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Five Men's Soccer Players Honored by MIAA

Five Men's Soccer Players Honored by MIAA

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Four players on the Kalamazoo College men's soccer team were recognized as All-MIAA performers on Friday afternoon. In addition, Matt Turton was announced as the recipient of the Dr. Marvin Zuidema Award. 

The Hornets had two members on both the First Team and Second Team as Ben Meschke and Mikey Schwartz were named to the First Team and Nick Kraeuter and Alex Wallace to the Second Team. 

Meschke, a forward from Williamston, Mich. (Okemos HS), led the Hornets in scoring for the second straight season. After scoring four goals last year, the junior jumped his total to 13 this season which are tied for the most in the MIAA heading into the conference tournament. Meschke has also added one assist to his point total to take it to 27 for the year. Of his 13 goals, six are of the game-winning variety which is the most in the league. 

Schwartz, a defender from Plymouth, Mich. (Salem HS), has played a pivotal role in the Kalamazoo defense this season. The junior has played in seven contests that the Hornets have kept a clean sheet in this year. Schwartz has even had one shot on goal this season as a defender as he has kept the pressure on opponents in multiple ways. This marks the second straight season that Schwartz has been recognized by the MIAA as he was a member of the Second Team last year. 

Kraeuter is one of two seniors on the Kalamazoo roster this season. The midfielder from Jackson, Mich. (Jackson HS) has now been a part of the All-MIAA Second Team for three straight seasons. He tied his career-high in goals in a season with two as he scored in matches against Lourdes and Olivet. Kraeuter set career-highs in shots (26) and shots on goal (13) as he served as an offensive threat from the middle of the field for the Hornets. 

Wallace, a sophomore from Davie, Fla. (American Heritage Plantation HS), assisted Schwartz and the rest of the Hornet backline as a consistent defensive force. He played in all eight of Kalamazoo's shutouts throughout the season. Wallace tallied one goal on the season and also assisted on three scoring plays to give him five points. His lone goal this year was a game-winning goal in Kalamazoo's 1-0 victory over Trine. Four of Wallace's five points occurred during MIAA play. 

Turton, the second senior for the Hornets, was honored with the Dr. Marvin Zuidema Award. This award is presented to a senior in the MIAA for his contributions to team play, leadership qualities, demonstration of ethical virtues, and excellence in athletics and academics. The defender found the back of the net for the first time in his Kalamazoo career this season and it ended up as the game-winning goal against Manchester. 

"Congratulations to all of our All-MIAA honorees," said Coach Lumumba Shabazz. "I am immensely proud of these young men because they have worked very hard to place themselves in the position to be recognized for their efforts. This recognition serves as a visible sign of their own personal achievement, as well as the platform provided for them by their own teammates. Of course, there are always quite a few others who deserve many of the same accolades and I truly wish I had an award for every one of them."

The Hornets will continue their season on Saturday, Nov. 2 when they host Trine University at MacKenzie Field during the first round of the MIAA Tournament. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.