Coastal Men's Soccer Players Receive Accolades
CONWAY - Cyprian Hedrick, Pedro Ribeiro, Ashton Bennett and Scott Angevine have been named to the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I All-South Atlantic Team by the NSCAA. Hedrick, Ribeiro and Bennett were named to the first team while Angevine received second team honors.
Bennett is among 15 semifinalists for the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. He tallied an NCAA-leading 23 goals, including nine game-winners. The Big South Attacking Player of the Year finished the season ranked first in three offensive categories including total goals (23), total points (53.0) and points per game (2.41) as well as second in goals per game (1.05). Nationally, Bennett also ranks 47th with seven assists on the year and 99th in assists per game (.32). The Claredon, Jamaica, native posted seven multi-goal games during the 2011 campaign, including hat tricks against Richmond and Liberty. He was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Week during the week of Oct. 24 in addition to being named to its National Team of the Week on three occasions. Bennett was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week twice this season. Additionally, was named the MVP of the Virginia Commonwealth and Coastal Carolina tournaments.
Hedrick was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year in addition to being named to First Team All-Big South. He was tabbed to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week as Coastal defeated then 16th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth and George Washington. The Friendswood, Texas, native helped the Chanticleer defense hold opponents to only 0.90 goals per game and a 9.7% shot percentage.
In addition to being named First Team All-Big South Ribeiro led the team with eight assists, which was good enough for 20th in the national rankings. Ribeiro ranked second on the team in total points (26), goals (9) and tied for the team lead with seven assists. He was tabbed to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week and Big South Player of the Week. The sophomore from Bello Horizonte, Brazil, also recorded two game-winning goals for the Chants.
Angevine started in net in all 22 games for the Chanticleers, recording five shutouts while combining on seven total clean sheets. The senior keeper from Kansas City, Kan., finished the season tied for first place in Coastal Carolina history with 16 career shutouts. He was a two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week and also received First Team All-Big South honors.
Aseweh, Bentick Named to All-Region Team
Lynchburg, Va. - Liberty midfielder Phillip Aseweh and defender Uriah Bentick have been named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I South Atlantic Region team.
Aseweh was selected to the team for the first time, while Bentick was named to the team for the second consecutive year. Both played key roles for 2011 Big South Champion Liberty, which finished the year with an 11-6-3 record.
Named to the squad's second team, Aseweh was selected to the Big South all-conference first team for the second consecutive year in 2011. The midfielder started all 20 games for the Flames this season, compiling a team-leading 22 points on seven goals and eight assists. He finished the year tied for the lead in assists and fourth in points in the Big South. In addition, the senior ranked 18th in the nation in assists.
During the season, Aseweh was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week and Big South Attacking Player of the Week for Sept. 21. He also earned selection to the SoccerAmerica Team of the Week for the same week. During the prior seven days, the midfielder scored three goals and recorded an assist, as Liberty defeated No. 10 Virginia, 2-0, and Howard, 4-0.
In addition, the Navrongo, Ghana native became the second Liberty men's soccer player in program history to be named to the prestigious Capital One Men's Soccer Academic All-America University Division national team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
After being selected to the all-region second team in 2010, Bentick was selected to the third team this year. The defender received his second consecutive Big South All-Conference first team selection in 2011.
The junior had his best offensive year as a Flame, compiling 12 points with four goals and four assists in 19 games this past season. The point total is a career-high for the defender. He posted a point in three consecutive games on two different occasions during the season.
Bentick, a native of Port of Spain, Trinidad, was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 21. He was a member of Liberty's defensive unit which allowed 0.95 goals per game and recorded a Big South-leading nine shutouts.
Okiomah Earns 2011 NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region Honors
Senior forward Karo Okiomah was named to the 2011 Division I All-South Atlantic third-team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Friday. It is the third-straight year that Okiomah has been named to the All-Region squad.
"It is a very good accomplishment for Karo to have been named to the All-South Atlantic third team," head coach Dustin Fonder said. "We are so proud of him and all that he has been able to achieve over his four years at HPU. We wish him all the best as he now pursues his professional ambitions."
Okiomah played in 20 matches with 19 starts in 2011 and finished the season second on HPU with 17 points on seven goals and three assists. He tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals. Okiomah finishes his Panther career second in the High Point Div. I career record books with 68 points on 29 goals and 10 assists. He is also second in team history in goals scored and his 0.43 goals per game is an HPU Div. I record.
Okiomah was previously named to the All-South Atlantic third team as a sophomore and was both a member of the All-South Atlantic first team and a third-team All-American as a junior.
Awosika Named to All-South Atlantic Team
RADFORD, Va. - Senior Iyiola Awosika (London, England) of the Radford men's soccer team has been named to the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Division I All-South Atlantic Team, as announced last week.
"Iyiola had another successful season in leading the attack for our team," said Highlander head coach Marc Reeves. "He showed against some of the top teams in the nation he has the speed and power to cause real problems for defenders."
Awosika, the Highlanders' leading scorer in 2011, finished the regular season ranked among league leaders in goals (3rd / 9), goals per game (3rd / 0.50), points (T-3rd / 21), points per game (4th / 1.17) and game-winning goals (T-3rd / 2).
In addition to his most recent accolade, Awosika is a three-time all-conference performer and was tabbed Big South Freshman of the Year in 2008
"He has had an outstanding career at Radford and been one of the very top players in the Big South for the past four years. Iyiola works very hard in the classroom and has been dedicated to maximizing his athletic potential."
The four-year starter finished his illustrious career ranked among the school's all-time leaders in goals, total points and penalty kicks made.
"I truly believe Iyiola has the ability to play at the next level and we look forward to helping him and hopefully seeing his playing career extend on."
Recently, Awosika was also tabbed one of college soccer's Top-100 seniors by Top Drawer Soccer.
"Iyiola Awosika" Forward Radford: Extremely fast - may be one of the fastest kids in college - has a nose for goal but not sufficiently aggressive on the dribble. Strong enough to hold onto the ball with opponents draping on him. Superior quickness."
For just the second time in the last decade, Radford finished its campaign with a winning record.
After a journey that included games against four nationally-ranked foes, including once top-ranked Maryland, the Highlanders concluded the 2011 season 9-8-2 overall and 4-4-1 in the highly competitive Big South Conference.
Mitchell Cardenas Named to All-Region and All-State Men's Soccer Teams
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Mitchell Cardenas of Campbell University has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region third team. The junior midfielder has also been selected to the all-state team by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA).
A product of Mexico City, Mexico, Cardenas was also named to the 2011 Big South all-conference first team and all-tournament unit last month.
Cardenas finished ninth among league scoring leaders with 18 points on six goals and six assists. A former All-Greater Houston selection at College Park (Texas) High School, Cardenas scored five of his goals and assisted on two others in 9 regular season games against league competition.
"I am thrilled and honored that Mitchell has been recognized by the NSCAA on the all-region team and on the all-state team," said Campbell head coach Steve Armas. "Not only are these awards a reflection of his excellent performance this season, but also of the support of his teammates. I am proud of Mitchell's accomplishments over the years and he has been an integral part of our successes at Campbell. It is a privilege to coach a player with Mitchell's abilities, and it has been an even greater pleasure to watch him grow and mature into the player he has become."
Cardenas scored twice and assisted on CU's other goal in a 3-1 victory over Liberty on Oct. 25. Four days later, Cardenas scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 triumph over VMI. As a result, Cardenas was named Big South attacking player of the week for Oct. 25-31 and gained national team of the week honors from CollegeSoccerNews.com.
He established career highs for games started (20), minutes played (1730), goals (6) and points (18). Cardenas was also named the offensive MVP and to the all-tournament team at the UNCW adidas Classic in September when he had a hand in three of CU's four goals scored as the Camels defeated Wofford (1-0) and Hartford (3-2) in the event.
He also provided the game-winning assist in Campbell's 1-0 overtime triumph over North Carolina State on Oct. 4. The Fighting Camels finished the 2011 season at 9-9-2 overall, 5-4-0 (third place) in the Big South.
Over his 57-match career, Cardenas has accounted for 48 points on 14 goals and 20 assists. He is just two shy of becoming the 30th player in Campbell's 49-year men's soccer history to reach the 50-career point level.
He was one of nine Big South Conference players selected to the All-South Atlantic Region teams and the first Camel to gain all-region honors since Vince Petrasso accomplished the feat in 2009.
Cardenas was a first-team Atlantic Sun Conference choice in 2010 after earning A-Sun second-team and all-freshman honors in 2009.