Sebastian Stihler named second team NAIA All-America

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Sebastian Stihler

Sebastian Stihler

Dec. 6, 2009

Kansas City, Mo. - Shorter College junior Sebastian Stihler has been named to the NAIA Men's Soccer All-America second team as announced by the NAIA over the weekend.

The third-year defenseman was named the Southern States Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year several weeks ago - Shorter's first men's soccer Player of the Year - and enjoyed a career season in 2009, helping the Hawks tie a school record with 12 wins.

With the recognition, Stihler becomes Shorter's second All-America honoree - former Hawks' standout Robert Whitnell earned honorable mention All-America accolades at the conclusion of the 2008 season.

"This honor caps off an outstanding season for Sebastian," said Shorter head men's soccer coach Josh Severns. "This is a special honor for him. He was instrumental to the team's success and these awards show just how important a role he played for us this season."

Stihler earned first team All-SSAC honors in 2009 for the second straight season after he scored a career-high 10 goals and dished out three assists from his position at center back. Stihler's 23 points ranked second on the Hawks' roster and he now has 13 goals for his career.

The Mannheim, Germany native scored multiple goals in a game on two different occasions and was devastatingly effective on free kick opportunities, scoring on four such chances during the season.

Stihler, a Sports Management major, was also honored as a 2009 Academic All-SSAC selection and was one of four Hawks to be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

"We are fortunate to have him for another season," said Severns. "Hopefully we can have more success with him as a senior next year."

Shorter College Men's Soccer
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