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Transy's Calhoon named Heartland men's soccer Freshman of the Year

Dunbar's Riley Calhoon won a header against Waulder Gonzalez (14) of Henderson County during the state semifinals at Dunbar on Wednesday.
Dunbar's Riley Calhoon won a header against Waulder Gonzalez (14) of Henderson County during the state semifinals at Dunbar on Wednesday. Herald-Leader

Transylvania University's Riley Calhoon, a midfielder from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's soccer Freshman of the Year on Thursday.

Calhoon, who was also named to the all-league First Team ranked second on the Pioneers with nine goals and five assists this fall. The freshman ranked second in the HCAC in points (23) and goals scored.

Kentuckians joining Calhoon on the First Team were Hanover senior defender Drew Roberts (North Oldham), Transylvania sophomore forward Ben Rossoll (Bethlehem), Transylvania junior defender Tate Spivey (Mercer County) and Transylvania senior defender Daniel Mudd (Nelson County).

Transylvania senior midfielder Max Robinson (Lafayette) and Hanover sophomore forward Matt Eldridge (Trinity) made the Second Team along with Transy sophomore forward Blake Chidester.

Transylvania senior goalkeeper Taylor Nossokoff (Dunbar) and Hanover senior goalkeeper John Seewer (Male) earned honorable mention. Nossokoff also made the HCAC's All-Sportsmanship Team.

Transylvania (12-6-1) won the HCAC regular-season championship, but Rose-Hulman claimed the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 1-0 double-overtime victory over the Pioneers in the conference tournament finals. Transylvania did not receive an NCAA at-large bid, so its season is over.

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