Big South Announces 2010 Men's Soccer Awards

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - High Point forward Karo Okiomah was named the 2010 Big South Men's Soccer Player of the Year, while teammate Adam Sewell was named the Conference's Freshman of the Year as voted by the League's head coaches, it was announced today. In addition, High Point mentor Dustin Fonder was tabbed the Coach of the Year for the second-straight year and Winthrop midfielder Matt Horn was selected the Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the League's sports information directors.

Okiomah, a junior from Austin, Texas, led High Point to its first-ever Big South Regular-Season Championship as he finished the year tied for No. 1 in the League with 11 goals.  He is currently tops in the Big South with 0.85 goals per contest and is ranked No. 3 in the Conference with 1.85 points per match.  Okiomah posted at least one goal in nine of the 13 matches he played in this season, including a streak of seven-straight matches with a goal.  Okiomah notched two matches with two goals and was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week after he scored two goals and dished out one helper in High Point's 4-1 win over Richmond on Oct. 2.  Okiomah's honor marks the first time a High Point player has been named the Big South's Player of the Year.

Sewell, a midfielder from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, is the Panthers' second-straight Big South Freshman of the Year after finishing the season with one goal and one assist.  He scored his first collegiate point against Rider on Sept. 6 as he assisted on a goal in the 5-0 High Point win.  His first goal in a Panther uniform came on Oct. 30 as he headed in a corner kick to lift High Point to a 2-0 win over VMI.  Sewell played in 17 contests for the Panthers, including 15 starts.  He was also a key contributor to a Panther defense that allowed just four goals in eight Big South matches.

Fonder earns his second-straight Big South Men's Soccer Coach of the Year honor after guiding his Panthers to a perfect 8-0-0 League record and the No. 1 seed in the Big South Men's Soccer Championship.  The Panthers' undefeated mark is the first time a team has finished unscathed in the League since Coastal Carolina's 6-0-0 record in 2007.  His squad has been ranked in the NSCAA South Atlantic Region poll for seven of the 10 weeks and has climbed as high as No. 6 in the region.  The Panthers are the No. 1 seed in the Big South tournament for the first time in school history, and enter the postseason ranked No. 30 nationally by College Soccer News.

Horn's nod marks the first time since 1996 that an Eagle was named the Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

2010 BIG SOUTH MEN'S SOCCER HONORS
 
Player of the Year
Karo Okiomah, High Point

Freshman of the Year
Adam Sewell, High Point

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Matt Horn, Winthrop

Coach of the Year
Dustin Fonder, High Point

FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Forwards
Karo Okiomah, High Point
Darren Amoo, Liberty
Iyiola Awosika, Radford

Midfielders
Ross Kelly, Coastal Carolina
Fejiro Okiomah, High Point
Philip Aseweh, Liberty
Shawn Sloan, High Point

Defenders
Alex Russell, Coastal Carolina
Jon Ole Reinhardsen, Gardner-Webb
Uriah Bentick, Liberty
James Leith, Radford

Goalkeeper
Michael Chesler, High Point

At-Large
Scott Rojo, F, High Point

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Forwards
Nicolas Wrobel, Gardner-Webb
Amir Shihata, VMI
Miquel Casajuana, Winthrop

Midfielders
Justin Portillo, Coastal Carolina
Romeo Kabanda, Gardner-Webb
Brian Harding, VMI
Matt Stinson, Winthrop

Defenders
Ryan Bennett, High Point
Todd Ray, High Point
Will Stewart, High Point
Ayao Sassou, VMI

Goalkeeper
Lassi Hurskainen, UNC Asheville

At-Large
Scott Angevine, GK, Coastal Carolina

All-Freshman Team
Pedro Ribeiro, F, Coastal Carolina
Justin Portillo, MF, Coastal Carolina
Nicolas Wrobel, F, Gardner-Webb
Chris Davis, F, Gardner-Webb
Adam Sewell, MF, High Point
Alex Martinez, MF, High Point
Harrison Russell, MF, Presbyterian College
Bernardo Ulmo, MF, Radford
Luis Grande, MF, Radford
Kenneth Lingerfelt, F, UNC Asheville
Matt Stinson, MF, Winthrop
Tinotendo Chibharo, MF, Winthrop

All-Academic
Matt Horn, Winthrop
Phillip Aseweh, Liberty
Adam Hatem, High Point
Jake Sides, UNC Asheville
Romeo Kabanda, Gardner-Webb
Alex Russell, Coastal Carolina
Logan Huff, Presbyterian College
Anthony Payne, Radford
Sonny Landry, VMI