Tony Jones | December 23, 2016
In recognition of stellar academic and athletic achievement during the 2016 season, University of Notre Dame men’s soccer senior defender Brandon Aubrey (Plano, Texas) was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America first team on Thursday. The scholar All-America scroll was the first national academic honor for Aubrey during his collegiate career.
Aubrey became the 10th NSCAA Scholar All-America first team selection in Irish program history, joining Ryan Miller (2007), Matt Besler (2008), Michael Thomas (2009), Steven Perry (2010), Jeb Brovsky (2010), Dillon Powers (2012), Grant Van De Casteele (2013), Harrison Shipp (2013) and Patrick Hodan (2014). Besler and Shipp were each named the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year during their respective seasons on the first team.
Aubrey enjoyed a breakout season as a central defender for Notre Dame in 2016, finishing second on the Irish roster with a career-high nine goals and 19 points in 21 starts. Aubrey’s goal and point totals were both the highest recorded by a defender under head coach Bobby Clark (since 2001), and ranked among the top five players overall in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Aubrey delivered three game-winning goals for Notre Dame, and added the program’s first hat trick since 2012 after scoring three of the four Irish goals in a 4-1 win over then No. 15 Virginia Tech on Sept. 9.
Rated the top ranked upperclassman in NCAA Division I soccer in TopDrawerSoccer’s Midseason Men’s National Top 100, as well as a member of the 2016 TDS Men’s Division I Best XI first team, Aubrey concluded his Notre Dame career with 15 goals and four assists (34 points) in 76 match appearances (63 starts) split between central midfield and center back. After moving full-time to the Irish back line in 2014, Aubrey connected on 14 of his 15 career goals, added all four assists, accounted for five game-winning goals, was a perfect 5-for-5 converting penalty kicks, and helped preside over 24 team clean sheets.