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Two Belmont Soccer Players Receive Academic All-America Honors

twyner-story.jpgSenior Channing Twyner and junior Chris Anderson of the Belmont men’s soccer team (6-8-1, 3-4-0 A-Sun) were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America District IV First Team (University Division), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), this week. It is the first time two members of the program have received the honor and a first-time honor for both student-athletes. As first team honorees, the pair will now advance to national voting for the National Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Team.
Twyner, a native of Jackson, Miss., is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in chemistry. A four-year starter for the Bruins, he is second on team in goals. Twyner is currently ranked 10th in conference and third on team in shots). A three-time Atlantic Sun All-Academic honoree, he has career totals of 13 goals, 12 assists, 113 shots and 38 points.
anderson-story.jpgAnderson, a native of Brentwood, Tenn., is majoring in entrepreneurship. He has been a defensive stalwart over the last three years for the Bruins. The team’s co-captain has logged over 1000 minutes on the field this season. Anderson has started and played in 47 out of all 48 matches over the last three years. The two-time Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team selection recently recorded his first career goal against North Florida (10/29), helping Belmont return to the Atlantic Sun Tournament for the third consecutive year.
Head Coach Earle Davidson was excited about the announcement. “We are very excited for Channing and Chris. Academics is a top priority for us and we are very proud of their postseason recognition. They are both fully deserving of the honor.”