Dec. 11, 2009
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University senior defender Tim Ream was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) third-team All-American today. The honor comes a day after Ream, sophomore Mike Roach and freshman Alex Sweetin were named to the NSCAA's Mid Atlantic All-Region squad. Ream and Roach landed on the All-Region first team, while Sweetin was named to the third team.
Ream's All-American honor is the 75th in SLU men's soccer history. This also marks the fourth straight season that a Billiken has appeared on the NSCAA's All-America list. Calum Angus was named All-American following the 2007 and 2008 campaigns. It is also the seventh All-America honor earned by a SLU player since Dan Donigan was named head coach in 2001.
The 2009 Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Ream started all 22 games for the Billikens this season and contributed a career-high 17 points (6G, 5A) to rank second on the team. He notched two game winners, including a crucial tally late in the A-10 semifinal matchup against Rhode Island that vaulted the Billikens into the A-10 Championship game. Ream played in all but one game during his four-year Billiken career, totaling 82 games played and 68 starts. He ended his career with 24 career points (6G, 12A).He was named first-team All-Region (NSCAA) the last three seasons.
Roach, a second-team All-Conference selection, led the Billikens in scoring with 24 points (11G, 2A) despite missing five games due to injury. Among his tallies were game winners against Loyola, Florida International and Missouri State. Roach posted multiple-goal/assist games against Loyola Chicago (2G), Fordham (2G, 1A) and Rhode Island (1G, 1A). A transfer from Indiana, Roach's 11 goals are the most by a first-year Billiken since Vedad Ibisevic scored 18 times in 2003.
Sweetin was named the Atlantic 10 Conference's Rookie of the Year after leading the team with six assists and adding three goals for 12 points. Two of his goals came in the NCAA Tournament second round matchup against Tulsa. Sweetin started all 22 games and claimed A-10 Rookie of the Week honors earlier this year after scoring SLU's first goal against George Washington and assisting on the game winner against Richmond. Sweetin is one of just two freshmen on the 35-member All-Region squad.
The Billikens, who captured their first Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament title this season, finished 15-7-0 overall, the most wins since the 2002 and 2003 squads registered 15 victories. SLU made its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they topped Missouri State 2-1 in the first round but fell in overtime 4-3 at Tulsa in a thrilling second-round matchup.