The awards keep coming in for Appalachian State University men's soccer senior, Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga), as he was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-American Team. Chasteen was voted to the second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Chasteen is one of three Sun Belt players to earn the prestigious honor, while he is named Academic All-American for the first time in his career. The Blowing Rock, N.C. native is the first Mountaineer since Stephen Chapman in 2016 to be recognized for his efforts on and off the field. Chasteen boasted an impressive 3.91 GPA in Exercise Science.
"We are very happy for Jake to receive this recognition," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "He has always made his academics a top priority. He is a great example for our team moving forward with his achievements. Jake had a stellar senior year for us with him being named First-Team All-Sun Belt, Sun Belt Co-Player of the Year and now Academic All-American."
After receiving the All-District honor, Chasteen joins 32 other players from such schools as Syracuse, Michigan, Notre Dame, Marquette, North Carolina, Stanford, and Duke.
Chasteen registered the most shutouts in the Sun Belt with seven, which is also tied for the second most in a single season in program history and is tied for 21st in the country. His .844 goals against average were the highest in the Sun Belt and 37th in the nation, while he posted a league-high .762 save percentage.
His stellar numbers and contribution to the Mountaineers' first winning season since 2012 with an 8-5-3 mark on top of their first Sun Belt winning record at 2-1-1 led to being named Sun Belt Co-Player of the Year and All-First Team. He
became the first Mountaineer since 1989 (Carlos Lee) to garner a conference player of the year honor.
Off the field, Chasteen exemplifies what being a student-athlete is all about. In the summer he interned in Monrovia, Liberia with Samaritan's Purse with World Medical Mission, assisting the ELWA Hospital and the active ministry. Jake will graduate in December with a degree in exercise science with a pre-professional concentration and a minor in chemistry.
For his career, Chasteen finished with an impressive .96 goals against average in four seasons with a .758 save percentage and 138 saves. In three of his four seasons, he posted a GAA of 1 or less, while allowing no more than 15 goals in any of his four years.