Dec. 11, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio –Senior back Liam Doyle was named a third team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the NSCAA announced Friday. Doyle, a native of Isle of Man, U.K., becomes the 10th Buckeye in school history and first since 2007 to be named an NSCAA All-American.
“We’re very happy for Liam and wish him the best as he transitions into professional soccer,” said head coach John Bluem. “He has had two very good seasons for us and we thank him for all he has done for the Ohio State men’s soccer program.”
It’s been a good day for the senior Buckeye to say the least. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year also received an invitation to the 2016 adidas MLS Player Combine, the league office announced this afternoon. Doyle will join the top collegiate players from across the country to showcase their talents in front of representatives from all 20 MLS clubs in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 7-12, 2016.
Doyle was a 2015 co-captain on the Big Ten champion squad and was the 2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. The two-time first team All-Big Ten selection, Doyle becomes the first Buckeye to earn All-America status since former Buckeyes Eric Brunner and Xavier Balc were honored as first team selections in 2007. Doyle’s honor is the 11th All-American laurel in OSU history. The OSU defender anchored an Ohio State backline that allowed just six goals in Big Ten games, the lowest mark in the conference as well as 10 clean sheets. Doyle notched 10 points, including a season-high six assists, while registering a pair of goals. The OSU back collected 22 points (7g, 8a) in 45 career starts.
Doyle’s Postseason Honors
2015 First Team All-Big Ten
2015 First Team NSCAA All-Midwest
2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
2015 Third Team NSCAA All-American
2015 Academic All-Big Ten
2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District