University Denver Athletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Denver men's soccer senior captain Andre Shinyashiki (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has been named the 2018 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Men's National Scholar Athlete of the Year, the coaches' association announced on Thursday.
Shinyashiki adds to a postseason awards collection that includes becoming the first Pioneer in any sport to win the Senior CLASS Award, becoming the athletic department's 19th CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team selection, becoming the men's soccer program's second First Team All-America pick and becoming Denver's first finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. The 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy banquet will be held at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on January 4, 2019 to formally announce this year's winners.
The Denver captain led a Pioneer senior class that finished their careers fifth in the country in wins at 61-11-10, while also finishing second in the country in percentage of points earned from matches (78.5).
Academically, the marketing major entered his senior year with a 3.63 grade point average. Shinyashiki helped lead the Pioneers to the top grade point average in the country in back-to-back-to-back seasons. The two-time Hornbeck Scholar and Dean's List recipient is also a three-time member of the Summit League Honor Roll and an honoree of the Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.
Shinyashiki finished the 2018 campaign first in the country in points per game (2.86), first in total points (60), first in goals per game (1.33), first in total goals (28), first in game-winning goals (11), second in shots per game (4.71) and first in shots on goal per game (2.86). The First Team All-America selection finished with eight more goals than the next closest player, and two more game-winners. Shinyashiki's goals per game tally is the highest since Andrew Mittendorf (Lehigh) netted 24 in 18 matches (1.33) in 1998. The Denver senior's points per game mark is the most since Conor Casey (Portland) had 23 goals and seven assists in 18 matches in 1999 (2.94).
Earlier this season, Shinyashiki became Denver's record holder in single-season points (60), goals (28) and game-winning goals (11), while setting Denver's career records in points (117), goals (51) and game-winning goals (18). The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native's goal total in 2018 eclipsed Denver's previous career record goal tally of 27.