For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary's City, Md. – Junior Khalid Balogun (Bowie, Md./Bowie) picked as the St. Mary's College of Maryland Athlete of the Month for September. Balogun is earning the first Athlete of the Month award for the 2018-19 athletic campaign. This is also his first career Athlete of the Month honor.
The Department of Athletics & Recreation executive team selects the Athlete of the Month awardee each month.
The 6-4 forward guided the Seahawk men's soccer team to a 7-1-2 (1-0-0 CAC) record during September, helping St. Mary's earn a regional ranking for three straight weeks between September 18 and October 8. He paced the squad with seven goals and 18 points while ranking second with four assists. Balogun tallied at least one point in six games.
He notched a career-best five points (2 goals, 1 assist) in a 5-0 rout of Randolph-Macon College on September 12 before dishing out a career-high two assists in a 6-0 blanking of DeSales University on September 22. Balogun's second multiple-goal performance of the month happened on September 8 as he scored twice in a 3-2 victory over Virginia Wesleyan University.
At the time of his nomination, Balogun led the Capital Athletic Conference in points with 23 while ranking second with nine goals and third with five assists. He currently leads the conference in both points (27) and goals (11) while being tied for third with five assists.
The Seahawks (9-2-3, 2-1-1 CAC) will be in action this Wednesday, October 17, hosting regionally-ranked York College of Pennsylvania (9-3-2, 2-0-2 CAC) in Seahawk Stadium at 3:30 p.m. for their Breast Cancer Awareness game.
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September Athlete of the Month Honor Roll
- Sailing: Leo Boucher, Fy., Skipper, West River, Md./South River
- Women's Cross Country: Kara Taylor, So., Ellicott City, Md./Centennial
- Volleyball: Mia Griffiths, Sr., S, La Plata, Md./La Plata
- Women's Soccer: Alex Moody, So., F, Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional
- Field Hockey: Mollie Belson, Sr., M/F, Columbia, Md./Atholton
2018-19 Athletes of the Month
- September – Khalid Balogun, Men's Soccer, Jr., F, Bowie, Md./Bowie