OMAHA, Neb. -
The honors continue to roll in for the Creighton men's soccer team as seniors Andrew Duran, Ethan Finlay and Brian Holt have all been named first-team All-Americans by College Soccer News and freshman Eric Miller was named third-team All-Freshman by the online organization. The All-America honors for the trio of seniors comes after each was also tabbed an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and the trio of Bluejays equals North Carolina for most players represented on the first team.
Holt set an NCAA record with a 0.206 goals against average this season,
posting 17 shutouts, while starting all 19 of Creighton's clean sheets. Creighton's first NSCAA first-team goalkeeper, Holt was named the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year and
the MVC Tournament MVP, as he went 21-2-1 with an NCAA-leading 92.3
save percentage and just five goals allowed in 2,180 minutes played.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
winner finishes one of the most decorated seasons in Creighton history,
and ends his career with an NCAA record 44 career shutouts and MVC and
school records for wins (57) and goals against average (0.62).
Finlay was named one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy
on Friday – college soccer's top individual honor. The two-time MVC
Player of the Year, Finlay led the conference in goals (14) and points
(34) for the second straight season, while he topped the MVC in
game-winning goals for the fourth straight year. One of three players in school history to twice earn All-America honors from the NSCAA, he scored six game-winning goals in 2011 to
finish his career with 20 game-winners among his 43 career scores. His
43 goals rank fifth in school history and seventh in league history,
while his 103 points are sixth in CU history and 10th in The Valley
record books. Both Holt and Finlay each started all 79 matches they
played in during their careers.
Duran delivered on his potential with the help of a fully healthy year
in 2011. His first four seasons were all shortened by injury, but the
left center back started all 24 matches for Creighton's record-setting
defense this year. He helped the Bluejays post 19 shutouts, one shy of
the NCAA record, while Creighton's defense set an NCAA record with a
0.20 goals against average. Duran was named the MVC Defensive Player of
the Year and named second-team NSCAA All-America for his outstanding work on CU's back line.
Miller was the only freshman to start a match for the Bluejays in 2011, as the rookie started 23 of Creighton's 24 matches as its right outside back. The Woodbury, Minn., native graduated high school early last December and started training with the Bluejays in January. That early start helped him finished as the runner-up for MVC Freshman of the Year and contribute to Creighton's record-setting defense.
Creighton, the MVC regular-season and tournament champion, finished its
season with a 21-2-1 mark, following a shootout loss to 14th-ranked
Charlotte last Friday night in the College Cup Semifinals.