SEWANEE, Tenn. - The 2017 edition of the Sewanee men's soccer program saw some improvements: earning the highest seed in the SAA Tournament, a win against a rival in program history and finishing with a .500 record or better for the first time since 2013.
The Tigers captured the three-seed in the SAA Tournament, the highest seed for the program in the SAA-era. Finishing with an 8-8 record, the .500 record matches the 8-8-2 mark the team finished with in 2013.
Leading the offensive charge is Kyle Johnston, who scored eight of the team's 21 goals a year ago. Finishing fifth in the league in goals scored, the junior has tallied 16 goals and 38 total points in his career. He netted the game winner in three contests this past season, at Methodist on Sept. 10, Berry on Oct. 1 and Hendrix on Oct. 13, all 1-0 results.
Alpo Sipilä, who was a corner kick specialist, assisted on six goals this season. In Sewanee's 4-2 win at Huntingdon on Sept. 26, the sophomore assisted on two of the four goals.
In goal, Will Merriman had five clean sheets, second-most in the SAA. The junior spent 1,336 minutes in goal, and posted an 8-8 record.
Memorable Match | Sewanee vs. Berry, October 1
Originally scheduled for Sept. 23, the teams played 54 minutes before a 1:45 weather delay that involved lightning. After the lengthy delay, the match was declared a "No Contest" because the match did not make 70 minutes.
After the teams rescheduled the match for Oct. 1, the Tigers blanked the Vikings, 1-0, on a 21st minute goal by Kyle Johnston. Despite Berry taking 14 shots, 10 in the second half, the Sewanee defense kept the visitors off the board, as the Tigers earned their first win over the Vikings in nine meetings.
Southern Athletic Association
SAA Player of the Week
Oct. 2 - Kyle Johnston (Offensive)
SAA Sportsmanship Team
SAA Academic Honor Roll