BETHANY’S ESTERBAUER NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College junior Sean Esterbauer (Toronto, Canada/Thornlea) has been voted First Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II in men’s soccer by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced Thursday.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director. All Division II, III and NAIA institutions in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia make up District II.

Esterbauer was the leading scorer for a Bison team that posted a 12-6-1 record, was regionally ranked earlier this season for the first time since 2001 and reached the PAC Tournament semifinals. He started 11 of the 16 games he played in and accumulated 14 points on six goals and two assists. Among his six goals, which tied him for seventh in the PAC, were four game-winning scores, which was good for third in the conference.

In the classroom, Esterbauer has a GPA higher than 3.8 as a Communications/Public Relations major. He is a member of the International Students Association.

“Sean has been a standout offensively for us this season,” said Bison Head Coach Kosmas Mouratidis. “He has done an outstanding job of providing leadership on and off the field. Sean encompasses all the qualities we look for in a student-athlete and is the type of person we try to recruit for the Bethany soccer program.”