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April 28, 2008

PSU Men’s Soccer player to play in Senior All-Star Game

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the standout members of the Plymouth State University men's soccer program has been invited to participate in the annual New England Intercollegiate Soccer League Senior All-Star Game this Saturday (May 3) in Worcester, Mass.

            Senior defender Takeru Tanikawa (Shizuoka, Japan/Tilton Prep, N.H.) will represent the Panthers in the NEISL All-Star Game Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Clark University.  Division I, II and III all-stars will be divided evenly among the two teams and the annual awards will be presented at halftime.

            Takeru (right) completed an outstanding career for the Panthers in 2007, when he was named First Team All-Little East Conference after moving to a defender position to help the team.  In addition to helping control the defensive end of the field, he finished third on the team with nine points and second on the team with four goals.  A four-year veteran and three-year starter, Tanikawa completed his career with 14 goals, four assists and 30 points. He helped the team to a 37-27-9 record over the past four seasons, with three ECAC New England Tournament berths.

            Takeru is following in the footsteps of several other former Panthers who have played in the Senior All-Star game in recent years, including goalie Brad Wilby in 2004, defender Nick Libera in 2005, defenders Steve Balgach and Steve Libera in 2006, and defender Bryan Biederman  and forward Felix Rosen last spring.

            The NEISL was founded in 1934, making it the older soccer league in the American Collegiate ranks today.  There are nearly 80 institutions that comprise the NEISL, representing Divisions I, II and III and NAIA Athletic Associations. 

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