ELON, N.C. – Senior Jonathan Coleby and redshirt junior Matthew Jegier of the Elon University men’s soccer team were named to the 2017 NCAA Scholar All-Region Teams as announced by the United Soccer Coaches association on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
The duo of Coleby and Jegier earned spots on the second team for the South Region and became the first players from the program receive Scholar All-Region honors since Nathan Diehl in 2014. It’s the first time that Elon has had multiple players named Scholar All-Region since Nathan Dean, Jason Waterman and Matt Wescoe in 2013.
“As a program, we place a high emphasis on all our players maximizing their GPA and getting the very most from their Elon education,” said Elon head men’s soccer coach Marc Reeves. “Both (Jonathan) and Matthew are well deserving of this recognition and are excellent student-athletes in all aspects. We will continue to hold high program and personal standards for our group and hope that translates to a great experience for all and positive team results.”
This is the second academic postseason honor for Jegier as the netminder adds to his laundry list of awards from his record-breaking 2017 season. A finance major with a 3.82 cumulative grade-point average, the Charlotte, N.C., native led the Colonial Athletic Association in the majority of the keeper categories this season including goals-against average (0.57), save percentage (.833), shutouts per match (0.56) and total shutouts (10), which tied the program’s single-season school-record. He also became the program’s all-time career leader in shutouts after posting the 26th of his career at Delaware on Oct. 28. Jegier was a first team All-CAA selection and was placed on the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District first team for the second straight season.
Coleby was one of five defenders named to the Scholar All-Region second team, the first time he has received that honor. The Middlesbrough, England, native and three-year captain had a big impact from his center back position despite battling injuries throughout his senior campaign. A business major with a 3.87 grade-point average, Coleby appeared in 11 matches with 10 starts in 2017 with the Phoenix posting seven clean sheets in the games he started. Coleby helped lead an Elon defense that ranked among the best units in both the CAA and in the nation as the Phoenix finished ranked in the top-10 in the country in GAA, fewest goals allowed and shutouts per match. Coleby also received All-CAA honors this season with his selection on the league’s third team.