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WHITTIER, Calif. – The 2019 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's Soccer teams were announced Wednesday following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches.
The Purple & Gold landed a combined six on both teams, the most ever selected in a single season in the Whittier College record books with four coming on the 1st Team and two on the 2nd Team. The most All-SCIAC performers Whittier has ever had was five, back in 2009 and 2013.
Poets who were selected to the 1st Team included Teddy Nickerson (Seattle, WA), Hayden Barnouw (Seattle, WA), RayRay Roberson (Albuquerque, NM), and Banks Telkamp (Seattle, WA). On the 2nd Team Daniel Hayes (Chicago, Ill.) and Matteo Loi (Kirkland, WA) were recognized.
Sophomore keeper Nickerson earns recognition for the first time as he proved to be the top goalie in the conference. In SCIAC he started all 12 games with a 6-3-2 record, which included a 0.86 goals against average, 41 saves and a .788 save percentage. In the SCIAC rankings he ranked No. 1 in wins, No. 3 in saves, and No. 5 in goals against average and save percentage.
Barnouw picked up his first career nod on an All-SCIAC team as he anchored a defensive unit that allowed just a 1.07 goals against average, while holding opponents to just a .100 shot percentage. He also added a goal and an assist within SCIAC play with a .571 shot on goal percentage and a game-winner coming against Caltech.
An early injury to Roberson wouldn't keep him from playing as he also lands on the 1st Team for the first time in his career. He was a midfielder for the Purple & Gold and finished SCIAC with a pair of goals and three assists as he started in 9 of 12 games within conference.
Telkamp was the final Poet to earn a 1st Team nod. He led the offense in conference action with four goals and an assist. He also added a .308 shot on goal percentage with a game-winner coming against Chapman University. In SCIAC he ranked No. 6 in goals and shots, and No. 7 in points.
Junior transfer Hayes was recognized on the 2nd Team as a defender, the first time he has been acknowledged on an All-SCIAC team. He played in 10 SCIAC games with a goal and an assist and added a .400 shot on goal percentage.
Loi rounds out the All-SCIAC performers being named to the 2nd Team as a midfielder for the first time in his career. He was an offensive threat for the Poets with a pair of goals and two assists coming in SCIAC play. Those two tallies coming in a 3-1 win over Occidental College on the road.
SCIAC Athlete of the Year – Adam Singer (Claremont-M-S)
SCIAC Newcomer of the Year – Sam Klauer (Caltech)
SCIAC Award of Distinction – Jack Kolodge (La Verne)
SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year – Ralph Perez (Redlands)