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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 | Men's Soccer
Gartner Named Academic All-American
Gartner, a Third Team selection, is the second EIU men’s soccer player in as many years to be recognized. Classmate
Gartner is currently also one of 10 finalists nationally for the
A senior finance major, the
Gartner is the 12th Panther of the decade, including the eighth since the beginning of the 2006-07 school year, to receive Academic All-America honors.
As one of the most consistent and versatile players in recent program history, Gartner started 57 consecutive games from November 2005 through October of this year. Only a yellow card accumulation suspension was able to snap the streak. He ranked second on the team in minutes (1,666) after going the distance in 17 of the 18 games in which he played.
He also lined up wherever he was needed, shuttling back and forth between midfielder and defender during his career. He started all but one game (the second contest of his freshman year) in which he saw action.
Gartner finished his four years as a Panther with eight goals and 18 assists, scoring twice and assisting on three other goals this fall. His career assist total ranks second in EIU’s Missouri Valley Conference era (1996-present) and ninth overall in the 45 years of the program.
Perhaps more importantly though, Gartner and his classmates led the Panthers to 33 victories during their careers. In 2006 and 2007, Eastern posted its first consecutive double-figure win totals since the late 80s.
Gartner was the lone Valley player recognized this fall. He was one of six players honored from District V, which encompasses schools based in
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