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Duo collects Scholar All-Region accolades; Roth tabbed Scholar All-America

December 8, 2017 at 3:07 pm
Brandon Hilliard (left) and Mark Roth
Brandon Hilliard (left) and Mark Roth
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

UNITED SOCCER COACHES SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
UNITED SOCCER COACHES SCHOLAR ALL-NORTH/CENTRAL REGION TEAMS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Highlighting strong performances both in the classroom and on the field, Carleton College men’s soccer players Mark Roth (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) and Brandon Hilliard (Sr./Anoka, Minn./Totino Grace) were named to the United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division III Men's Scholar All-North/Central Region Team. Roth was also tabbed to the Scholar All-America squad.

To be eligible for selection to the Scholar All-Region and All-America teams, a student-athlete must meet the following criteria:
• be a junior or above in academic standing at his current institution
• possess at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
• start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors (i.e., all-conference) or contributions to the success of his team.
• play for a current USC member institution.

Roth owns a 3.59 cumulative GPA as a Computer Science major and was previously voted to both the All-MIAC and USC All-Region squads. He adds First-Team Scholar All-Region and Third-Team Scholar All-America accolades to his résumé.

Hilliard has posted a 3.72 cumulative GPA as a Chemistry major with a Biochemistry minor. Like Roth, he was also both all-conference and All-Region and now collects Second-Team Scholar All-Region recognition.

Over the last 11 years, Carleton men’s players have garnered a total of 28 Scholar All-America and Scholar All-Region awards.

For the USC scholar awards, the North/Central Region includes schools across eight states: Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. This year, six MIAC men’s players collected Scholar All-Region status, and Roth was one of two conference players to be tabbed as Scholar All-America.

Hilliard and Roth both played crucial roles on the Carleton defense that led all MIAC squads with 11 shutouts during the regular season, the program’s highest total since 2012. The Knights limited the opposition to a 0.595 goals against average during the regular season, the 20th-lowest figure in Division III.

Hilliard posted a 0.657 goals against average during the regular season, a figure that ranked second-best in the MIAC and 39th nationally. Additionally, he finished third in the MIAC with six shutouts.

Among NCAA D-III goalkeepers that were active this season, Hilliard ranked 28th with 18 career shutouts, 31st with a 0.854 career goals against average, and 38th with a .812 career save percentage. He cemented his place in Carleton’s record book as he concluded his time with the Knights second in career shutouts, fourth in career goals against average, and fifth with 23 career wins.

Roth impacted play for the Knights on both ends of the pitch. He tied for the team lead with four assists and paced the Knights in minutes played (1,684) from his outside back position.

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