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(MSU Billings release)

BILLINGS – Rewarded for his excellence on the field and in the classroom during the 2017 season, Montana State University Billings men’s soccer junior captain Guillaume Kremer was named a United Soccer Coaches academic all-region selection announced by the organization on Thursday.

Kremer, a first-team all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference and second-team D2CCA all-region selection this year, added the regional academic honors to his resume for maintaining a 3.73 grade point average while studying business.

The Metz, France native was one of eight Yellowjackets to earn academic all-conference honors during the regular season as well. “This award shows again what kind of exceptional season Guillaume has had,” commented MSUB head coach Alex Balog. “The fact that our coaching peers are the ones to award it is proof that they hold Guillaume in high regard, both as a player and a student. After receiving the USC team academic award and being honored with eight GNAC academic all-conference selections, this is again proof that our program doesn’t just focus on what happens on the field, but also on what happens in the classroom.”

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Kremer led the team and ranked fourth in the league with nine goals and 23 total points. He was unanimously selected by the GNAC coaches among the top-11 players in the league, after emerging as a set piece specialist with seven of his goals coming off free kicks. He found the net with two game-winning goals, and took 88 of the team’s 90 corner kicks this season. Kremer started all 19 games for MSUB, and led the squad with 1,703 minutes played. His 60 shots were the second most in the conference, and he earned GNAC Player of the Week recognition for Sept. 11-17 after a goal and two assists in two games.

A consistent threat on the attack, Kremer scored in five consecutive matches from Oct. 14-Nov. 2, tying for the second longest streak in program history. His five assists were the most on the team, and he notched his first career multi-goal game against Northwest Nazarene on Sept. 21.

MSUB finished the season with a record of 9-10 overall, and took fourth place in the final GNAC standings with a league record of 6-6. Kremer is the first MSUB player to earn academic all-region honors since Chris Andre earned CoSIDA academic all-district following the 2010 season. Other academic all-region selections from MSUB include Sam Charles from 2007-09, Tom Milroy in 2008, and Justin Hoskins in 2007-08.

A full listing of the 2017 USC academic all-west region team can be found online here.

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