ATLANTA, GEORGIA—When it rains it will certainly pour.
After winning the Senior CLASS Award First Team on Thursday, one of the highest distinctions in college athletics, Georgia State Panthers men’s soccer senior Matthew Fearnley has won another award.
Fearnley was named a CoSIDA Academic All-America® Second Team member Friday becoming just the seventh student-athlete in GSU athletics history to earn multiple honors from the organization.
Last season Fearnley became the first men’s soccer player in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Fearnley, who is majoring in health and physical education with a 3.84 GPA, was named to the 2020 All-Sun Belt First Team last year.
This season Fearnley led the Panthers to the MAC Tournament Championship Game, two wins over ranked opponents, an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win, a 1-0 shutout at Charlotte.
He finished the season with three goals and an assist as the Panthers went 13-7 and were receiving votes in multiple polls throughout the season.
Playing in a COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, Fearnley tied for the team lead with five goals in just 12 matches. He took a team-high 31 shots, including 19 shots on goal. His five goals were tied for tops in the Sun Belt Conference and ranked No. 4 in the NCAA during the fall.
Fearnley was also honored by the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Team last year and was named to the 2020 Sun Belt All-Tournament Team.
In the classroom, Fearnley also earned 2020 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American and All-Region recognition. He garnered President’s List recognition last spring after earning Dean’s List recognition last fall. He was also named to the 2020 spring semester President’s List and has multiple other Dean’s List honors.
The Panthers’ season came to an end last month falling in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 to No. 3-seed Georgetown. The Panthers are expected to return a significant number of starters after honoring just five seniors in November.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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