Four Wildcats named to College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Soccer Team – UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. — College Sports Communicators unveiled its 2022 Academic All-District men’s soccer pick on Tuesday, with Kentucky’s Luis Grassow, Ben Damge, Andrew Erickson and Martin Soereide each earning a spot on the list.

The 2022 CSC-selected Academic All-District Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. The CSC Academic All-America program recognizes soccer award winners in four divisions—NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA—for each gender separately.

Grassow, the senior Wildcats representative, majors in sociology with a minor in criminology and has a 3.87 GPA. Born in Munich, he has achieved great success in all aspects of his college career. He has received numerous academic awards, including selections for the Southeastern Conference First-Year and Fall Academic Honor Rolls in 2019, 2020, and 2021, recognition of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2019 and 2020, and the C- USA Academic Medal 2020.

The senior defenseman has also received numerous awards for his athletic achievements, including 2022 Sun Belt Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, 2022 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team Honoree, and 2022 Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Team this season alone . During his time as a Wildcat, Grassow contributed to over 20 clean sheets in 57 games played. In his three years on the pitch for Great Britain he has also scored six goals, five assists and 31 shots, including 15 on target.

Ben Damge was the next wildcat to be named on the list with an impressive 3.95 GPA as a finance and accounting major. The junior forward has played in 37 games during his time in Kentucky, including 17 so far of the 2022 season. He has scored eight goals and provided four assists, his best performance coming against Georgia Southern where he scored Britain’s first hat-trick scored for nine years. He was inducted into the 2020 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll, 2021 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, and 2020 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Academic Medal Recipient.

Andrew Erickson, a junior doubles major in marketing and communications, was next honored with a GPA of 3.55. As a freshman, the San Antonio native was included in the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. As a sophomore, he was also included in the 2021 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. The junior midfielder earned second-team honors in the Sun Belt Conference this season after appearing in 12 games before an injury caused him to sit out some of the subsequent games. As a wildcat, Erickson has spent 950 minutes on the court, recording one assist and 11 shots, two of which were on target.

The third and final wildcat to be listed on the Distinguished Academic All-District List was sophomore Martin Soereide. Born in Jessheim, Norway, he played 38 games and made 19 starts in his two years with Blau-Weiss. In 1,900 minutes played, he has scored two goals and provided five assists, as well as nine shots, nine of which are on target. As a freshman, the midfielder was named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team.

Academic All-District Honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America vote. First, second and third team Academic All-America honorees will be announced in early December.

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