The Appalachian State University men’s soccer program tacked on two academic awards that were handed out by the National Soccer Coaches
Association of America (NSCAA) for the all-South region team, announced on Wednesday.
Representing the Mountaineers were first team selection and senior defender Harrison Delbridge (Raleigh, N.C./Needham Broughton) and also second team selection and junior striker Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley). Delbridge holds a 3.6 GPA in advertising while Broaden has equally earned a 3.6 GPA while majoring in exercise science.
“It’s a great thing for our program to have Harrison and Stanley get recognized and rewarded for their hard work off the field,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “We put an importance on academics and its great to have both of those guys represent our program so well in that department.”
Delbridge earned first team academic honors and started on defense for Appalachian and was the focal point of a tough backline for the Mountaineers. The Raleigh, N.C. native also provided an offensive boost scoring three goals, including the game-winner against Wofford off of a free kick. The win over Wofford was the Terriers’ only regular-season loss in conference play for the eventual regular-season Southern Conference champions.
Broaden earned second team academic honors and paced the Mountaineers offense leading the team in goals and tying for the team lead in assists. The junior netted five goals and tallied four assists to lead the Apps with 14 points in 2013. On his birthday earlier in the season, the two-sport athlete netted two goals on the road at ETSU with the second proving to be a golden goal with 33 seconds left in the second overtime period to lift the Mountaineers to victory.