SEGUIN, Texas – Texas Lutheran Men's Soccer student-athletes Luis Green and Mitchell Long advanced to the 2019 Academic All-America® ballot for NCAA Division III Men's Soccer after being named Thursday to the Academic All-District® First Team.
The 2019 Academic All-District® Men's Soccer Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
Honorees selected First Team Academic All-District® advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.
Green, a sophomore, and Long, a junior, are onto the Academic All-America® ballot for the first time in their collegiate careers.
Green holds a 3.52 grade point averages as a business finance major. Long has a perfect 4.0 GPA as an exercise science major.
TLU last had a Men's Soccer Academic All-America® selection in 2002, when David Stahl collected the second of his two Academic All-America® honors.
TLU has 40 all-time Academic All-America® selections. The Bulldogs have produced 18 Academic All-Americans® in the last five years.
Green, the 2019 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year for a second consecutive year, leads the SCAC in scoring with 18 goals (tying his DIII-era program record set last season). He has produced 85 shots and 39 points.
Green's 36 goals the last two seasons are the most by a SCAC player over a two-year span since Chris Quinn of Trinity had 39 combined in 2003 and 2004.
With the postseason remaining, Green is on pace to become the first student-athlete to lead the league in scoring in back-to-back seasons since Johnny Lawson of Trinity accomplished the feat in 2013 and 2014.
A two-time SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Week during the season, Green had five game-winning goals (also tops in the conference) and posted three hat-tricks, including one in a non-conference, 3-2, win over Colorado College on Sept. 20 and another in a Nov. 1, 6-1 conference victory at Centenary.
Green's selection as SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year marks the first time a player has won the award in each of his first two seasons in the league.
Long, with Green, helped TLU to the No. 2 seed in this weekend's SCAC Men's Soccer Championship in San Antonio. Long and the Bulldogs have an overall record of 13-5 and a conference mark of 7-2.
Long, a midfielder and defender, has been a huge part of the Bulldogs' success. He has played in 16 games and made 15 starts. He has delivered three assists.
Long had an assist in the Bulldogs' 2-0 home win over Johnson & Wales – Denver and TLU's 4-1 home win over Austin College.
Long is a native of Round Rock, Texas.
The Division II and III CoSIDA Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA CoSIDA Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA national office.
For more information about CoSIDA's Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com on CoSIDA.com.
Academic All-District First Team
NCAA DIVISION III – DISTRICT 8 (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, KS, LA, MT, ND, NE)
(NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY, Canada)
Pos. Name School GPA Yr. Major
GK Jacob Mays Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 4.00 So. Biophysics
D James Allison UC Santa Cruz 3.96 Sr. Molecular & Cell Developmental Biology
D Justin Howe Cornell College 4.00 So. Engineering
D Mitchell Long Texas Lutheran University 4.00 Jr. Exercise Science
D Scott Penner Whitworth University 4.00 Jr. Biology
D Eric Smith LeTourneau University 3.98 Jr. Civil Engineering
M Tyler Childs University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 4.00 Jr. Biology
M Xander Spurlock Austin College 4.00 So. Economics
M Theo Yang Caltech 3.96 Sr. Chemical Engineering
F Mark Broderick Loras College 3.53 Sr. Finance
F Luis Green Texas Lutheran University 3.52 So. Business Finance
F Jasper Yang Grinnell College 3.91 Jr. Biology