KINGS POINT, N.Y. – On Thursday morning, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its Mid-Atlantic Regional squads for men's soccer and sophomore back Kurt Olsen (Charlotte, N.C.) of the United States Merchant Marine Academy was tabbed to the First Team for his stellar 2010 campaign.
Olsen, who also notched a spot on the All-Landmark Conference First Team and was named the Landmark Defensive Player of the Year, helped the Mariners secure 12 shutouts this year. Olsen was the center-back of a defensive unit that allowed just 12 goals during the regular season. The Charlotte, N.C. native started in all 21 games for Kings Point this year scoring four times and dishing out a pair of assists.
Olsen, who was the only sophomore named to any Mid-Atlantic Regional team, helped his team to the "Elite 8" round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament this year, which was the furthest any team in Academy history has ever gone. Olsen was directly responsible for sending Kings Point into the "Sweet 16" round as he netted the game-tying and game-winning goals. The Mariners, who finished with a No. 8 NSCAA national ranking, lost in the Elite 8 round to the eventual-national champions Messiah College.