CHICKASHA – Some players experience what is called the “sophomore slump,” a sluggish second year for a player competing college athletics. Liam Madden, however, did the exact opposite.
Madden, a sophomore on the men’s soccer team at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, had a breakout year — complete with an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention accolade.
“I am proud of the year Liam had,” USAO head coach Jimmy Hampton said. “It is a reflection of his hard work and training habits. It reflects the success our team has had and hopefully, he can build on that.”
Last month, Madden received his first big award when he was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the highest honor in the conference.
Madden is USAO’s 12th player from the men’s soccer program to be named an NAIA All-American in its short history. This is the 15th time the program has been honored as three players have earned the honor multiple years.
Also, Madden is one of five players in the Sooner Athletic Conference to be named Honorable Mention this year.
The NAIA All-America committee consists of the NAIA-Men’s Soccer Coaches Association Executive Committee, the National Championship Games Committee and four men’s soccer coaches — selected based on geography.
Madden helped the Drovers (15-5, 9-1) win their sixth SAC Tournament Championship and a fifth straight trip to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round.
Starting in all 20 games of the season, Madden is tied with teammate Nicolas Alberto in total goals with 10 on the season and leads the Drovers in assists with nine.
He is third in the SAC and No. 39 in the NAIA in total assists this season.
For his career, he has 11 goals and 11 assists.
Madden is a physical education sophomore from Dumbarton, Scotland, and the son of Vincent and Teresa Madden.