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CofC M. Soccer Earns Four All-CAA Honors

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          Release: 11/14/2013
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – In its first season of Colonial Athletic Association competition, the College of Charleston men’s soccer team earned four all-conference honors as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Senior Tam McGowan (Glasgow, Scotland) was nominated to the second team while fellow senior Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Netherlands) was named to the third team.

Connor Coons (Alpharetta, Ga.), also a senior, was named to the all-academic team, and freshman Xavier Rajpaul (Port of Spain, Trinidad) represented the Cougars on the all-rookie time.

McGowan and Coons were the rock of the Cougar defensive line and were rarely seen off the field during their senior campaigns. Both started in all 16 matches, and averaged around 89 minutes per contest.

The pair was instrumental in organizing the Cougar backline and also instrumental to the eleventh-hour defending when called upon.

For Heemskerk, an eight-week back injury interrupted his senior season, but didn’t prevent him from impressing the league’s coaches, most of whom saw him in action for the first time. He finished the season with a 3-3-0 record in six starts and a 1.27 goals-against average. He maintained a .816 save percentage through 495 minutes of work.

While sidelined due to the injury, Heemskerk’s leadership was critical to CofC’s young goalkeeping corps which ended the season leading the CAA in saves.

Rajpaul gleamed in his collegiate debut and served as a sparkplug for the Cougar offensive attack. He led the team in goals with four and also paced the squad with a team-high 26 shot attempts. He registered over 1,000 minutes in a freshman season which suggested a highly-influential remaining career with the Cougars.

To see the complete All-CAA men’s soccer teams in addition to top honors, see the CAA’s release here.  

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