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Five Lions Named to Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Five Penn State Altoona men's soccer players earned spots on the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference's All-Conference Team, which was released on Tuesday morning.
Named Second Team All-Conference was sophomore defender Dylan Pickering (Washington Crossing, PA/Council Rock North). Pickering started all 17 games for the Lions and finished with one assist. His aggressive style of play and versatility was an asset to the team, and his ability to effectively move the ball and jump into the attack was an important part of Penn State Altoona's success.
Earning a spot on the Third Team at the forward position were sophomore Mike Robinson (Lansdale, PA/North Penn) and freshman Quinn Oyler (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg).
In his second year, Robinson picked up where he left off last season. In 17 starts, he led the Lions in goals (6), assists (5), and total points (17). Three of his goals were game-winners, a mark that ranked fourth-best in the conference. He led the team with 23 shots on goal and was second in total shots with 38. Penn State Altoona posted a 5-0 record in games that Robinson scored a goal.
Oyler appeared in 16 games in his first year with the team, making 14 starts and developing into one of his team's main offensive weapons. He tied for second on the squad with five goals scored and 13 total points, and he tied for third with three assists. Oyler's goals were important to his team in close games, evidenced by the fact that four of his five scores came in contests that were decided by one goal.
Junior Garrett Storm (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) was voted Third Team at the midfield position. Storm started all 17 games for Penn State Altoona, finishing with one goal scored and two assists. As one of the team's veteran players, he was a leader for the Lions. His high motor and willingness to battle for possession of the ball kept plays alive for his team, and his determination was a significant quality for the team's defense.
Freshman Brandon Moss (Springfield, NJ/Jonathan Dayton) earned the Third Team All-Conference goalkeeper spot. Moss started 14 games for Penn State Altoona, logging 1230:58 minutes in goal and posting a 7-6 record. He was fourth in the AMCC in save percentage (.787) and total saves (70), and his 1.39 goals against average ranked third. Moss posted four shutouts, the third-most in the conference.
To see the full 2012 AMCC All-Conference Men's Soccer Team, go to http://www.amcconf.org/msocallconf2012.htm online.
Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore defender Dylan Pickering was named Second Team All-AMCC on Tuesday.