By Datti Jinkiri
The United Soccer Coaches (USC) Division II All-American teams recently announced that two of their honorees were Mississippi College athletes. Women’s soccer player Emma Young was named a First Team All-American, while men’s soccer player Aurele Chemin was named a Third Team All-American.
Young started all 18 games in the center of the Lady Choctaw defense this season. She was a mainstay in the lineup all season, as there were only three occasions where the Lafayette, Louisiana, native did not play the entirety of the match.
Young anchored a defensive unit that had eight shutouts and gave up only 0.78 goals per game. Offensively, she tallied two assists, with both coming in wins against Montevallo and Valdosta State. She was named First Team All-GSC, GSC Defensive Player of the Year, and All-South Region for her efforts this season.
Young is the third women’s soccer player to be named a USC All-American. Previously, Caitlin Hayes (2017) and Katie Taylor (2019) made the team.
Chemin is Mississippi College’s first men’s soccer USC All-American. The defender started all 16 games for the ten-win Choctaws this season. He has been a mainstay with the team during his career, as he has tallied an impressive 60 starts.
With the Paris, France, native leading the way, the Choctaws gave up a conference-best 0.76 goals per game and tallied seven shutouts. Offensively, he also chipped in with two goals and two assists, with his goal against Shorter being a game-winner.
Chemin was named GSC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, as well as First Team All-GSC this season. He was also named to the All-South Region team.