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Eric Schoenle

West Virginia
Business Administration


Schoenle has chosen one of the most difficult majors at WVU in business administration (concentrating on business management) and carries a 3.03 GPA. He will graduate in December 2012, completing his academic career in just three and a half years. Schoenle has been a member of the Dean’s List, a three-time Big East Academic All-Star and a three-time member of the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.


Schoenle has developed into the premier center back in college soccer through hard work and consistency. He never felt slighted when overlooked by many as a recruit coming out of high school and it’s because of that “ever-steady” personality, that he has proven time and time again to be one of college soccer’s brightest stars. As an All-American defender and one of the top seniors available for the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) draft, Schoenle’s commitment to excellence is proven not just on the field, but also in the classroom, where he will graduate in three and a half years this December 2012.


Schoenle has participated in numerous community services activities that include volunteering at the Monongalia Youth Soccer Association’s Award Ceremony, volunteering at the WV United Youth Soccer Training and volunteering at local elementary school’s soccer practices. He also has participated in Reading Programs at local elementary schools and at the 2011 Thank-A-Thon. Schoenle makes frequent appearances at local soccer day camps.


Schoenle was a preseason All-American and a member of the Hermann Trophy Watch List and has not failed to disappoint in 2012. WVU holds a 9-5-2 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in the conference. He currently leads the Mountaineers with six goals heading into the MAC Tournament, including two game-winning goals. Facing elimination from qualifying for the MAC Tournament, Schoenle scored a goal in the 84th minute of play against Bowling Green to qualify the Mountaineers for the tournament. He has a .556 shots on goal percentage after converting six-of-10 shots for goals. Most recently, Schoenle was named an All-MAC First Team defender, as well as a CollegeSportsMadness.com All-MAC First Team defender. Defensively, Schoenle has held opponents to an average of just 3.1 shots on goal per game.

As a junior, Schoenle was named an NSCAA third team All-American, as well as first team All-Northeast region. He was honored as a second team All-Big East member and started all 20 matches at the center back position. He was third on the team in points (9) and goals (3), recorded two game-winners on six shots on-goal and played full 90 minutes and overtime in 18 matches. He was a member of the CollegeSoccerNews Team of the Week on 8/29 and 10/31. In 2010, Schoenle was named to the NSCAA third team All-Northeast. He earned a spot on the All-Big East third team, started 20 matches at the center back position, scored five goals and registered two assists and was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on 10/25.

As a freshman, he had the most decorated freshman season in school history. He was named to the All-BIG EAST Rookie Team, earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Northeast Region team, garnered TopDrawerSoccer All-Rookie first team and CollegeSoccerNews All-Freshman second team accolades, started all 18 contests on the defense and was the only position player to log every minute (1,767) on the pitch. He was part of a defensive unit that allowed 12 goals that translated into only 0.61 goals per game – eighth-best mark in the country and was named to the UNC Wilmington All-Tournament Team.