AUSTIN, Texas. – Simon Fraser University senior goalkeeper Brandon Watson from the men’s soccer program was today named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American Division II soccer team.
Watson earned third-team honours after registering nine shutouts and finishing his career with a GNAC record 31 career clean sheets. As a kinesiology major, Watson earned a 4.14 cumulative GPA for his first Academic All-American honour. The senior from Victoria was sixth in Division II this season in goals against average with a .589 mark. He also has the second-best career goals against average in conference matches in GNAC history.
The honours and awards have been pouring in for Watson. Last week he was named to the 2016 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Men’s Soccer All-West Region Second Team after being named Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team and to the GNAC All-Academic Team. Watson was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for District 8.
Simon Fraser finished the year 14-1-3 and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the NCAA national polls. The Clan entered the NCAA Division II Championships as the third-ranked team and the No. 1 seed in the West Region, but was upset by Cal Poly Pomona, 0-0, in the Second Round, losing 4-3 in penalty kicks and to an end its season.
Nominated by and voted upon by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Academic All-America program recognizes student-athletes of sophomore standing or better who are starters or significant reserves for their team with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better. Academic All-American selections are chosen from honourees on the Academic All-District teams.