KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Carson-Newman finds itself represented on the United Soccer Coaches' All-Southeast Region lists for the first time since 2015 with Kensho Yoshikoshi and Will Sainsbury-Logan being recognized, as announced by the group on Monday.
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Yoshikoshi took first-team defender honors while Sainsbury-Logan was tabbed a third-team midfielder. With Sainsbury-Logan's plaudit, the program now has 37 All-Region players since 2004 after Yoshikoshi became the 36th back in November with a nod from the Division II Conference Commissioners' Association (D2CCA).
Formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, C-N has had 27 players honored by the group since 2004. The duo is the first pair since Sindre Welo and Tom Read in 2015 to receive the accolades.
Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Yoshikoshi now sits at five postseason accolades this year. Before his first-team All-Region honor from the D2CCA, he was named an All-South Atlantic Conference first team selection and the league's Defensive Player of the Year. While he has been honored numerous times for his work on the pitch, he was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection this year, marking the third-straight year an Eagle has received the laurel.
During the 2019 campaign, Yoshikoshi started in all 17 matches the Eagles played, logging the most minutes played at 1561. He scored three goals on the season to push his career total to five, all coming on headers. He logged a career day in the 4-2 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne on Oct. 2, scoring both of C-N's goals in the match. He accounted for one assist on the year with six of his 18 shots landing on goal.
Sainsbury-Logan hauled in his first All-SAC accolade as a second-team selection. The Norwich, England native was a consistent starter for the Eagles this season, starting in 14 of his 16 matches played as a midfielder after missing the 2018 season. The redshirt-sophomore collected a career-high three points in the 7-0 win over North Greenville in the season opener on a goal and an assist. He totaled three goals on the season, also his career total through three years with the team.
The Orange and Blue pair are two of 15 players from the SAC to land on the All-Southeast Region teams.