Eight members of the Nebraska Wesleyan University men’s soccer team were named to the 2008 Great Plains Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer All-Conference team that was announced Thursday (Nov. 6). Freshman Jordan Green was selected as Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Joining Green on the All-GPAC First Team was goalkeeper Josh Miller and defender Jess Pieper. Midfielders Seth Neben and Brad Fullerton were All-GPAC Second-Team selections, while Blake Gordon, Adam Benson and Tim Pavelka received honorable mention.
Green (Lincoln, Neb.) was the top-scoring player in the GPAC this season with 15 goals and 34 total points. Green had five game-winning goals in the season and was named Player-of-the-Week twice. His 15 goals is the 7th highest single season total in NWU history.
Miller (Rapid City, S.D.) earns First-Team All-GPAC for the second straight season. He allowed just 0.86 goals per game, which was the best average in the GPAC. He had eight shutouts in 12 games in GPAC play and allowed only seven goals all year in conference play. He is now third all-time at NWU with 17 career shutouts.
Pieper (Lincoln, Neb.) also earned First-Team All-GPAC for the second straight season. Pieper was a key member of the NWU defense that allowed only eight goals during GPAC play. He started 16 games as a junior.
Neben (Lincoln, Neb.) led NWU with six assists on the year and was a big part of the offensive attack. He also had two goals to finish with 10 points on the season.
Fullerton (Lincoln, Neb.) was one of NWU’s hottest offensive players at the end of the year. He ended the year with seven goals to rank second on the team. The sophomore also was a GPAC Player of the Week during the year.
Gordon (Lincoln, Neb.) started 17 games for the Prairie Wolves as a junior in 2008. He was a physical presence on the NWU defense.
Benson (York, Neb.) played in all 18 games as a defender for NWU to earn his first All-GPAC recognition. The junior also played in all 18 games in 2007.
Pavelka (Shawnee, Kan.) started every game for the Prairie Wolves as a senior. He scored a goal in the final game against Mt. Marty College.
Josh Moran from Hastings College joined Green as the GPAC Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Year, while Mark Nave from Hastings was the Defensive Player of the Year and Chris Krajc from Hastings was the Coach-of-the-Year.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 2008 season with a 12-6 overall record. The Prairie Wolves finished 9-3 in the GPAC to finish as runner-up for the second straight season.
NWU All-GPAC Performers
Jordan Green, F, Fr., Lincoln, Neb. (Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Year)
Jess Pieper, D, Jr., Lincoln, Neb.
Josh Miller, GK, Jr., Rapid City, S.D.
Brad Fullerton, MF, So., Lincoln, Neb.
Seth Neben, MF, Fr., Lincoln, Neb.
Adam Benson, D, Jr., York, Neb.
Blake Gordon, D, Jr., Lincoln, Neb.
Tim Pavelka, D, Sr., Shawnee, Kan.