Dan Kmetz Named Third Team All-American By National Soccer Coaches Association of America
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Calvin College junior midfielder Dan Kmetz has been named a Performance Subaru third team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The award was announced late Friday evening.
A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Kmetz is the first All-American in men’s soccer at Calvin since Kurt Visker was so honored in 2005. A graduate of Strongsville High School, Kmetz is the fifth individual in Calvin men’s soccer history to earn All-America honors, joining Casey TerHaar (1962), Doug DeSmit (1983), Joey Barone (1991) and Visker (2004 & 2005) to have been so honored.
A midfielder, Kmetz was a first team All-MIAA selection this fall. During the 2009 season, he was credited with four goals, five assists and 13 points.
Three of his four goals were game-winners including a score in a 2-1 regular season win over Wheaton (IL) and a score in the closing minutes of a 3-2 win at Trine that kept Calvin’s MIAA title hopes alive during the final week of the regular season.
At the NCAA III Final Four this past weekend, Kmetz was named to the all-tournament team. Kmetz helped Calvin earn national runner-up honors this year as the Knights went 18-5-3 overall, reaching the national title game for the first time in school history. He also helped the Calvin men’s soccer team capture its third consecutive outright MIAA title with the Knights finishing 10-3-1 in league play.
Calvin has now had five of its athletes receive All-America status this fall as Emily Ottenhoff was a second team All-American in women’s soccer, Rebecca Kamp (first team) and Kelsey Sears (third team) were All-Americans in volleyball and Jessica Koster an All-American in women’s cross country.
Calvin Men’s Soccer All-Americans
1962 Casey TerHaar
1983 Doug DeSmit
1991 Joey Barone
2004 Kurt Visker
2005 Kurt Visker
2009 Dan Kmetz