11/17/19

(CLEVELAND) – Evan Gaffney and Javier Rodriguez, two members of the Truett McConnell University men’s soccer team, were named to the Appalachian Athletic Conference First Team, announced the league Friday.

“The coaching staff is happy to see Evan and Javier get recognized for their outstanding performances this season,” Head Coach Rob Miller said. “Evan has been an impact player for our program for four years at Truett. He has kept us in a lot games this year with some brilliant saves in crucial moments. Javier is one of the best all-around players in the league and played a key role offensively for us this season. This award is a testament to his consistency and excellent performance.”

Gaffney, TMU’s starting goalkeeper for the last four years, compiled a total of 85 saves throughout 16 games this season, which put him averaging 5.31 saves a game. Gaffney recorded his season high of eight saves four different times. The senior’s season total of 85 saves is the most in his career. Gaffney’s career total of saves is 295 with an overall record of 24-22, including nine shutouts.

Rodriguez, however, served as a major threat on the offensive end this season. Rodriguez scored 10 goals and was credited two assists throughout 16 games. The standout forward ranked in the top 30 nationally for shots per game (4.060) and in shots on goal per game (2.130). Rodriguez recorded a season high of two goals in a single game twice and shot 10 times, with five on target, in a single game. Rodriguez finished with a total of 65 shots and 34 shots on goal.

In addition, Ivan Serubiri was named to the All-AAC Champions of Character Team, while three more Bears earned spots on the All-Academic team; Trevor FickDean Khan and Clancy Loudermilk.