It was announced earlier today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) that senior defender Ben Thompson of the Redlands men's soccer team landed on the 2017 Academic All-District Team for exceeding the minimum GPA requirement as a major contributor on the field. Thompson joins an elite group of 11 NCAA Division III players from District 8 as the only recipient from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).
Thompson played a significant role in the Bulldogs' fourth-consecutive, SCIAC regular-season title and 14-4-2 overall record during the 2017 season. He started all 20 games for a defensive unit that earned a goals-against average of 0.92.
In his four-year career with the Maroon and Gray, he dished out five assists and scored eight goals, five of which served as game-winners. This season, he notched two critical goals, one at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges as the come-from-behind, game-winner, and the other as Redlands' only goal in a 1-1 tie at Cal Lutheran.
This two-time All-SCIAC First-Teamer also excels in the classroom as a three-time Redlands Scholar-Athlete and member of the SCIAC All-Academic Team. He also garnered a spot on last year's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West Region Team.
Thompson is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration, which will be announced in December.
To view the complete list of CoSIDA Academic All-District men's soccer honorees, please visit the CoSIDA website.
-- Courtesy of Redlands Sports Information --