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Kurt Olsen Named to All-Landmark Conference First-Team

KINGS POINT, N.Y. -- Kurt Olsen (Charlotte, N.C.), senior captain of the United States Merchant Marine Academy soccer team, who played in and started more games than any other Mariner over the past four seasons, was named to his third consecutive All-Conference team.

Olsen was a standout for Merchant Marine from the moment he stepped on the pitch for Kings Point in the fall of 2009.  Since then, he started in 69 of the Mariners' 73 games between 2009 and 2011; helping USMMA compile an overall record of 46-21-6.  Over that time frame, he played a key role in advancing Kings Point to three straight NCAA tournaments, including an "Elite 8" appearance.

In his four years leading the Kings Point defense, Olsen recorded thirteen goals, five assists, and 31 points.  He was recognized as Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year twice, was twice named All-Region, and received First Team All-Conference honors on three separate occasions.

Two of his biggest goals for the Mariners came in the 2010 NCAA tournament versus Brockport State.  Olsen tied the contest in the final minute of regulation on a penalty kick and later won the game in overtime on a diving header goal which propelled the Mariners into the "Elite 8."

"Kurt Olsen is one of the top players in the history of Kings Point soccer," said Head Coach Michael Smolens.  "He stepped into a huge role immediately for us as a freshman, and led our team to a number of tremendous victories during his four years here.  While we were disappointed that his injury ended his career too soon, we recognize all the hard work he put in to make him such a outstanding player."

Olsen's USMMA soccer career ended on an emotional note as he walked off the field one last time after starting this season's final game against Susquehanna University despite being injured earlier in the year.  The Mariners sent the kickoff his way and he booted the ball out of bounds.  He left the match as the Kings Point faithful gave Olsen one final send off with a standing ovation.