Four members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College men's soccer team were recently honored when the National Christian College Athletic Association released its All-American and Academic All-American Teams for the 2001 season.
Trevor Knowles, a junior goalkeeper from Gahanna, Ohio, was selected to the NCCAA All-American First Team. The former Westerville North High School standout posted a 1.07 goals against average as allowed just 22 goals in 22 matches this season. Knowles also helped the Cougars post 10 shutouts as a team.
Preston Elifritz, a senior forward from Fletcher, Ohio, was named to the NCCAA All-American Second Team. The former Miami East High School star led MVNC with 20 goals and nine assists in his final collegiate season. Elifritz wraps up his stellar four-year career ranked second on the Cougars' all-time list in goals scored (54), assists (45), and points (153).
Nels Radtke, a senior midfielder from Worthington, Ohio, received NCCAA Honorable Mention All-American status. The former Worthington Christian High School standout started all 22 matches and registered six assists.
Casey Swanson, a junior defender from Mount Vernon, Ohio, was selected to the NCCAA Academic All-American Team. The former Mount Vernon High School product has compiled a 3.790 grade point average as a Mathematics/Computer Science double major. Swanson also recorded five assists this year and helped the defense post 10 shutouts.
MVNC finished the season with a 14-6-2 overall record and an 11-4-1 American Mideast Conference mark.