Dec. 16, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army men's soccer junior goalkeeper Winston Boldtwas voted to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I All-America Second Team last week. The squads were announced on Thursday.
Boldt is one of 36 men's soccer players from Division I to be named to the All-America squad, and is one of 12 student-athletes to earn second team recognition.
"We are very proud of Winston for being recognized for this honor," said Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. "He had an outstanding season in goal for the Army men's soccer team and is a proven leader."
Boldt becomes the 31st player in Army men's soccer history to be tabbed All-America, and is the first since Randy Nelson drew All-America honorable mention in 1974. He joins a group of 10 former Black Knights as All-America Second Team honorees, and is Army's first since Mike Palone in 1967.
"It's exciting for Winston to be considered among the best in the country," said Army head men's soccer coach Russell Payne. "It puts him in an elite class in this program's history. Winston has shown strong character and leadership throughout the season, and I think he represents the direction of this program."
Boldt started in all 18 games for the Black Knights this fall and contributed to a 12-3-3 overall record, helping Army collect 12 wins for just the fifth time in team history. He helped the Black Knights clinch their first Patriot League Championship spot since 1996, while notching five shutouts in league play. Army finished the year with six conference victories (6-2-1) for just the second time since joining the league in 1990.
The St. Louis, Mo., native was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Second Team last month, and drew Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year honors earlier this year. He has been selected to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week three times, including a pair of nods this season. The co-captain set an Army men's soccer record by posting his 10th shutout of the campaign during a 2-0 win over Central Connecticut State on Oct. 22. In the final national statistics for the 2013 season, Boldt stands tied for second with 12 shutouts, ranks third in save percentage (.888) and is fifth in goals against average (.521).
Army went 12-3-3 overall and 6-2-1 in the Patriot League to finish second in the conference, marking its best placement since winning the league in 1996.