CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's soccer team racked up five United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region selections on Monday afternoon.
Four of the five Maroons came from the defensive unit. UChicago totaled 10 shutouts in 19 games played, only allowing 0.68 goals per game.
Goalkeeper Aaron Katsimpalis became a two-time All-Region honoree with his First Team accolade. He was Second Team All-Region after the 2018 season. The junior started all 19 games and played every minute for the Maroons, while recording a 0.64 goals against average and an .849 save percentage. Katsimpalis currently ranks No. 2 in school history with 24 career shutouts, No. 3 with a 0.69 goals against average and No. 6 in minutes played with 4,283.
Scott Lich was named All-Region for the second year in-a-row, achieving First Team this year and Second Team in 2018. In 19 starts at right back, he contributed three goals, including two game-winners. He was previously named University Athletic Association (UAA) Defensive Player of the Year in November.
Defenders Richard Gillespie and Isaiah Holquist were picked to the Second Team All-Region. A junior, Holquist started all 19 games primarily at left back, while also adding two assists offensively. First-year Gillespie started 16 games with two goals and two assists at center back – he was voted the UAA Rookie of the Year as well.
Midfielder Vicente Mateus garnered Second Team recognition. The sophomore led the Maroons in scoring with four goals and seven assists in 17 games played.