A Page -- July 18, 2012

Ben Yabrow has been a key performer in goal for AFC Cleveland this season. (photo courtesy of AFC Cleveland)

Former Spartan Standouts Vinny Bell and Ben Yabrow Help Lead AFC Cleveland to Midwest-Great Lakes Championship

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A pair of former Case Western Reserve University soccer standouts, All-American forward Vinny Bell(Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) and All-University Athletic Association goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) helped lead AFC Cleveland to a National Premier Soccer League Midwest-Great Lakes Conference Championship on Sunday, July 15.

AFC Cleveland defeated the Erie Admirals, 4-3 in penalty kicks, with Yabrow recording the winning save in the shootout. AFC Cleveland now advances to play the Madison 56ers in the Midwest Conference Championship at nearby Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School on Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m.

For the season, AFC Cleveland has compiled 19 points with four wins, seven ties and only one loss. Yabrow has been the team's starter between the pipes, and Bell is tied for the team lead with three goals.

The club's first-ever signee, Bell capped off one of the most storied careers in a Spartan uniform during the fall of 2011. The school's all-time leading scorer, he was named to the 2011 D3Soccer.com All-America First Team and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Second Team, in addition to being tabbed the UAA Most Valuable Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Bell completed his career as the school's only two-time All-American, and he was a standout in the classroom with NSCAA Collegiate Scholar All-American honors as a senior.

During the 2011 campaign, Bell finished with league-bests and program records of 20 goals and 50 points en route to setting CWRU records for career goals (43) and career points (101). Nationally, Bell ranked seventh in NCAA Division III in points per game (2.50), sixth in total points (50), seventh in total goals (20), tied for eighth in goals per game (1.00) and tied for 19th in total assists (10).

Yabrow was a steady force in the net for the Spartans, starting all 20 matches and factoring in all 20 decisions this past fall. The senior spearheaded five individual shutouts with 59 total saves and allowed just 18 goals for a 1.01 goals against average. A two-time All-UAA honoree for his career, Yabrow is the school's all-time leader in wins (35) and shutouts (16), while also ranking in the top-five in program history in saves (212, 4th) and goals against average (1.14, 4th) in over 5,452 minutes played.

 


Richardson Named as an Allstate AFCA 

Good Works Team Nominee

Waco, Texas – 
Oberlin Junior running back Moses Richardson was named as an Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team® nominee, the AFCA announced on Tuesday morning.
 
Richardson, who is an active member of the Student/Athlete Advisory Committer (SAAC), is one of 117 members from across the country in all divisions to be nominated for this prestigious award.
 
As a member of SAAC, Richardson has played a vital role in organizing canned food drives, hosting events for the Special Olympics and assisting with special events involving the athletics department.
 
Additionally he served as a team leader for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event on campus that raised 18,727 dollars to help fight the battle against cancer.
 
 
On the field in 2011, Richardson led the team in rushing despite playing in just five games due to injury. He totaled 320 yards on 70 carries to go along with one touchdown. He averaged 4.6 yards per rush and 64 yards per game. The Charleston, South Carolina, native also added a TD catch and 46 yards receiving last fall.
 
A special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams® – one comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA. The final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.
 
About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams® were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field.  AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need.  Allstate partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
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