Leifhelm & Kristiansen Named to United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team

Leifhelm & Kristiansen Named to United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team

2017 United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Team


KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island's Nils Leifhelm and Peder Kristiansen have been named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Third Team, marking the first time since 2007 that the Rams have multiple All-Region honorees.

Leifhelm, who also earned All-Region honors in 2015, wrapped up his collegiate career with a 40-28-9 record and 23 total shutouts - second most all-time at Rhode Island. This season, he went 10-6-3 with 90 saves, a 1.05 goals against average and eight clean sheets.

One of the best offensive defenders in the Atlantic 10, Kristiansen finished his sophomore season with one goal and a team-best six assists, despite missing four games with an injury. He also helped anchor a back line that held opponents scoreless eight times, including a pair of shutouts against top-25 teams.

Rhode Island's 2017 season (10-6-3) came to an end in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship, where the Rams fell to VCU 2-0. It marked the fourth year in a row that URI both qualified for, and advanced in, the conference tournament. Prior to the program's resurgance under fifth-year head coach Gareth Elliott, Rhode Island had not qualified for A-10 postseason play since 2009.

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