Loebe & Nuhu Named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Preseason Best XI Team
Bronx, N.Y. - (Aug. 20, 2018) – In the lead-up to the college men's soccer season this weekend, Top Drawer Soccer released its Preseason Top 25 Poll, as well as its Preseason Best XI Teams. After being 16th in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, Fordham was put in the receiving votes category for the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25 poll, while seniors Janos Loebe (Kierspe, Germany) and Rashid Nuhu (Accra, Ghana) were list on the Bext XI Second Team. They were joined on the Second Team by Portland's Benji Michel, SMU's Garrett McLaughlin, Louisville's Tate Schmitt, VCU's Siad Haji, Albany's Daniel Krutzen, Manny Perez of N.C. State, Charlotte's Callum Montgomery, Seattle's Nathan Aune, and Brown's Jack Hagstorm. Loebe, who was on the preseason Hermann Award Watch List, was a 2017 Third Team All-American by College Soccer News, as well as being First Team All-Atlantic 10 and First Team United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region, after leading the Rams in scoring with 23 points on seven goals and nine assists. He was also named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week twice last season, while being among the national leaders in assists and game-winning goals (4) throughout the year. For his career, Loebe has started 61 of 62 games, and already ranks in the top ten at Fordham in goals (T10th – 19), assists (T3rd – 20), and points (10th – 58). Nuhu was also a First Team All-Atlantic 10 in 2017, while being a Second Team United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region and a First Team All-ECAC pick. He set the school record for minutes played by a goalkeeper (2140), as well as wins (14) last season. He posted 11 shutouts, which is the second-highest total in school history, while his 0.84 goals against average rated as the sixth-best. He was also a part of a Fordham defense, that ranked 17th in the NCAA in shutout percentage and 25th in goals against average. For his career, Nuhu is second in career goals against average (0.93), third in minutes played (5413) and shutouts (24), and fourth in career appearances in goal (58). Fordham opens its 2018 season on Friday, August 24th, at Holy Cross.