Mon, Dec. 7, 2009 - [Men's Soccer]
Kansas City, Mo. - Saint Xavier University senior Ian Pickett (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) was one of just seven goalkeepers nationally to earn a spot on the 2009 NAIA Men's Soccer All-America Honorable Mention Team when the teams were announced by the national office over the weekend in conjunction with the 2009 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship. Pickett had a stellar year leading the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) in both total saves (108) and shutouts (10). The Cougar defense was tough as well this season behind Pickett with SXU leading the CCAC in goals against average (0.72) and goals allowed (14).
"This is a well-deserved honor for Ian and an exclamation point on a very nice collegiate career," said SXU men's soccer coach Ed Vucinic. "He was a leader for our team all season long and was a huge factor toward our success this fall. Ian has been a pleasure to coach and I wish him the best in his future endeavors."
Saint Xavier ended its 2009 season with a 13-5-1 overall record and finished second in the CCAC final standings with a 7-2-1 mark. The Cougars claimed the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and received a first-round bye before falling in the semifinals to No. 4 seed Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). The Tigers then went on to upset No. 1 seed Judson University (Ill.) and represented the conference at the 2009 NAIA Men's Soccer National Tournament.