2006 Men's Soccer Academic All-MAC Team Announced

GO HUSKIES Woerner leads the Huskies in assists on the year with seven
Woerner leads the Huskies in assists on the year with seven

Nov. 16, 2006

DeKalb, Ill.- The Mid-American Conference announced its 2006 Men's Soccer Academic All-MAC team Tuesday, as voted by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions.  A total of 11 student-athletes were named to the team. The number of honorees on the MAC All-Academic Team are the number that is set for the specific sport or 33% of the number of nominees, whichever is greater.     

Matt Galanes and Kevin Woerner represent the Northern Illinois Huskies on the 2006 Men's Soccer Academic All-MAC team. The Huskies finished their year with a share of the MAC regular season title and also won the MAC tournament title. Northern Illinois defeated Loyola (Ill.) in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament before falling to Indiana in the second round. 

Senior defender Matt Galanes (Wheaton, Ill.- Wheaton Warrenville South) is a corporate communications major.  Galanes helped anchor the Huskies backfield to post 14 shutouts on the year.  Galanes, a Junior College All-America transfer from the College of Dupage is in his second season with the Huskies.  He finishes his career playing 24 games and starting 11 at NIU.

Senior midfielder Kevin Woerner (Elmhurst, Ill./ York) is a mechanical engineering major.  Woerner lead his active team members in current career points (33), matches played (76) and starts (68), in addition to ranking third for assists on the year (7)  and scoring one goal.

Other schools receiving selections were: Akron (2), Bowling Green (2), Buffalo (3) and Western Michigan (2).

2006 Men's Soccer Academic All-MAC Team:

  1. Steve Kalan, Akron
  2. Geir Nyheim, Akron
  3. Kyle McNayer, Bowling Green
  4. Ryan Perea, Bowling Green
  5. Erik Jaanimagi, Buffalo
  6. Kevin Balkanloo, Buffalo
  7. Daniel Bell, Buffalo
  8. Matt Galanes, Northern Illinois
  9. Kevin Woerner, Northern Illinois
  10. Terry Dowding, Western Michigan
  11. Mark Kroeger, Western Michigan

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfersn their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.


(For further information, please contact Katie Hein at 815.753.9572).