The University of Chicago men's soccer reign as national champions fell just short in the NCAA tournament, but they still have plenty to be happy about. This point was driven home once more as a combined four Maroons were named to the first or second teams in the United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-Region lists.
Third year midfielder Lyndon Hu and fourth year forward Ryan Yetishefsky topped the list for the Maroons as each earned first team recognition.
Hu, a first team All-UAA selection, started 19 of the 20 games he played in this season. The midfielder scored three goals and added three assists for a total of nine points on the year. He was also a perfect 1-for-1 on penalty kick attempts. This serves as Hu's second straight USC All-Region first team nod.
Yetishefsky, a first team All-UAA member and the conference's co-offensive player of the year, tallied 12 goals and had five assists all of which led to a career single-season high of 29 points. The senior had five game winning goals as well including the golden strike in their second-round game against Ohio Wesleyan with less than a minute left to go before overtime. Yetishefsky was named to the USC All-Region Third Team in 2021.
Joining Yetishefsky and Hu are USC All-Region second team members third year defender Jack Leuker and fourth year midfielder Robbie Pino.
Leuker, a first team All-UAA member and the conference's defensive player of the year, played and started in all 20 games for the Maroons and helped anchor a defense that allowed less than a goal per game. He scored three goals and assisted on five others for a career single season high of 17 points. He also had the game winning goal against Emory back on October 28th.
Pino earns his first USC nod behind a season where he scored six goals and had four assists for a total of 14 points. His six tallies were good for a career single season high while his four helpers matched his total from the 2022 season. Pino was on the other end of Yetishefsky's game winner against the Battling Bishops that allowed the Maroons to advance to the second weekend in the NCAA tournament.
The Maroons made it to the NCAA quarterfinals but saw their season end early thanks to a St. Olaf goal with two minutes left in the contest. They finished another successful year with a 11-3-6 overall record and went 4-1-2 in UAA play.