"There is no doubt that these four played huge roles in our team's success this fall," added Pogue. "Our team as a whole will continue to work hard over the next eight months to build upon the foundation we laid this past season."