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Golden Eagles' postseason run continues Friday
Lyon, Ciesiulka, Pothast advance to Academic All-America ballot
Golden Eagles will face Louisville on Saturday
Six players to be recognized on
2012: Two-year MU co-captain ... Has started every match at defensive midfield ... Tallied his third game-winning goal in four games, scoring 66 seconds into the match, in a 3-0 win over Western Illinois (Sept. 8) and added an assist ... Named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week on Sept. 10 ... Missed 10 minutes of match at Drake (Sept. 2) while getting seven stitches in his chin during halftime ... Scored his second consecutive game-winner with a header in the 40th minute to help defeat UIC 1-0 (Aug. 31) ... Credited with the assist on Sebastian Jansson's game-winning goal as time expired in the 3-2 season-opening win over Milwaukee (Sept. 24) ... Scored MU's game-winning goal in a 1-0 shutout over Green Bay (Sept. 26) ... Named to BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 27) as well as TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week and College Sports Madness BIG EAST Player of the Week ... College Sports Madness Preseason BIG EAST Second Team.
2011: BIG EAST All-Academic Team ... Co-captain ... Just the second sophomore captain ever under coach Louis Bennett; the other was MU assistant Steve Bode when Bode was a sophomore defender under Bennett at Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... One of the defensive anchors at center back alongside senior Michael Alfano ... Started and played in 18 of the team's 19 games as a sophomore ... Named to Milwaukee Panther Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Totaled four offensive points for the season on one goal and a pair of assists ... Scored his only goal of the season in a 1-1 draw at Wisconsin (Sept. 28) ... Assisted C. Nortey's game-winning goal in the 88th minute at Syracuse (Sept. 24), helping MU to a 3-2 comeback victory ... Tallied another assist in MU's 3-0 win at Seton Hall (Oct. 22).
2010 Season: Saw action in 14 games ... Tallied the most minutes of any freshman with 1,336 ... One of four freshmen to find the net in the 2010 season ... His four points from two goals placed him sixth on the team ... Was diagnosed with mononucleosis on Oct. 11 and missed five games ... Scored in his first game back to level the match at 2-2 in an eventual 3-2 overtime win over Seton Hall (Oct. 30)... Ranked as high as No. 25 on "College Players to Watch: Top 100 Freshmen" list by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... Scored his first collegiate goal in the first half of MU's 2-0 win over Wright State (Oct. 6) ... Named to the all-tournament team of the Marquette Invitational.
Prior to Marquette: NSCAA/adidas All-Midwest selection out of Lake Zurich High School under head coach Mike Schmitz ... Namd captain of the Daily Herald's Lake County All-Area Team ... Led Lake Zurich to the Class 3A State Runner-up showing as a senior ... Three-time all-conference and all-area honoree ... Named team MVP as a junior and as asenior ... A key component in the Bears' midfield, helped Lake Zurich to three consecutive titles in the North Shore Suburban Conference ... Helped Chicago Sockers FC reach the State Cup Finals under coach David Richardson.
Personal: Born October 19, 1991 ... Son of Ben and Lori Pothast ... His brother John also plays at MU ... Majoring in marketing.