ATLANTA, Ga. – The SAA announced the 2016 Men's Soccer All-Conference award winners and, after exclusive voting conducted by the league's head coaches, Topher Marshall of Oglethorpe captured Offensive Player of the Year. His Stormy Petrel teammate, Micah Akin, secured Defensive Player of the Year and Tore Schutt of Millsaps collected Newcomer of the Year. Jon Akin of Oglethorpe was named SAA Coach of the Year by his peers for the third time in five seasons.
The 2015 SAA Newcomer of the Year, Oglethorpe's Topher Marshall (pictured at right) upped the ante in 2016 on his way to capturing the distinction of Offensive Player of the Year. Statistically, Marshall ranked in the top 10 of several categories including goals, points scored, and shots on goal. A constant presence, Marshall lead the league in shots fired and cemented his status as the league's top offensive threat by demonstrating a flair for the dramatic with two game-winning goals, including a golden goal in overtime to defeat Centre.
A senior defender from Roswell, Ga., Micah Akin was the captain of a defensive unit that allowed the fewest goals in SAA contests (6) and accumulated a league-best .778 goals allowed average. Akin achieved All-Conference First Team status as both a sophomore and a junior before earning the nod as the league's top defender in 2016. Akin's ability to organize the defensive and neutralize opposing attacks has been a stamp on a career that began as an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection following his freshman campaign.
A freshman midfielder hailing from Germany, Tore Schutt enjoyed a breakout first-year campaign for a Majors squad that finished second in the league standing in 2016. Schutt displayed a variety of well-honed skills for a freshman, netting 10 goals and dishing 5 assists on the season. Explosiveness was a key to Schutt's game as twice he netted game-winners for the Majors in games where he tallied two goals – the first a late goal to defeat Rhodes 3-2, and the second coming in Millsaps' big SAA quarterfinal win over Berry.
Jon Akin has been guiding the Stormy Petrels men's soccer program for the past 14 seasons and notched Oglethorpe's second consecutive SAA regular season crown in 2016 with a 6-0-1 mark in league play. He led Oglethorpe to the 2013 SAA Championship and has compiled a 127-103-20 mark in his 14 seasons on the sideline. Akin was star at Saint Leo University where he earned All-America honors and finished as the school's second all-time goal scorer and first all-time assist leader.