North Park men’s soccer players Jonas Pettersson, Tim Ahlberg, Fredrik Greiff and Filip Lindmark earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-Region honors for the 2012 season.
Both Lindmark and Pettersson were named to the All-Region First Team, while Ahlberg and Greiff earned Second Team honors.
After a sensational first year last season, Pettersson backed up his freshman campaign with an even better sophomore year. In addition to earning All-Region honors, he earned a second-straight First Team All-CCIW honor by leading the conference in goals scored (15). He scored a hat trick twice this year in leading North Park to victories over Elmhurst College and North Central and led the conference in game-winning goals (4) as well as total points (32).
As North Park’s primary goalkeeper, Ahlberg, a senior and a native of Perrysburg, Ohio, earned his first All-Region honor as well as his third-straight All-CCIW honor this season. He led the CCIW in saves percentage with an 80 percent average and finished second in total saves (96) and third in saves per game average (4.8). He also had a conference second-best four shutouts and ranked third in shutouts per game. His 12-save performance, which was a career-high, against NCAA-tournament qualifier St. Olaf in a 1-0 victory Sept. 22 earned him CCIW Defensive Player of the Week honors Sept. 25.
Greiff, a native of Halmstad, Sweden, had a breakout season for the Vikings this year as he finished second on the team in goals scored (8) and fourth in game-winning goals. He scored a career-high three goals in a comeback victory over the University of Dubuque Oct. 2. In addition, the sophomore ranked ninth in the CCIW in goals scored and 10th in goals per game average.
As an NSCAA All-America selection for the 2012 season, Lindmark earned his first All-Region honor for finishing second on the team in assists with four and tallied four goals this season. He tied for second-best on the team in total shots (57) and was tied for sixth-best in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin in total assists. He was named to the All-CCIW First Team for the second straight season and scored his first-ever postseason goal in the Vikings record-setting 4-1 win over Washington University-St. Louis in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Lindmark will earned his degree in three years with an overall grade point average of 3.2.
North Park finished the year with a 13-3-5 record, the best under Born since the 2006 season, and for the ninth consecutive season the Vikings earned 10 or more victories. They also finished the regular season with a six-game winning streak.