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SSU Sports Release

Shawnee State men’s soccer placed three of its players on the Academic All-Ohio team.

This award takes into account a student-athlete’s contribution and athletic success on the field as well as their performance in the classroom. For the Bears, Thomas Carbonari, Jacob Hackworth and Kevin Copenhaver were each named second-team selections. For all three, it marked the first time in their playing careers that each received this honor.

Carbonari, a senior Business major at Shawnee State, was the Bears starting goalie for 15 games in 2013. He also started one game in the field. On the field, Carbonari was also selected an honorable mention NSCAA Scholar All-East Region representative. In his two years at Shawnee State, Carbonari set new school marks in both career goals against average (1.72) and career save percentage (.798). He posted six shutouts over his two years. He was also named the MSC Defensive Player of the Week once during each of his two years with the Bears. In the classroom, Carbonari was also named a Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athlete this past fall.

Hackworth, a senior majoring in Athletic Training, was one of four players that started each game for the Bears in 2013. In addition to starting on the Bears defense, Hackworth scored one goal and assisted on four other goals during the season. With his four years at SSU complete, Hackworth will graduate with 71 career games played during that time. This mark ranks second all-time in program history. He also ranks ninth in program history with 75 career shots and 30 career shots on goal. In the classroom, the 2012 MSC Champions of Character recipient was also named to the MSC All-Academic team this past fall.

Copenhaver, a junior majoring in Exercise Science, played in 17 games for the Bears in 2013 and made four starts in the midfield. He scored his only goal of the season in the win against Georgetown while also tallying three assists over the season. Two of those helpers came in the victory against Ohio Mid-Western. He took a total of 10 shots and put five of those attempts on goal. In addition to his Academic All-MSC honor, Copenhaver was the lone SSU player to be named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete this past fall.

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