USC Upstate junior defender Lukas Sommer was selected as the 2016 ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year this afternoon and is one of three unanimous selections to the All-Academic Team for his performance both on the soccer field and in the classroom this season, it was announced by the conference office.
Sommer, a native of Nordwalde, Germany, was an ASUN Preseason All-Conference selection this season. He started in all 13 games at the defender position and collected two points on one goal. Sommer scored his only goal of the season on a penalty kick attempt at Wofford, and was part of an Upstate defense that held opponents scoreless twice during the season including once in ASUN play after a 1-0 win over Jacksonville. The Spartans opened the season with a 1-0 win over Presbyterian College, marking the first season-opening shutout for the Spartans in the Division I era and first since the 2005 season.
Sommer is the second Upstate men’s soccer player in program history to be named ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining former Spartan Marvin Schmiege in 2014. He has a team-best 3.95 grade-point average and is majoring in business administration.
The ASUN All-Academic Team recognizes student-athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom. All members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average or better and participated in at least half of their team’s games.
2016 ASUN Conference All-Academic Team
Lukas Sommer, D, USC Upstate*
Milan Kovacs, MF, North Florida*
Paul Ladwig, GK, Stetson*
Miguel Jaime, MF, Florida Gulf Coast
Ignazio Muccilli, MF, Jacksonville
Scout Monteith, MF, Lipscomb
Logan Paynter, F, Lipscomb
Phillip Costa, D, NJIT
Stephen McGeever, MF, NJIT
Niklas Schuessler, D, North Florida
David Caulfield, D, Stetson
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Lukas Sommer, USC Upstate