By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches (USC) has announced the 2017 Scholar All-Region teams recognizing those that excelled both on and off the pitch during the current season. Justin Niswonger and Chloe Brown of the Crusaders men's and women's soccer teams are representing Capital University on these lists.
Justin Niswonger, a senior goalkeeper for the Capital men's soccer team, was named to the USC Scholar All-Region First Team. An education major from Centerville, Ohio (Centerville HS), Niswonger helped the Crusaders to just their second appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in program history and its first win at the national tournament. Niswonger, an all-region pick by USC for purely his athletic ability as well, was a First Team All-OAC selection and was also crowned OAC Goaltender of the Year.
At season's end, Niswonger finished the 2017 campaign with a 1.11 goals-against average, .767 save percentage and a 12-8-2 overall record on the year. He and the Crusaders accumulated seven shutouts.
Niswonger is now a candidate to be selected as an Academic All-American by the United Soccer Coaches.
Senior defender Chloe Brown (Monclova, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) was named Scholar All-Region Third Team. The three-time All-OAC and two-time Academic All-OAC selection was an integral part of the Capital defense that helped the team to its 13th 10-win season over the last 14 years and another trip to the OAC Championship. Capital pitched four shutouts, while Brown scored one goal and two assists on the season.
The honor serves as the first such for both Brown and Niswonger.
Nominees must have a 3.30 cumulative grade point average or higher (on a 4.0 scale), start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors and team records.
Complete list of men's Scholar USC All-Region selections
Complete list of women's Scholar USC All-Region selections