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Thiesen Earns All-America Honor; Two Others Named All-Region

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Dec. 9, 2021) – Redshirt sophomore defender Bjarne Thiesen of the West Virginia University men’s soccer team has been named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Third Team, the organization announced on Thursday.

Thiesen started all 21 games for the Mountaineers this fall, helping the squad reach the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 1981. The Kiel, Germany, native scored two goals in 2021, including one game-winner, for four total points in 1,980 minutes of action.

He also played a big role in WVU’s back line, which totaled nine shutouts, tied for the fifth-most in single-season program history.

With the honor, Thiesen becomes the Mountaineers’ 12th All-American all time, including the first since Joey Piatczyc in 2018.

Additionally, Thiesen was named to the All-North Region First Team by the United Soccer Coaches, while fifth-year senior defender Kevin Morris and sophomore midfielder Ryan Baer each earned third-team status. 

Morris, a co-captain, started in all 21 matches for West Virginia this season, scoring two goals and adding two assists for six total points. The 2021 All-MAC Second Team selection played 2,017 minutes for the Mountaineers this fall, good for No. 2 on the team, and also helped the WVU defense tally nine clean sheets on the year.

In all, the Mt. Airy, Maryland, native holds the program record for career matches played (92), career matches started (83) and career minutes played (8,140).

Baer appeared in all 21 matches for WVU in 2021, including 19 starts. The Huntersville, North Carolina, native collected two assists on the year to go along with 14 shots and five shots on goal. In all, Baer logged 1,685 minutes of action.

WVU’s three all-region selections are its most in one season since 2011, when Eric Schoenle (first team), Andy Bevin (second team) and Raymon Gaddis (second team) all were honored on the NSCAA All-Northeast Region teams.

West Virginia finished 12-3-6 on the year, including 4-1-1 in Mid-American Conference play. The Mountaineers were seeded No. 11 in the NCAA Tournament, marking the first time it earned a national seed in the event since 2007. 

Additionally, the club finished 8-0-3 at home, good for its first unbeaten campaign at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium since 2007.

Press Release: WVU Athletic Department

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