Whitnell named to NAIA All-American Honorable Mention team

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Robert Whitnell heads a ball in his four-goal performance over Berry College

Robert Whitnell heads a ball in his four-goal performance over Berry College

Dec. 7, 2008

Kansas City, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2008 Brine-NAIA Men's Soccer All-America Teams, as selected by the NAIA Men's Soccer All-America Selection Committee - and Shorter star Robert Whitnell was named to the Honorable Mention list. This is the first Shorter Hawk soccer player to receive such an honor.

Whitnell led Shorter in goals with an impressive 15, tacking on eight assists on the year. He was named the Southern States Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week four times this season, including a National Soccer Player of the Year honor on Sept. 22.

He scored a program-tying four games in a game against Berry College on Oct. 15, including the game winner for the team's first-ever victory against the cross-town rival.

This was one season with that will go down in the record books for the Hawks. Shorter won their first regular season conference title, and had first-time program wins over Berry, Lee University, Auburn-Montgomery and Southern Polytechnic. They peaked in the NAIA Top 25 standings mid-season reaching as high as No. 16. In addition to the honor for Whitnell, teammate Kyle Timberlake also received NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition earlier this week.

Shorter College Men's Soccer
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