ATLANTA (Nov. 30. 2018) – Southern Athletic Association (SAA) men's soccer student-athletes Topher Marshall of Oglethorpe and Alexander Garuba of Centre were named United Soccer Coaches All-Americans, Friday.
Marshall and Garuba were selected to the United Soccer Coaches Division III All-American Second-Team.
Garuba earned honors after netting 19 goals and totaling 42 points – both numbers second-most all-time in Centre men's soccer history.
The Atlanta native has been harboring hardware this season, being named USC All-South Atlantic Region First Team, Southern Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and All-SAA First Team.
Garuba, who earned multiple SAA Offensive Player of the Week awards this season, recorded six multi-goal matches, including a four-goal outburst at Hendrix. He becomes the program's first All-American since Ryan Garvey in 2012, but the first named by the coaches association (formerly National Soccer Coaches Association of America) since Adam Boyer in 2008.
Marshall garnered All-South Atlantic Region first team honors earlier this week, marking the third time in his career he's made a coaches' All-Region team. He also garnered his fourth straight All-SAA First-Team honor in 2018 and continued his run as the best midfielder in the conference.
He finished the season at 0.44 assists per game, putting him atop the league leaderboard in that stat. He also tied for first in the league with seven total assists. Both of those marks placed him sixth in the South Atlantic region. He finished fifth in the SAA in points per game (1.19) and shots per game (2.94), as well as finishing tied for fifth with three game-winning goals. He earned a spot on the SAA All-Tournament Team for his efforts in that event, which included a golden goal to beat Berry in the semifinal round. He also earned SAA Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 1.