LEWISBURG, Pa. – Mayowa Alli (Lanham, Md./Bishop McNamara), the Bucknell men’s soccer fullback who spent the last four years wowing crowds with his athletic, acrobatic style of play, was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Third Team on Friday. Alli becomes Bucknell’s fifth men’s soccer All-American and the first since Conor O’Brien was a Second Team selection in 2009.
Earlier this week Alli was one of three Bison named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team. Alli and sophomore forward Jesse Klug were First Team All-Region choices, while sophomore midfielder Chris Thorsheim was a Second Team pick.
Bucknell’s lone captain in 2013, Alli was a rock at center fullback all season long for the Bison. He played nearly every minute of every match on a back four that contributed to 10 shutouts and a sterling 0.73 team goals-against average. Alli, who was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2010, won three Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors this season and five in his career. He also earned three career Offensive Player of the Week awards.
Alli was also a First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection in 2011. He tallied three goals this season and 15 in his career. Three of those goals came in overtime, including one this season at Rutgers. One of the nation’s highest-scoring fullbacks, Alli tallied a career-high seven goals in 2011. Most of his 15 goals came on headers on re-starts. In addition to his three golden goals, one his most memorable games came in 2010, when he scored twice on headers in the 86th minute of regulation to help Bucknell salvage a 3-3 draw against Colgate.
Prior to O’Brien’s citation in 2009, Bucknell had not had a men’s soccer All-American since Scott Strasburg (Second Team) in 1976. Bob Schad and Lyman Ott were Honorable Mention selections in 1960. In addition, Bucknell has claimed 40 NSCAA All-Region honorees since 1980, including at least one in every year since 2002.
Alli was one of three All-Americans representing the Patriot League this year. Army goalkeeper Winston Boldt was a Second Team All-America pick, while Navy defender Joseph Greenspan joined Alli on the Third Team.The Bison finished the year 13-6-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the Patriot League. The 13 wins marked the second-most in program history. Bucknell was eliminated from the PL Tournament in the semifinals by eventual-champion Navy.