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Senior Sainclair Tueno became the first Warrior soccer player to be named to back-to-back All-American Teams.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After being named the MAC Commonwealth’s Defensive Player of the Year, Lycoming College men’s soccer senior Sainclair Tueno (Silver Springs, Md./Montgomery Blair) added a pair of firsts on Thursday night, Nov. 29, when he became the first Warrior to repeat as an All-American, earning First Team United Soccer Coaches All-American honors, the organization announced.
Tueno, already one of only four Warriors to earn All-American honors, joins Bill Kerr as the only other Warrior to be named to the soccer coaches’ first team, as Kerr earned the award in 2014.
“One of the best things about Sainclair, and what made him such a good player for us, was that our whole team has a lot of his personality,” Lycoming head coach Nate Gibboney said. “With Sainclair, there wasn’t a big learning curve with what he brought and his energy on the field was infectious. Sainclair has a lot of fun when he plays, but he’s also tougher and more tenacious than anyone else on the field. He lived for set pieces and making himself dangerous in them. This year, even as he was double and triple-teamed in those situations, he was able to open opportunities for the rest of the team. He never gave up on a play and he was so dangerous when countering an opponent’s attack. There’s no doubt he was the catalyst for a lot of our success and he is very deservedly so an All-American again because of it.”
A four-time all-conference selection, Tueno led one of the top defenses in the country from his center back position and he remained one of the team’s top scoring threats, finishing the year tied for second on the team with three goals and tied for the team lead in shots with 34.
Lycoming recorded nine shutouts in the 18 games that Tueno started and gave up more than one goal just three times, posting a 0.65 goals-against average with Tueno in the lineup.
One of the most decorated players in Lycoming’s history, the two-time All-American set a school record with six MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week honors and is the only player to win the award on offense and defense. His 76 career games started are tied for third and his 20 goals tied for 16th. He was named MAC Commonwealth Championship MVP during both of the Warriors title runs in 2015 and 2017 and helped his graduating class win 61 games, tying the 2017 class for the most wins in program history.
The Warriors finished 15-4-2 overall and 6-2 in the MAC Commonwealth under sixth-year coach Nate Gibboney, as they earned the program's first NCAA Championship at-large bid. The Warriors also recorded a school-record sixth straight winning season.