Seven members of the Wright State men's soccer team have been selected to the preseason All-Horizon League teams as announced by College Sports Madness.
Bryce Rockwell-Ashton and Gustav Svensson were each named to the First Team and Justin Laird, Finlay Milne and Seth Petrey were chosen to the Second Team. Brett Elder was selected as the Freshman of the Year and Bryan Davis was named as the Coach of the Year.
Rockwell-Ashton (Fort Wayne, IN/South Side), a junior midfielder, was second on the squad in goals with five in 2011 and tied for the team lead with five assists as he was selected First Team All-Horizon League. He scored the game-winning goal at Marquette and Detroit and also had goals against Evansville, Xavier and Milwaukee. His five assists were versus Northeastern, Cleveland State, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Bowling Green.
Svensson (Lund, Sweden), a sophomore defender, was a key component of the Raider defense that recorded a 1.03 goals against average in 2011. Named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team, he also tallied the assist of the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Butler.
Laird (Milwaukee, WI/Hartford Union), a sophomore midfielder, was also named to the All-Newcomer Team as he led the Raiders with seven goals. He tallied both goals in a 2-1 win over Green Bay in the league semifinals and also had goals against IUPUI, Northeastern, Marquette, Cleveland State and Milwaukee. He also assisted the game-winning goal at Marquette on September 11.
Milne (Palmerston, New Zealand), a senior defender, also played a big part in the WSU defense last season while Petrey (Mason, OH/Mason), like Milne a senior defender, recorded an assist at Detroit and scored a goal versus Bowling Green.
Elder (Worthington, OH/Worthington Christian), a freshman forward, was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American as a senior at Worthington Christian and a two-time All-Midwest selection. The 2011 Ohio Division III Player of the Year, he was a three-time all-state honoree and was named the Central District Player of the Year as a junior and senior.
After scoring 34 goals as a sophomore and 33 as a junior, Elder tallied 36 goals and 11 assists as a senior, finishing his career with 108 goals. 18 of those goals and four of those assists came during the 2011 postseason as he led the Warriors to a final record of 18-4-1 and the Division III state title.
Davis, in his fourth season at the helm of the Raiders, directed Wright State to its first winning campaign since 2001 in 2011 as WSU finished 11-7-2. After being picked to finish last in the league's preseason poll, Davis led the team to a 5-2-1 league mark, good for a second-place tie. Wright State then advanced to the championship match of the Horizon League Tournament against Loyola before falling 1-0 in overtime.
Wright State, which was ranked #45 in the first week of the Top Drawer Soccer poll, opens the regular season with four straight away from home, starting with Marshall on Friday, August 24, at 7:00. The home opener for the Raiders will be on Saturday, September 8, against Robert Morris, also at 7:00.