BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men’s soccer had two athletes represented on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Second Team in Zeiko Harris (Sands Parish, Bermuda/South Kent) and Camden Holbrook (Cary, N.C./Green Hope).
The tandem played a pivotal role in a bounce-back season for the Black and Gold. Appalachian posted its first winning season since 2012 with an 8-6-1 mark, its first Sun Belt winning record at 2-1-1 and a third seed in the Sun Belt Tournament. At one point, App was one of 19 undefeated teams in the nation after a 4-0 beginning to the campaign.
Holbrook made a splash for the Mountaineers in his first season, posting a team-high six goals with one assist and an App-best 13 points. He was tied for first among freshmen in the Sun Belt in goals while he was first in points among first-year players. His numbers landed him tied for third overall in goals and fourth overall in points. He was the only freshman and one of two players to net a hat-trick. In the first two games of the season, he scored four goals with one assist en route to a 2-0 start and was named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week in addition to his Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week award. Also, he was later mentioned in Top Drawer Soccer’s Weekly Freshman Top 10 List with players from Power Five programs such as NC State, Syracuse, Washington, and Northwestern. Because of his stellar year, he was named Second-Team All-Sun Belt.
In his sophomore season, Harris continued to be a key cog in the Mountaineers’ top-ranked defense in the Sun Belt. Appalachian allowed a league-best 15 goals and posted a conference-high seven shutouts. The Black and Gold allowed just three scores in eight home contests, finishing 4-1-2 at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. Harris was one of five student-athletes to score multiple goals after turning in his first career multi-goal game in a 3-0 win at George Mason. Harris’ performance led to his first Sun Belt Offensive Athlete of the Week honor. The Sandys Parish, Bermuda native’s solid year led to an All-Sun Belt First Team nod.
Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.