Erlandson Named Soccer All American

Erlandson Named Soccer All American

Senior Jake Erlandson was recently named to the All America team of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and will be honored at a luncheon at the Los Angeles Convention Center this Saturday, January 14.

erlandsonErlandson scored 48 goals this season, tying a Dayton Christian record held by Mark Jackson (’81) for the most goals in a single season. He also holds the all-time DC record for most assists. In addition, Erlandson was named to the All State team and All Region teams for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He has been a captain of the Warrior soccer team for the past two years.

Erlandson has accomplished much on an individual level, but he points to others as the source of his success.

“I’ve had so many good trainers and coaches who have helped me along the way to reach the skill level I am at now,” said Erlandson. “On my club team, I have had really good teammates, some of whom I have played with for nine years. And here at DC, I have had guys to look up to, guys like Josh Alexander who, as a senior, helped me as a freshman to learn the ropes.”

“Coach James Holliday helped me realize that being a leader is not all about me, but about the team,” Erlandson continued. “I worried more about the team first and the individual accomplishments just came alongside that. Being named an All American was a reward of having a good team to be able to lead.”

Head coach James Holliday and assistant coach Scot Alexander both emphasize that Erlandson’s success is due to not only his abilities and work ethic, but also to his commitment to his team.

“Jake is a phenomenal leader who has learned to love the process of striving for greatness. Every award he has received was well earned with hard work, determination, and passion,” said Holliday

“A strength in Jake’s leadership and accomplishments is his acknowledgement of the importance of the team around him,” said Alexander. “Jake put in the hard work and effort throughout his career.  We are very proud of his accomplishments, and we are excited to the next chapter of his soccer journey at Mount Vernon Northern University.”