Rogers State Men’s Soccer senior forward Jake Simpson has been named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II Men’s Soccer team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), announced the organization on Wednesday.
Simpson, who holds a 3.72 grade-point average in Sport Management at Rogers State, was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team. The honor comes after Simpson was named to the 2019 Academic All-District Men’s Soccer Team in November.
The Cambridge, England native was also named a GAC/MIAA Distinguished Scholar Student-Athlete in November after his performance in the classroom and on the field in 2019, helping to lead the Hillcats to the 2019 GAC/MIAA Tournament Championship.
Simpson set or tied six single-season school records in 2019, as well as four career records. He scored a school record 14 goals and recorded a school best 36 points in the campaign as he also had eight assists, which was tied for second best. His 1.80 points per game also claimed a school record.
This season, Simpson was named the GAC/MIAA Offensive Player of the Week three times before being named to the All-GAC/MIAA First Team and GAC/MIAA All-Tournament Team. Simpson was also recently named to the D2CCA All-Central Region First Team.
In his career, Simpson finished with 27 goals, 10 assists and 64 points. His points and goals tally, along with seven game-winning goals, 188 shots and 94 shots on goal are second-best all-time at RSU. Simpson leaves RSU with career records in points per game (1.08), goals per game (.46), shots per game (3.19) and shots on goal per game (1.59).
Simpson is the first CoSIDA Academic All-American for the men’s soccer program in the NCAA era and the second all time. Henrique Sousa was also named to the second team in 2011. Simpson is the first Academic All-American for Rogers State since Baylor Harvey won the honor in Cross Country in 2016-17.