Smalley Named to Sun Belt All-Tournament Team (2016-11-14 15:58:40)

ATLANTA — Appalachian State University men’s soccer midfielder Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight) earned all-Sun Belt Tournament team recognition on Sunday evening, the league office announced after Coastal Carolina defeated Georgia State in the tournament championship.


A true freshman, Smalley worked his way into the starting lineup, starting 17 of 18 games this season for the Mountaineers. Smalley got his first collegiate goal in stunning, game-winning fashion, pushing the Black and Gold to the first win of the season in their home opener against USC Upstate. 

Upstate had battled to equalize the game late, but senior Stephen Chapman(Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) found Smalley at the top of the box in the 77th minute where he found the back of the net for one of the top moments of the season.

Smalley would return the favor to Chapman in another home matchup against Howard for the first Sun Belt Conference game of the season, when he found his senior partner in the 61st minute through the box, allowing Chapman to seal the 2-0 win for the Mountaineers.

After a successful regular season, Smalley came through in Appalachian’s first round match against Howard in the Sun Belt Championship tournament held in Atlanta, Ga. Down 2-0 late in the game, junior Rian Phillips (Anchorage, Ak./East Anchorage (Oregon State)) found the freshman slashing through the box toward the goal, allowing him to finish the goal hard to close the deficit. 

The goal wouldn’t be enough in the end, but it capped an impressive first-year campaign for the Kill Devil Hills native. He finished with two goals, one assist, five points on 13 shots (four on goal) in 1,211 minutes of action. 

All-Tournament Team
Graham Smalley (Appalachian State, Freshman, Midfielder)
Einar Einarsson (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Henrik Muller (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Defender)
Frantzdy Pierrot (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Forward)
Emil Laursen (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Defender)
Kwaku Adu-Boahene (Georgia State, Sophomore, Forward)
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Liam Fitzsimmons (Georgia State, Redshirt Sophomore, Defender)
Hamish Ritchie (Hartwick, Freshman, Midfielder)
Kenneth Hersey (Howard, Redshirt Senior, Goalkeeper)

Most Outstanding Performer
Jair Espinoza (Coastal Carolina, Sophomore, Midfielder)

Photo Courtesy: Graham Smalley (#19), App State Athletics