Men’s Soccer Keeper Tacks on another Honor
Posted: December 13, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
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Freshman Sean Kelley was named to the 2006 College Soccer News All-Freshman First Team yesterday. Kelley is the lone Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) athlete on the first team; the league has two representatives on the third team.
Most recently, Kelley was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Atlantic Region Third Team. Kelley also earned the title of Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year and was named to the conference all-rookie team, as well as the All-CAA Second Team.
During the season, Kelley was named CAA Rookie of the Week on three occasions and was the only player in the league to earn this honor more than twice. In addition, the Kentucky native was named CAA Co-Player of the Week Oct. 9, as well as to the Men’s College National Soccer Team of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer on the same day. In the Oct. 12 issue of Sports Illustrated, Kelley was featured in the ”Faces in the Crowd” section and was also named to the ”Best of the Rest” list by SoccerTimes.com.
Kelley saw action in net the entire 2006 season for the Patriots for a total of 1,997 minutes. Kelley ended the season ranked sixth in the nation in NCAA Division I competition in save percentage (0.879), 14th in goals against average (0.637) and 32nd in saves per game (4.86).
From Sept. 8 to Oct. 8, Mason won nine-straight games, which was only the third time in school history this happened and the first since 1998. In those games Kelley allowed only three goals, and six of the eight shutouts during this period ended in a score of 1-0.
Mason closed out the 2006 campaign fourth in the CAA with an overall record of 12-6-3 and a 7-3-1 mark in league play. The Patriots played in the CAA Championship game for the first time since 2003, but Hofstra University claimed the title. On Nov. 11, for the first time in 10 years Mason hosted Bucknell University in the 2006 NCAA Championship, but fell by an overtime score of 1-0.