NJCU’s Walter Avans Named Second Team All-ECAC

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CENTERVILLE, Mass. — New Jersey City University men’s soccer senior forward Walter Avans (Roselle Park/Union Catholic), a three-time All-New Jersey Athletic Conference selection during his career, was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Metro Second Team for the 2011 season the organization announced on Thursday.

Avans was the offensive spark in the Gothic Knight’s late season run into conference playoff contention and earned First-Team All-NJAC accolades this season after a pair of Second-Team All-NJAC picks in 2009 and 2010.

He finished his career ranked No. 2 in school history with 39 career goals and third with 89 points after finishing the 2011 season with 12 goals and five assists on 29 points in 17 games (13 starts). He attempted 56 shots (33 shots on goal), scored the first goal of a game three times while bagging a pair of hat tricks, with one game-winner. He led NJCU in goals, assists—a career high in helpers—points, shots, and shots on goal. His 1,099 minutes played were sixth most on the team and most by a forward.

On Sept. 4, Avans a two-year team tri-captain, broke school records that had stood since the mid-1970s when he netted five goals and 10 points in a rout of Medgar Evers College.

In the final 2011 NJAC statistical leaders, Avans ranked third in points per game (1.71) and goals per game (0.71), fifth in points and goals, sixth in assists per game (0.29), seventh in assists, 10th in shots and 10th in shots per game (3.29) and tied for 22nd in game-winning goals (1).

Nationally in Division III, Avans was 53rd in goals per game, 54th in points per game, 71st in total goals, and 79th in total points.

Avans finished his career with 39 goals, 11 assists, 89 points, 179 shots and 99 shots on goal with a .553 shots on goal percentage and two game-winners, making 3-of-4 penalty kick tries. He played in 66 games over 3,887 minutes for NJCU. In addition to his ranking in goals and points, he concluded his collegiate career tied for third all-time in shots on goal, ranked eighth in goals per game (0.59), ninth in points per game (1.35) and 10th in shots per game (2.71).

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