Pair of Herkimer College men's soccer players, including Proctor grad Somow, named NJCAA All-Americans

Utica native Ali Somow, and Generals sophomore Alex Charles were both named as NJCAA Division III All-Americans for their play in the 2020-21 season.

Posted: Jul 8, 2021 11:03 PM

HERKIMER, N.Y. - After yet another championship season for the Herkimer College men's soccer team, two players are being recognized nationally for their contributions.

Freshman midfielder Ali Somow and sophomore forward Alex Charles have earned All-American selections, the school announced, Thursday.

Somow, a Utica native and Proctor High School grad, was named to the NJCAA Division III All-American Second Team.

In his first season with the Generals, Somow scored eight goals and had one assist in nine games. Three of his goals were game-winners.

"Ali was a huge part of our offense this season," said Generals head coach Pepe Aragon. "He came in as a freshman and made an immediate impact."

Charles, from St. Kitts, was named to the NJCAA Division III First Team after notching three goals and four assists in the nine-game shortened season.

"Alex was a tremendous leader both on and off the field for us this past spring," said Aragon. "He exemplifies what a true student-athlete should be."

Charles is also one of just 25 players nationally throughout all three divisions to be named to the United Soccer Coaches Junior College Men's All-America Team for the 2020-21 season.

He will be continuing his college soccer career at NCAA Division I St. Francis University in Pennsylvania next year.

"I am so proud of both of these guys," said Aragon. "They are class acts."

The Generals beat local rival MVCC for the Region III championship before advancing to the NJCAA DIII semifinal game, where they fell in double-overtime to Camden County College.

They ended their season at 6-2-1 overall.

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