Jovan Blagojevic among international line-up of All-Americans
Simon Fraser University senior striker Jovan Blagojevic has been named to the 2014 Daktronics/Division II men’s soccer All-America Second Team.
Players hailing from 11 different countries were named to the First and Second teams, including two Canadians: Blagojevic and defender Dominic Samuel.
Simon Fraser is Canada’s only university competing in the NCAA. The Clan was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Division II national tournament this year after advancing to the Final Four in 2013 and 2012.
Blagojevic registered the best season of his career in 2014, scoring 18 goals in 18 games, and led the Clan to their third consecutive national tournament appearance, and an 11-5-2 record. Blagojevic led the conference with seven game-winning goals.
Last month, Blagojevic was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and West Region Player of the Year.
Senior forward Ilija Ilic of Young Harris (Ga.) headlines the men’s soccer All-America First Team as the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year. Ilic, of Belgrade, Serbia, guided Young Harris to a 19-1-1 record. The Southeast Region Player of the Year ranks among the NCAA Division II leaders in goals (27) and points (67).
A total of 53 student athletes filled out the three teams and honourable mention selections. The University of Charleston, W.Va. and Mercyhurst (Pa.) University each placed three players on the First Team.
Sports information directors from NCAA Division II schools and conferences sponsoring men’s soccer selected the Daktronics All-America teams. The process begins at the regional level with all first team All-Region picks advancing to the national ballot. This is the ninth year Daktronics has sponsored the NCAA Division II men’s soccer All-America and All-Region teams.
For a look at the First and Second Team All-Americans: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2014/12/4/MSOC_1204145552.aspx