Shkraba, Hill, lead All-HCAC men's soccer awardees for Transylvania men's soccer

All-HCAC First Team

Lexington, Ky. – After claiming the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament crown last weekend, the Transylvania men's soccer team continued its postseason celebration as seven different Pioneers were named All-HCAC selections for the 2018 season on Thursday in a conference release.

Leading the way for Transylvania was senior forward Alex Shkraba and sophomore defender Zach Hill, who were both named to the All-HCAC First Team.

Senior midfielder Tyler Joy-Brandon, senior defender Jonathan Rase, and junior forward Charlie Wend were selected to the All-HCAC Second Team, while junior midfielder Caswell Fuller was named an All-HCAC Honorable Mention. Junior goalie Drew Grisham was Transylvania's representative on the Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship Team.

Shkraba, a junior from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky (Montgomery County HS), compiled a stellar offensive campaign for the Pioneers. The striker finished the season top-10 in the conference in goals with six and top-14 in the HCAC in points with 13. Shkraba had three game-winning goals in 2018, as well as a brace in the Pioneers' 6-2 victory over Mount St. Joseph on October 10.

Hill, a sophomore from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky (Montgomery County HS) was a key piece of Transylvania's lockdown defense throughout the season. The sophomore led a defense that limited Transylvania's opponents to 1.08 goals per game on the season.

Hill converted penalty kick attempts in both of the Pioneers' shootout victories in HCAC Tournament last week. The sophomore's strike served as the victory-clinching dagger in Transylvania's semifinal win over Rose-Hulman last Wednesday in Lexington.

The Transylvania men's soccer team's season continues this Saturday, November 10 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Chicago, Illinois. The Pioneers are in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. Transylvania kicks off its 2018 tournament run with a 6:00 p.m. eastern time, 5:00 p.m. central time match versus No. 25 Carleton College on the campus of the University of Chicago at the Stagg Field Complex.

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