Five Harding Men's Soccer players earn academic all-district

From Harding University

Josh Ireland

 Five members of the Harding men's soccer squad made up half of the NCAA Division II Capital One Academic All-District VII team, released Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Harding's honorees were senior Josh Ireland, senior Jackson Savage, sophomore Gehrig Haberstock, senior Rhon Royer and sophomore Ian Park. Each will advance to the Capital One Men's Soccer Academic All-America ballot.

To be eligible for the Academic All-District honor, student-athlete had to have reached sophomore status and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

Ireland, a midfielder from Searcy, Ark., became the first Harding men's soccer player to earn two Academic All-District honors. He was 2nd Team Academic All-District in 2010.

Ireland played in all 18 of Harding's games with nine starts at midfielder and had two assists. He is a health care management major with a 3.34 grade point average.

Savage, a midfielder from Coppell, Texas, started all 18 games and was second on the team with four goals and tied for the team lead with three assists. He is a biology major with a 3.58 GPA.

Haberstock is a defender from Waynesville, Mo. He played in 15 games with 14 starts. Haberstock is a social work major with a 3.91 GPA.

Royer, a defender from George Town, Cayman Islands, earned All-MIAA honors Thursday and added the Academic All-District honor Friday. Royer started all 18 games and had one goal. He is an interior design major with a 3.63 GPA.

Park is a forward from Danville, Ill. He played in 15 games with 13 starts and scored three goals with one assist. He is an accounting and finance double major with a 3.82 GPA.

Since 2000, Harding had had only four Academic All-District honorees before receiving five awards this season.

District VII is comprised of student-athletes on teams in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.