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November 28, 2023 5:08 am

Six Trojans earn academic all-district honors

MOUNT OLIVE — A total of six players from the University of Mount Olive men’s soccer team were tabbed to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team, as senior defender Will Doyen, sophomore goalkeeper Axel Engren, junior midfielder Walter Gomez, junior midfielder Daniel Miller, sophomore midfielder Rafael Obraczka and forward Guilherme Semola earned the honor.

With this honor, all four individuals are eligible for consideration on the CSC Academic All-American Team that will be announced this month.

A Middle Creek product, Doyen appeared in all 17 contests with 12 starts and tallied two goals and one assist. He played along the backline as a defender and assisted in four shutout performances. Doyen holds a 3.74 grade-point average while completing a degree in business administration/finance.

The starting goalkeeper, Engren was selected to the all-conference second-team and started all 17 games this season. He ranked among the top five in the league in several categories, including total saves (64), saves per game (3.76), and save percentage (.719). A native of Sweden, Engren collected all nine wins this year and registered three shutouts with at least five saves in six contests. He maintains a 4.0 GPA while majoring in business administration/finance.

Gomez, from Charlotte, played in all 17 matches and had five goals and two assists. He netted two stellar free-kick goals this season, which both were featured on the conference’s top 10 plays, including the eventual game-winner at Belmont Abbey. Gomez boasts a 3.85 GPA while pursuing a degree in sport management.

A native of Zebulon, Miller started in 16 games this year while serving as a dynamic player in the midfield. He logged over 1,000 minutes this season while making an impact on both sides of the ball. Miller holds a 3.88 GPA while completing a degree in business administration/business management.

Obraczka, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, appeared in 16 games with 14 starts while totaling three goals and one assist. He maintains a 3.71 GPA while majoring in business administration/business management.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Semola earned all-conference third-team honors after leading the program offensively at forward. He tied for the team lead with six goals and four assists. Semola tied for ninth in the conference in assists and ranked among the top 15 in the league in goals. Semola boasts a 3.78 GPA while pursuing a degree in business administration/computer information systems.

To qualify for the academic all-district honors, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and in athletic eligibility, must maintain a cumulative 3.50 GPA or higher, and must have played at least 50 percent of the team’s games. Additionally, each institution is capped at six nominees in the sport of men’s soccer.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics