MARQUETTE, Mi. A trio of Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer student-athletes were named All-Midwest Region by the United Soccer Coaches the organization announced on Tuesday. Senior defender Kevin Hoof (Maple Grove, Minnesota) and senior forward Sam Popp (Northville, Michigan) were both named to the first team, while junior midfielder Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) received third team honors.
In 2018, Hoof helped NMU hold their opponents to just 1.05 goals per game while also adding a goal and an assist on the offensive end en route to first team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors. Hoof helped the Wildcats to six shutouts this season including five-consecutive to end the month of September.
The offensive leader for the Wildcats this season was Popp, who lead the team in nearly every offensive category. His 10 goals and 23 points both led the conference and were the most for an NMU student-athlete in the three-year history of the program. Popp received second-team All-GLIAC honors after the career season.
Olpin enjoyed a breakout season with career-highs in nearly every offensive category. He recorded four goals in 2018, three of which were game winners, and also added four assists to total 12 points. Olpin's offensive production was enough to garner first team all-conference honors.
For the second straight season, the Wildcats ended their campaign having set a number of records and reached program firsts. For the first time in the three-year history of the NMU Men's Soccer program, the Wildcats finished with a .500 overall record and matched last season's win total.