Nov. 13, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army men's soccer junior goalkeeper Winston Boldt earned recognition as the Patriot League Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, as voted on by representatives from each of the 10 member institutions.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Boldt is the seventh Black Knight to receive the accolade, and the first since Andrew Kydes '10 capped a stretch of four-straight Army players to earn the recognition in 2009. In the 25-year existence of the award, Army is the only team in Patriot League history that has had seven players win the honor.
To qualify for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Patriot League awards, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher. The player must also be a starter or regular contributor to his team's success.
Last month, Boldt was selected to the Capital One All-District 1 First Team by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and is eligible for the Academic All-America Team, which will be announced later this month.
A Portuguese major, Boldt holds a cumulative GPA of 3.66 as a first-semester junior. He has twice landed on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, in 2011 and 2012. This season's selection as an Academic All-Patriot League honoree marks the second time Boldt garnered the award, after drawing the accolade last season.
Boldt was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year on Monday, and has been selected to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week three times, including twice this season. Earlier this year, the co-captain set an Army men's soccer record by notching his 10th shutout of the campaign, a mark that now stands at an NCAA-best 12. Boldt also ranks second in the nation in save percentage (.892) and fifth nationally in goals against average (.500).
While starting in all 17 games for the Black Knights, Boldt has contributed to a 12-3-2 overall record, the team's best since 1993. Army finished with a 6-2-1 Patriot League record this season, marking its most wins since joining the conference in 1990.
Army currently stands ninth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region poll and will compete for the Patriot League Championship for the first time since 1996 on Friday, when it faces Holy Cross at 7:30 p.m. in Annapolis, Md.