Libertowski Earns All-Ohio Nod, Three Others Named Academic All-Ohio

Libertowski Earns All-Ohio Nod, Three Others Named Academic All-Ohio

Ashland University sophomore forward Justin Libertowski was recently selected to the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association All-Ohio Men's NCAA Division II/NAIA second team.

Additionally, the organization released its Academic All-Ohio team and listed three Ashland junior midfielders among its honorees –John Duldner, Alexander Majors and Jordan Dees. Duldner, a biology student with a 4.0 grade point average, had the highest GPA on the OSCA Academic All-Ohio squad.

Libertowski put together one of the finest attacking seasons in the history of the AU men's soccer program, scoring 13 goals and adding two assists. His 13 goals tied for the fifth-most all-time and were the most by any Ashland scorer since 2010.

He was selected to the All-GLIAC second team, despite leading the GLIAC in goals. He recorded a hat trick in the season opener against Lake Erie, and also closed the season on an incredible goal-scoring run. Libertowski scored nine goals in his last 11 games, helping Ashland win the GLIAC Tournament championship and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

He scored the first goal in Ashland's comeback from a 2-0 deficit against Parkside in the GLIAC Tournament semifinal. The Eagles won that game, 3-2, in overtime. Libertowski also had a goal in Ashland's 3-0 win in the GLIAC title game and scored twice in a 4-3 overtime defeat to Saginaw Valley in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Duldner joined Libertowski on the All-GLIAC second team and starred as a central midfielder last season. The captain provided two goals and three assists on the season, picking up two assists in the Eagles' 3-0 win in the GLIAC championship game.

Majors played in 17 games and started six, both in the midfield and on the back line. He finished the season with on assist, which came Libertowski's game-winning goal in overtime against Davenport on Oct. 7. Majors has a 3.7 GPA as a finance major. 

Dees played in 20 games and made 18 starts as a roving midfielder for the Eagles, playing a major role in interrupting opponents' possession. He also scored a goal against Davenport on Sept. 21. Dees is a marketing major with a 3.6 GPA.

The Eagles finished the 2018 season with an 8-10-3 overall record after a 2-8-1 start to the season. Ashland was then unbeaten in its next four games start an impressive run to the conference championship. It was just the Eagles' third season since the program returned from a three-year hiatus. They earned the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and lost in a wild overtime game to Saginaw Valley, 4-3.

Ashland is coached by Oliver Slawson, who wrapped up his third season at the helm.