The three Crimson combined for 10 goals and five assists. (Photos: Penny Ashford)
KANSAS CITY – Three members of the Harvard men's soccer team have earned NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Region honors, the NSCAA announced on Dec. 10. Sophomore Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu was tabbed to the All-East Region Second Team, while junior co-captain Mark Ashby and classmate Tim Schmoll were named to the region's Third Team.
The laurels come on the heels of the program's most successful season since 2009, one which saw the Crimson finish 11-4-2 (4-1-2 Ivy). Harvard reeled off an eight-game win streak, eventually going 8-0-1 over the middle of the season into Ancient Eight play.
Wheeler-Omiunu had a breakout sophomore campaign, tallying seven points on two goals and three assists along the midfield line. Crucial to transitional play, the Bellingham, Massachusetts, native recorded his first career goal – a game winner – versus Manhattan on Sept. 21. He bookended the season with an assist on the game-winning marker in the 2014 finale, a 1-0 victory at Penn.
Ashby, the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Year, was the lynchpin on the Harvard back line, but provided a huge offensive spark for the Crimson as well. The Denton, Texas, scored his first career goal in the 4-1 over Hartford on his way to a three-goal junior campaign. In one of the more tense outings of the season, Harvard downed rival Yale with the only goal of the game coming off the foot of Ashby in the 66th minute.
Schmoll finished 2014 as the Crimson's leading scorer and a First Team All-Ivy nod. The junior from Coppet, Switzerland, racked up a team-best 12 points coming off five scores and two assists. Schmoll totaled a pair of game winners as one of the Ancient Eight's best set piece finishers and was 2-for-2 taking penalty kicks. His 33 shots and 20 shots on target both led the Crimson attack as well.