KANSAS CITY, Mo. (November 29, 2017) – Three Tars have garnered United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II All-South Region honors, it was announced Wednesday. Stefan Avram, Ben Grant, and Fritz Engel have each earned spots on the Second Team.
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Fritz Engel, a Berlin, Germany native, has been named to the Second Team as a constant presence on the Tars backline this year, appearing in all 17 games, including making 16 starts. The rangy defender has been a key part of a defense that surrendered just over one goal per game. Engel has also contributed to the attack this year, tallying two goals, and a team leading four assists. He headed home the game winner against Florida Southern, and his four assists are a tie for seventh most in the conference. Fritz has been a constant presence on both the Athletic Director's and Conference Commissioner's Honor Rolls, he was named First Team All-Sunshine State Conference, to the SSC All-Tournament Team, and a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-Region performer, and Second Team All-Region by the D2CCA.
Stefan Avram earned a spot on the Second Team as his form developed down the stretch run of the 2017 season, making a big contribution to the Tars in SSC play, and throughout the conference tournament. The Orlando, Florida native finished the season second on the squad, and tied for second on the SSC leaderboards, with nine goals, including three game winners. Avram tallied his one assist of the year in the Tars' upset win over Palm Beach Atlantic in the SSC Tournament Semifinals. The junior scored four times in the Tars' rout of Saint Leo, and twice in the Tars postseason clinching win against Florida Tech on October 24. Avram's performance against the Panthers, in the final week of the regular season, earned him SSC Offensive Player of the Week honors, while he also received Second Team All-SSC, and D2CCA Second Team All-Region nods.
Ben Grant received Second Team honors after captaining the Tars throughout his junior campaign. The midfielder has been one of the Tars' most consistent players throughout the season, starting all 17 games. The Manchester, England native led both the team, and SSC, with 10 goals, while recording three games winners, including Rollins' overtime score against conference foe Eckerd. The junior also added one assist, in the Tars' SSC Tournament opening round victory over Florida Tech. The junior ended the season with 21 points, leading Rollins and finishing second in the conference. Grant also received Second Team All-Conference honors, a spot on the SSC All-Tournament Team, and D2CCA Second Team All-South Region.
The Tars' season came to an end in the SSC Tournament Finals against Tampa. Rollins defeated Florida Tech in the first round of the tournament, then handed Palm Beach Atlantic their first loss in the semifinals. Rollins, however, conceded a late penalty in the Finals against the Spartans to fall 2-1.
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