Bath Haverling’s Lang honored nationally

Bob Benz
Bath Haverling boys soccer coach Matt Hill, left, stands with senior goalie Trevor Lang, who was named a Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at a ceremony in Kansas City.

Nationally, only 33 high school soccer-playing seniors are honored annually as Scholar All-Americans.

So while Bath Haverling’s Trevor Lang was eligible for the honor, he considered himself a longshot.

Lang’s credentials said otherwise.

With a 3.9 grade point average, which ranks first in his senior class at Bath, and an equally-impressive soccer resume, Lang was named a Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

“Coach (Matt) Hill told me that he was nominating me, but there’s only 33 in the whole country, so I didn’t have my hopes up or anything like that,” Lang said of the honor he was informed of by his coach last month. “So when I found out, it was real exciting – just that only one out of 33 got that honor.”

Lang was one of 33 high school seniors in the United States honored Jan. 14 in Kansas City, Mo. at the NSCAA’s All-American Luncheon. The luncheon also recognized the nation’s top college Scholar All-Americans.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Lang, who became the first Bath soccer player to ever receive the honor. “Being at the convention, it was just all about soccer.”

“It was real exciting to hear the news and exciting all the way around,” Hill said. “There were probably 900 people there with all the best soccer players in the entire country.”

Lang and his parents – Deanna and Steve Lang – each flew to Kansas City, along with Hill, for the luncheon. The Elks Club in Bath contributed towards the trip for Lang and his family.

“It’s the National Soccer Coaches Convention, so I try to go out to it most of the time too, but this year was a little sketchy, but since (Lang was) getting the award, I went out too,” Hill said.

Hill said players had to have a minimum 3.75 grade point average to be eligible for the honor. After that, players are evaluated for their accomplishments on the soccer field.

A second-team all-state selection as a goalie in 2011, Lang played a vital role in helping the Rams capture their fifth consecutive sectional championship.

Lang posted 12 shutouts as a senior and allowed just 11 goals in 20 games. In addition, Lang was a Livingston County Athletic Association Division I first-team all-star and was named the Section V, Class B tournament MVP in 2011.

In three seasons as the starting goalie at Bath, Lang recorded 31 shutouts and helped the Rams win three sectional titles.

Even with all of his long list of accomplishments on the soccer field, Lang plans on playing lacrosse in college for the NCAA Division I program at Holy Cross.

“I decided probably my sophomore year that lacrosse was what I wanted to do,” Lang said. “I played club lacrosse in Syracuse for the past three years and I knew that that was what I was going to do all along.”

Still, Lang expects he’ll always have a soft spot for the sport where he became a Scholar All-American.

“It’s something I’ll miss after being so successful,” Lang said

Trevor Lang with his parents Deanna and Steve Lang.