SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Furman defender Walker Zimmerman and Elon forward Chris Thomas have been named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Season for upperclassmen, as announced Thursday.
Zimmerman earned a spot on the first team. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native tallied six goals and added three assists while helping the Paladins to a 12-4-3 record as a sophomore in 2012. The two-time first team All-Southern Conference pick and 2011 SoCon Freshman of the Year netted the game-winning goal in Furman’s 2-1 victory over FIU and recorded the game-tying tally as Furman rallied from a 2-0 deficit to down Clemson 3-2 this past season.
The 2011 third team NSCAA All-American helped guide the Paladins to an NCAA tournament bid as a freshman while establishing himself as a starting center back with the United States U-20 National Team.
Zimmerman, who is expected to enter the MLS SuperDraft in January, was tabbed as the potential top pick in the draft in Top Drawer Soccer’s Mock Draft last month.
Thomas earned a spot on Top Drawer Soccer’s third team. The senior was named the SoCon Player of the Year for the second time in his career in 2012 after leading the nation in goals (23) and points (51).
A semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the Snellville, Ga., native led the Phoenix to a 15-5-2 overall record, the SoCon regular-season title and its second straight SoCon Championship title and NCAA berth.
Thomas set new single-season school records in points and goals on the season and became Elon’s all-time leader in both career categories, as well. He finished his career sixth in school history in career goals (53) and ninth in points (116).
He helped Elon to its first national ranking since the 2006 campaign. The Phoenix knocked off four top-25 teams on the season, with Thomas picking up the game-winning goal in three of those contests.
Thomas was a three-time SoCon player of the week this season and was the SoCon player of the month in September and October.
TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season – Upperclassmen
Player of the Season: Jose Gomez, Creighton
GK: Andre Blake, Connecticut
D: Andrew Farrell, Louisville
D: Walker Zimmerman, Furman
M: Mikey Lopez, North Carolina
M: Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut
M: John Stertzer, Maryland
M: Jose Gomez, Creighton
M: Scott Caldwell, Akron
F: Ryan Finley, Notre Dame
F: Patrick Mullins, Maryland
F: Eriq Zavaleta, Indiana
GK: Spencer Richey, Washington
D: Sebastien Ibeagha, Duke
D: Chad Barson, Akron
D: Boyd Okwuonu, North Carolina
D: Kyle Venter, New Mexico
M: Ian Christianson, Georgetown
M: Dillon Powers, Notre Dame
M: Ryan Hollingshead, UCLA
M: Wil Trapp, Akron
F: Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina
F: Gyasi Zardes, CSU-Bakersfield
GK: James Belshaw, Duke
D: Eric Schoenle, West Virginia
D: London Woodberry, Maryland
D: AJ Cochran, Wisconsin
M: Kyle Bekker, Boston College
M: Chris Ritter, Northwestern
F: Chris Thomas, Elon
F: Mamadou Diouf, Connecticut
F: Will Bates, Virginia
F: Steve Neumann, Georgetown
F: Adam Jahn, Stanford