Earlier this week, two members of the Wabash soccer team were selected as members of the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-Region Team. Cristian Aleman ’22 and Coledon Johnson ’23 received the honors after a strong season in which the Little Giants finished 4th in the NCAC standings with an 11-6-2 record.
Aleman, a senior from El Paso, TX, was selected as one of three defenders for the All-Region VII first team. In his time at Wabash, he has earned 55 appearances and scored four goals, including the winner against Hiram earlier this year.
“Cristian and Coledon have both had great seasons,” said head soccer coach Chris Keller. “Cristian paired with captain Josh Scott made a great duo. The work Cristian put in the weight room and studying the position really propelled him to a stellar season. He is one of the best athletes I’ve coached.” NCAA-leading goal scorer Johnson was also selected for the All-Region VII second team. A clinical striker from Indianapolis, IN, he scored 12 goals this season while also picking up five assists. With three braces and two game-winning goals across the 2021 season, Johnson will no doubt enter his senior year brimming with confidence on the pitch.
“Coledon came in and just got to work,” said Keller. “He scored many big goals against big teams including Chicago, Rose Hulman, DePauw, and Kenyon, among others. He was the leading scorer in the conference and also a dual threat with his assists. His desire to improve and not be satisfied will make him a big threat next season as well.”
These two selections come just weeks after four members of the team, including Johnson and Aleman, were honored as members of the 2021 North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Team. Alexis Delgado ’23 and Jerry Little ’24 made up the other two members of Little Giants honored for the season.