NMU soccer’s Hoof named All-America Scholar


By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University men’s soccer player Kevin Hoof was named a Second Team All-America Scholar in NCAA Division II by the United Soccer Coaches late last week.

The senior defender was also named to the USC NCAA D-II Men’s Scholar All-North-Central Region Team for the second consecutive season earlier in the week.

To be eligible for All-America selection, a student-athlete must be nominated by his head coach, have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors or contributions to the success of his team. His team also needs to be a United Soccer Coaches College Services member institution, be a junior or above in athletic standing at the current institution, and be in his second year at the current institution if a transfer student.

Hoof holds a 3.44 GPA in neuroscience.

This fall, Hoof helped NMU hold opponents to just 1.05 goals per game while also adding a goal and assist on offense en route to his First Team All-GLIAC honors.

Hoof helped the Wildcats produce six shutouts this season, including five consecutive to end September.

For the second straight season of their three-year history, the Wildcats set a number of records and reached program firsts.

That included finishing with a .500 overall record at 6-6-5 and matching last season’s win total.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.