Centala and Herr Earn Men’s Soccer Academic All-American Honors
The pair become the first soccer player to be honored in the same season.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men’s soccer players Brad Centala and Andrew Herr were named to College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American team on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Centala was named to the second team, while Herr earned third-team honors.
This was the first time in school history that two players were honored in the same season. The last time a Spartan earned Academic All-American honors was in 2014 when midfielder Ryan Keener was named to the first-team. Overall, the duo became the fifth MSU men’s soccer plays named Academic All-America. In 2008, Doug DeMartin was named to the first team, while Tyler Robinson earned second-team honors in 2002.
Centala, a native of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, earned his first All-American honor with a 3.85 in kinesiology.
The junior defender started all 20 games this season for the Spartans, scoring the game winning-goal against in-state rival Michigan on Sept. 18. Centala played over 1,700 minutes this season, as part of the Michigan State defense that has allowed only 17 goals in 20 games. In three seasons, Centala has played in 49 games.
Centala earned Academic All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore.
Herr, a native of Millersville, Pennsylvania, owns a 3.98 GPA in packaging. He had earned Academic All-District honors the last two seasons. This was the first All-America honor for the senior midfielder.
This season, Herr started 17 of the Spartans’ 20 games. He tied for second with four assists this season to go along with his first career goal against Yale on Oct. 19. For his Spartan career, Herr has played in 80 games, starting 79. He has one career goal and seven assist for nine points.
Herr earned Academic All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and a junior. He was also named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar as a redshirt-freshman. He was also a two-time all-district selection.
The Spartans ended the season with a 13-5-2 record, advancing the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State did not lose at all at DeMartin Stadium this season ended the year with a 9-0-2 record at home.