By: Abbey Lipcsik
HIRAM, Ohio – The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OSCA) recently announced that Hiram College men's soccer seniors Vaal Ngalla, Jake Pastore and Zac Cairns have garnered All-Ohio honors for the first time in their careers.
The OCSA is one of the oldest and most prestigious college soccer associations in the Nation. It represents all National Collegiate Athletic Association divisions (NCAA), all National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics divisions (NAIA) and all National Junior College Athletic Association divisions (NJCAA) in Ohio.
Ngalla played and started in all 16 games during his senior campaign, earning Third-Team All-Ohio and Second-Team All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) laurels. The midfielder finished with three goals on the season, ranking second on the team. He also recorded four assists, with three of them coming against Thiel (Pa.) in September.
Ngalla is the first Terrier since 2012 and seventeenth selection in program history to receive an All-Ohio award.
In addition to exceling on the field, Pastore succeeded in the classroom, acquiring Second-Team Academic All-Ohio honors. The business major holds a 3.69 GPA.
The midfielder started in 10 games in his final season as a Terrier. His lone goal of the season resulted from a penalty kick against Grove City (Pa.).
Cairns was also tabbed a Second-Team Academic All-Ohio selection. A psychology major, the midfielder retains a 3.63 GPA.
Starting in 14 of the 15 games played on the season, Cairns was a key component of the Terrier offense. He led the team in goals scored (4), with two of them coming against Thiel (Pa.).