Jennings and Leerman Named to Best XI Teams

ORLANDO (UCFKnights.com)Cal Jennings and Yanis Leerman compile more awards to their already impressive resumes after being named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Best XI teams.

Jennings earned First Team Best XI as a forward, while Leerman was honored on the Second Team Best XI Freshman squad.

This postseason, Jennings and Leerman continue to tally up awards after they each took home All-Conference honors along with both being named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region teams.

Jennings was also named American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was also awarded National Player of the Week by College Soccer News after scoring his third hat trick of the season against FGCU and scoring in the first minute against USF just four days later. Jennings was also a MAC Hermann Semifinalist, the most prestigious individual award in college soccer, which is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year.

The Georgia native scored 20 goals in 18 matches this season, with four assists for a total of 45 points, leading his team to their first regular season title in The American.

In UCF program history, Jennings is now fourth in goals scored in a single season (20), and fourth in most points (45), while shattering the shots record with 100 shots this season. In his UCF career, Jennings is now sixth all-time in goals scored with 29 and tied for eighth in UCF program history in points with 71. 

Leerman had an impressive first collegiate season as he continues to add to his resume after earning All-Conference Second and Rookie Team. The freshman defender quickly became a regular starter for UCF recording 16 starts out of the Knights’ 19 matches. Leerman was a critical piece on the backline allowing under an average of just 10 shots per game.

The 2018 Knights completed one of their best seasons in program history. They finished with an overall record of 13-3-3 and a record of 5-1-1 in the American Athletic Conference. Since becoming a Division I program, this is the third-best record the Knights have garnered.

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