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    Ratner Named to Academic All-District V First Team

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Drew Ratner has helped lead the Wildcats to nine shutouts this season.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Drew Ratner has helped lead the Wildcats to nine shutouts this season.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Nov. 1, 2007

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern University redshirt junior Drew Ratner has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District V Men's Soccer First Team. By virtue of his first-team selection, Ratner is now eligible for Academic All-America consideration.

    A native of Dallas, Texas, Ratner carries a 3.53 grade-point average while majoring in psychology. He has been an Academic All-Big Ten pick each of the past two years. Ratner has started 15 of 16 matches for the Wildcats while leading them to a No. 12 national ranking and an 11-3-2 overall record. The defender has played a key role in guiding Northwestern to a school-record nine shutouts so far this season and a 0.54 goals-against average that ranks in the top 10 nationally.

    Ratner was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 24 after the team posted a shutout win at then-No. 19 Ohio State. He was also recognized as the most valuable player of the Northern Illinois University adidas/Baymont Inn Invitational earlier this year after Northwestern earned a pair of wins without allowing a goal while scoring one himself.

    CoSIDA District V encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin along with Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario. Members of CoSIDA in the region vote for academic all-district honors, with members of the first team from eight districts qualifying for the national ballot of the Academic All-America men's and women's soccer teams.

    Northwestern winds up its regular season at 5 p.m. Saturday as it hosts Green Bay at Lakeside Field.

    District 5 First Team
    Chay Cain - Indiana - Goalkeeper
    Mike Lewis - Eastern Illinois - Midfielder
    Zeke Dombrowski - Milwaukee - Midfielder
    Ryan Miller - Notre Dame - Midfielder
    Todd Reedy - Bradley - Defender
    Drew Ratner - Northwestern - Defender
    Malcolm DeBaun - Loyola (Chicago) - Defender
    Adam Gartner - Eastern Illinois - Defender
    Cory Rellas - Notre Dame - Defender
    Victor Diaz - Wisconsin - Forward
    Markian Zyga - Loyola (Chicago) - Forward
    Eric Weigman - IUPUI - Forward