San Antonio - Trinity junior Christian Sakshaug and senior Guy Harris were elected the respective 2017 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Offensive and Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Sakshaug and Harris were the top honorees among the 10 Tiger players who earned All-SCAC honors. Four players were named to each of the All-SCAC First and Second Teams, while two made the Honorable Mention Team.
This is the third season in a row that Sakshaug has been named to the All-SCAC First Team and he was also the league's Newcomer of the Year in 2015. He is one of only two players in SCAC history to earn the SCAC Tournament Offensive MVP award twice, joining former Tiger Johnny Lawson. Sakshaug led Trinity and the SCAC with nine assists this season, and was second on the team in both goals (10) and total points (29).
Harris led a defense that allowed just 17 total goals this season, recording 12 shutouts and posting a goals-against average of 0.74 for the year. Harris is a two-time All-SCAC honoree, as he was a Second Team selection last year.
Joining Harris and Sakshaug on the First Team is junior Austin Michaelis, who was last year's SCAC Offensive Player of the Year. Michaelis led the Tigers and the SCAC with 15 goals and five game-winners, and was also the top point-scorer in the league with 35.
Senior Daylon Gordon was an All-SCAC honoree for the third consecutive season, but this is his first time being elected as a First Team player. Gordon was named to the Second Team in 2015 and earned Honorable Mention recognition last year. He finished with six assists on the season, which was third on the team.
Seniors Kellen Reid and Cooper Fyfe were joined on the Second Team by sophomore Brady Johnston and first-year Jacob Hallenberger. All-SCAC Honorable Mention was bestowed upon sophomore Blake Lieberman and first-year Neil Verwillow.
Led by 27th-year Head Coach Paul McGinlay, the Tigers completed the season with a 21-2-0 record. After winning the SCAC Championship, Trinity began competition in its 16th consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament by hosting the first two rounds of action. The Tigers opened with a 5-1 win over the University of Texas-Tyler, then lost a hard-fought second round game 3-2 against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX).