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TMC Senior, NCC Grad Named PAC Men's Soccer Player of the Year

Thomas More College senior forward Austin Juniet (Fort Thomas, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Men’s Soccer Player of the Year and five Saints were named All-PAC by the conference’s nine head coaches.

A three-time All-PAC First Team selection, Juniet is the fifth Thomas More player, and first since Alex Oeswein in 2011, to earn Player of the Year honors. He led the PAC in points (55), assists (23), and game-winning scores (6), and was third in total goals scored (16). As of games played through November 8, he led all NCAA Division III counterparts in assists, and assists per game (1.15), and was second in points per game (2.75).

Juniet was joined on the first team All-PAC by senior midfielder RJ Best, junior midfielder Tim Knauer and junior forward Brian Runyon. Best played in 19 matches for the Saints and had 12 points on four goals, including one game-winner and four assists. Knauer appeared in all 20 matches for the Saints and had six points on one goal (a game winner) and four assists. Runyon was second on the team in scoring with 44 points on 17 goals, including two game-winners and 10 assists.

Junior midfielder Alex Panaro was named honorable mention All-PAC after he had four points on two goals.

Thomas More, who finished the regular season ranked No. 9 in the nation, finished the season at 16-3-1 and advanced to its seventh-straight NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

-Staff report/Photo via Thomas More College