The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association has announced the Academic All-Ohio Teams for the 2013 season, and the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team is well represented. No fewer than six Falcons were named to the Academic All-Ohio Second Team. The list of BGSU honorees includes seniors Ryan Comiskey, Anthony Grant, Brandon Silva and Michael Wiest and sophomores Jake Genrich and Ryan James.
BGSU's total of six players named to the team was the highest of any institution. Akron, Dayton and Ohio State each had four players chosen to the team, while Cleveland State and Wright State had two apiece and Cincinnati one.
Comiskey, a native of Grantville, Pa., was named to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team as a senior, and also earned Academic All-MAC First-Team honors. He played in 18 of the Falcons' 19 matches in 2013, making four starts, and led the team in scoring. Comiskey had six goals and 13 points on the year, and ended his career with a bang, scoring two goals in each of his final two career matches. Comiskey ended his career with totals of 12 goals, four assists and 28 points in 67 matches as a Falcon. An early childhood education major at BGSU, he had a cumulative grade-point average of 3.696 at the time of nomination.
Grant, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, played in all 19 of BGSU's matches in his senior year, making 15 starts. He finished second on the Falcons in goals, assists and points, with 11 total points on three goals and four helpers. Grant led the team with 66 total shots and 31 shots on goal, and tied for the BG lead with two game-winning goals. Grant scored a 'Golden Goal' in BGSU's overtime victory over Northern Illinois in MAC play. In two years with the Falcons, Grant had 31 points in 39 matches, on 12 goals and seven assists. Seven of those 12 goals were game-winning goals. In the classroom, Grant is a geography major, and had a cumulative GPA of 3.590 at the time of nomination.
Silva, who hails from Columbus, Ohio, earned a veritable plethora of awards during his BGSU tenure. A three-year captain, he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team after earning all-district first-team honors. Silva was named to the Academic All-MAC First Team as well. One of three Falcons to start all 19 matches in 2013, he played all but 20 of the team's 1,866 minutes on the season. Silva had a total of six points on two goals and a pair of assists. In his BGSU career, Silva played a total of 74 games, recording 17 points on six goals and five assists. He missed just one match (due to injury) during his four years. Silva is currently in graduate school at BGSU as a kinesiology major. He graduated from the University in May of 2013, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. He also had a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA during his undergraduate career.
Wiest, a native of Naperville, Ill., was an All-MAC Second-Team selection, and also was chosen to the Academic All-MAC First Team. A tri-captain in 2013, Wiest played every second of every match for the second consecutive year. He had eight shutouts, the highest total by a BGSU goalkeeper since 1998, and also had 75 saves, a goals-against average of just 0.82 and a saves percentage of .815. Wiest led the MAC in saves pct., and tied for the league lead in shutouts, while ranking among the MAC's top-three 'keepers in four other categories. In his career, Wiest had 21 shutouts, along with a GAA of 0.98 and a saves pct., of .804. Wiest, a physical education teacher education major at BGSU, had a cumulative GPA of 3.500 at the time of nomination.
Genrich, from Plymouth, Mich., played in all 19 matches, making 18 starts at a center-back position for the Falcons. He played a total of 1,738 minutes on the year, helping the Brown and Orange post eight shutouts, the team's highest total since 1998. Genrich, who was named to the Academic All-MAC Second Team, played every minute of the match on 13 occasions, including in each of the last eight games of the year. In his first two years with the Falcons, he has played in all 39 BGSU matches, starting 38, and has helped the team post 15 shutouts in that time. Genrich, a business administration major, had a cumulative GPA of 3.607 at the time of nomination.
James, from Mississauga, Ontario, played in all 19 of BGSU's 2013 matches, starting 16. He had a total of four points on a goal and a pair of assists. James played at least 70 minutes in each of 11 different matches for the Falcons in 2013. James, who was earned Academic All-MAC honorable mention, has played in all 39 of BGSU's matches since his arrival on campus, making 29 starts. He has 14 career points on five goals and four assists. An exercise science major at BGSU, James had a cumulative GPA of 3.586 at the time of nomination for the OCSA Academic All-Ohio Team.
The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association is one of the oldest and most prestigious college soccer associations in the nation. The OCSA represents all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) divisions, all National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) divisions and all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) divisions in the state of Ohio.