GOSHEN, Ind. – Three Goshen College men's soccer student-athletes were selected 2011-12 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District for the College Division of District 3.
Seniors Jan Dohnal (Hluk, Czech Republic), Greg Thiessen (Austin, Texas), and Ryan Troyer (Fredericksburg, Ohio) are the first Goshen College student-athletes to receive the prestigious recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) in the past ten years.
Three of the 12 student-athletes on the District 3 list, Dohnal, Troyer, and Thiessen will now move to the national ballot where they will be eligible to be named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team.
The College Division of District 3 is comprised of NAIA, Canadian institutions, and two-year colleges from Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-District Team, a student-athlete must be nominated by his sports information director as a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
The last and only Goshen College student-athlete to be picked as an Academic All-American was Mark Schloneger in baseball in 1997.
Jan Dohnal (Pre-Law) – In just two seasons as a Maple Leaf, Dohnal has racked up 13 goals and has been named to the All Mid-Central College Conference First Team twice. After studying in his native Czech Republic, he earned an opportunity (and full academic scholarship) to participate in an international exchange program for pre-law students allowing him to come to the United States.
Ryan Troyer (Computer Science) - From the moment he first stepped on the Goshen College pitch four years ago, Troyer was a mainstay in between the pipes for the Maple Leafs. He has ammassed a total of 15 shutouts, 297 saves and a 1.29 career goals against average. In 2011, he posted four shutouts and was fifth in the nation (NAIA) with 134 saves. He has also been a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete honoree.
Greg Thiessen (Physics/ Biology) - A two-year captain for the Maple Leafs, Thiessen has 10 career goals and 15 career assists. He led the 2011 team with seven assists and has twice earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. Thiessen was one of 10 students selected for prestigious Maple Scholars program spending a summer working on a project about the physiology and genomics of ethanol-induced stress in honeybees.