Dec. 20, 2013
GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer player Lawson Crider has been named to the first team of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire Men’s Junior College Division I All-America and All-North Region teams, the first time any Sandburg player has received either honor.
A freshman from Mayfield, Ky., Crider shattered the Sandburg record book, setting school records for goals (23), assists (11) and points (57) in a season. His totals in those categories also were tied for sixth, tied for 27th and fifth overall, respectively, in the nation this fall. Crider, who has committed to play next season at Alabama-Birmingham, led the Chargers with 28 shots on goal and five game-winning goals. He also scored in 14 of Sandburg’s 20 matches and had eight multi-goal games. Three of his multi-goal games were hat tricks, including a school-record four goals in the Chargers’ win Aug. 26 at Emmaus Bible College.
Crider’s play helped Sandburg finish with a 15-5 record, its best season in program history. The Chargers also claimed their first Region IV Champions Division title with a 6-1 record, won their first-ever postseason contest and advanced to the semifinals of the Region IV tournament.
“This is an incredible and well deserved honor for Lawson,” Sandburg coach Kokou Kaho said. “To be named among the best players in the country is great for him and great for our program. Our team was able to make a huge step forward this season, and Lawson was a big reason why. When he played well, our team played well.”