All-America Double Dip

West Virginia University men's soccer players Nick Noble and Jarrod Smith made program history today as they were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America team.

The duo becomes the first to earn All-America status for WVU since goalkeeper Jon Capon did so in 1981. They are the first teammates to do so for West Virginia in the same year since defender Pat Sullivan and forward Walt Nistorenko in 1968. The other two Mountaineers to ever be named All-American's were midfielder Ron McEachon in 1967 and defender Joe Okhakhu.

Noble was one of six BIG EAST players on the NSCAA's 12-man first team All-America team, while Smith was the only conference representative on the second team.

Noble wrapped up one of the greatest careers in WVU soccer history in 2006. The Damascus, Md., native ranked nationally throughout the season in goals against average (.63) and save percentage (.864). Noble holds career marks at WVU in matches played (80), goals against average (.88), shutouts (37) and minutes played (7,179), while ranking third in career saves (292).

The goalkeeper is just the third player in program history to be named first team All-America.

Smith, a native of Havelock North, New Zealand, scored 14 goals in 15 matches this season to go along with four assists. The senior forward set the BIG EAST single season conference goals record in 2006 with 12 and the single season conference point record with 28. Smith netted 32 goals in four seasons for WVU, tied for fifth all-time in school history. He is tied for third in school history in career matches played with 74.

Both players return to the soccer pitch in little over a month when they participate in the MLS Player Combine held at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 5-8. The nation's top 58 seniors in Division I soccer were invited to participate.


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