ODU Men's Soccer BIO
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Mertcan Akar
Player Profile:
Mertcan Akar 3012544
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 194
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Cologne, Germany
High School: Albert Schweitzer Gymnasium
Other College: Belmont University
Experience: Transfer

2017 (So.): The sophomore played and stared in all 21 games for the Monarchs... Ended the season with 82 saves placing him 19th nationally... Akar tallied 10 shutouts... Posted 1,941 minutes in goal for the Monarchs... Ended the season with 1.25 games against average... Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week three times (9/18, 10/1, 10/23). Named 2017 C-USA Golden Glove Winner. Member of the 2017 C-USA All-Conference Team... Named the All-Tournament Defensive Player... Named to the United Soccer Coaches Division I Men's Soccer All-Southeast Region First Team. 

2016 (Belmont):
 Led the nation in saves with 109, four more than second place Kenneth Hersey (Howard, 105) ... Ended the season with 6.06 saves per game placing him second nationally ... Earned Horizon League All-Freshman team laurels for his impressive season ... Named the Horizon Defensive Player of the Week (8/29/16) ... Played in 18 games for the Bruins totaling 1615:27 minutes in net ... Allowed 33 goals and collected a 1.84 goal-against-average ... Tallied 109 saves on the season for a .768 save percentage and shutout opponents three times ... Recorded a season-high 14 saves in an early season game against Dayton and followed with another impressive performance of 11 saves against Clevland State ... 

Personal: A transfer from Belmont University ... Played club soccer for FC Viktoria Cologne in Cologne, Germany ... Born on July 18, 1996 in Cologne, Germany ... Son of Nihst and Meryem Akar ... Has a brother Anil and a sister Helin ...

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