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Louzada and Erlandson earn All-Conference honors

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Crossroads League announced its 2017 Men’s Soccer All-conference honorees and among the list were junior Matheus Louzada and freshman Jake Erlandson.

In addition to earning First Team All-Conference accolades, Louzada was tabbed the best midfielder in the league as voted on by the Crossroads League coaches. This fall marks the first time the conference has awarded a Midfielder of the Year badge.

The Brazilian has established himself as one of the most dangerous scorers in the league as he wrapped up the season with a team-leading eight goals and eight assists for 24 points which lands him 4th among his conference peers in goals per game (.47), 2nd in assists per game (.47) and 3rd in points per game (1.41).

To date, Louzada has 16 career goals, seven of which were game-winners, to go along with 18 assists for 50 points.

“Matheus had an incredible season. He is one of those players who, at any given time, can create something special for his teammates and himself,” said Coach Lawson. “On the field he is a no nonsense player demanding the best from himself and his teammates which has been great to see develop in his game as well.

“Being named the league’s Midfielder of the Year is a deserving reward for the type of year he had. Matheus is all about winning and having this program playing at an elite level and I would say mission accomplished.”

Erlandson (Dayton Christian HS) was one of two defenders named Second Team All-Conference. As the center back, the rookie anchored a backline that gave up an average of one goal per night in league play and on the year, posted nine clean sheets, which included holding opponents scoreless over their last four contests.

The Waynesville (Ohio) native was also a threat offensively as he found back netting six times, second on the team in scoring only to Louzada. 

“We knew Jake was going to make a smooth transition to the collegiate game with his grit and fearlessness which has allowed his soccer ability and soccer IQ to compete at a very high level as a freshman,” said Lawson.

“He performed at an elite level this year and it is great to see one of our defenders being recognized for the body of work our defense did. Jake helped raise the bar this season with a phenomenal nine clean sheets and a goal against average of 0.81.”

The Foresters finished fourth in the CL standings with a 5-2-5 record and advanced to the semis of the tournament before falling to Spring Arbor University in a shootout. HU wrapped up the year with an overall record of 10-4-5.

“For the first time in a couple of decades we averaged 2.0 goals per game and posted double digit wins. Out of the 19 games played this year, we got 15 results which is a great accomplishment as well,” said Lawson.  

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 274 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.