Four Men’s Soccer Players Named All-Ohio Honorees

2016 Capital Men's Soccer (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
2016 Capital Men's Soccer (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) announced its 2016 All-Ohio awards on Tuesday afternoon. Capital Men's Soccer featured four players on the NCAA Division III All-Ohio Team, including two first team selections.

Complete NCAA Division III OCSA All-Ohio teams (.pdf)

Three teams of 11 student-athletes were selected to represent the best that Ohio collegiate soccer has to offer based on their 2016 performances.

Capital seniors Alexander Basiakos (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) and Jacob Pulliam (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) earned First Team All-Ohio honors and were two of just four representatives on the first team from the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC).

Basiakos, the reigning OAC Defensive Player of the Year, adds this first team honor to last year's third team accolade. He comes off of a year in which he scored five goals, second most on the team, and was part of a defense that allowed just 1.16 goals per game.

Pulliam is also a two-time All-Ohio selection after earning a spot on the second team last year. Following the 2016 season, the senior was named OAC Midfield of the Year and joined Basiakos on the All-Great Lakes Region Team. These laurels come off of a year in which he scored 12 points off of three goals and six assists.

Senior Cheyn Roux (Davidson, N.C.) and junior Justin Niswonger (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) became first-time All-Ohio award recipients. Roux was tabbed Second Team All-Ohio while Niswonger became a third team selection.

In 20 games, Roux scored a team-leading 10 goals which ranked him third in the OAC. The forward also added two assists for a total of 22 points, ranking him fifth in the conference. Three of his 10 goals served as game-winners. Roux tallied a hat trick against Wittenberg on Sept. 11 as part of a 6-1 win over the Tigers. He also scored goals in back-to-back games to end the month of October in a pair of 1-0 victories to end the regular season and grant the Crusaders a first-round OAC Tournament victory.

Niswonger served as a mainstay between the pipes for the Purple and White all season long, racking up a 13-3-2 overall record and 10 shutouts. By season's end, he sported a 1.05 goals-against average and 74.3 save percentage in 18 starts.s

This season marks the most All-Ohio selections in a single season in recorded Capital Men's Soccer history. The most previous to this year was three following the 2009 campaign.

The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association is one of the oldest and most prestigious college soccer associations in the nation. The OCSA represents all National Collegiate Athletic Association divisions (NCAA), all National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics divisions (NAIA) and all National Junior College Athletic Association divisions (NJCAA) in Ohio.