The 2012 All-Independent Men’s Soccer teams were announced Thursday (Nov. 8) by the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) and Nebraska Wesleyan had nine players recognized. Junior Colby Twist was named the AD3I Offensive Player-of-the-Year for the second consecutive season, while juniors Kyle Jisa, Stephen Boakye, and Matt Woodman were also on the All-Independent First-Team. In addition, head coach Sean Steele was named AD3I Coach-of-the-Year.
AJ Johnson, Joe Platten, Wesley Smith, Nick Palacio and Zach Mergens were all chosen for the All-Independent Second-Team.
Twist (Omaha, Neb.) led Nebraska Wesleyan and all the independent schools with 14 goals scored on the season. He ranks 38th in all NCAA III in goals per game. For the third straight season he led the Prairie Wolves in points with 29 this season. He now ranks 6th all-time at Nebraska Wesleyan with 29 career goals.
Jisa (Lincoln, Neb.) earns his first All-Independent honor. Jisa was the AD3I Player-of-the-Week earlier this season and had four game-winning goals on the year.
Boakye (Columbus, Ohio) is All-AD3I for the first time as well. Boakye was second on the Prairie Wolves in points from his midfield position with 10 points. He scored four goals and had two assists in the 17 matches he played.
Woodman (Kearney, Neb.) was named All-Independent as a defender. Serving as a team captain, Woodman started all 18 games and had three goals on the season, including one game-winning goal.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 2012 season with a 8-7-3 overall record.
The Association of Division III Independents consists of 10 DIII independent institutions that have joined together to recognize student athletes at independent institutions, and to provide exempted postseason championship competition.