Big South Announces Men Soccer Annual Awards

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - No. 9 Coastal Carolina forward Ashton Bennett was named the 2011 Big South Men's Soccer Attacking Player of the Year, while teammate Kjartan Sigurdsson was named the Conference's Freshman of the Year.  Chanticleer defender Cyprian Hedrick was tabbed the League's inaugural Defensive Player of the Year as voted by the League's head coaches, it was announced today. In addition, Coastal Carolina mentor Shaun Docking was tabbed the Coach of the Year and High Point midfielder Shawn Sloan was selected the Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the League's sports information directors.

Bennett, a junior from Claredon, Jamaica, led his squad to the No. 1 seed in the Big South Men's Soccer Championship as he finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation in four offensive categories.  He currently tops the country with 2.67 points per game, 48 total points, 21 total goals and 1.17 goals per contest.  Bennett has 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.  He has notched six game-winning goals on the year and was named the MVP of the Virginia Commonwealth and Coastal Carolina Tournaments.  He is currently riding a streak of six-straight contests with a goal.  Bennett was a unanimous selection for Attacking Player of the Year as he finished with 18 points in the voting, ahead of Liberty's Phillip Aseweh who garnered five points.

Sigurdsson, a defender from Fludir, Iceland, started all 18 contests for the Chanticleers as a true freshman.  He was instrumental in helping the Chanticleers record back-to-back shutouts against League foes UNC Asheville and Presbyterian College, while only allowing just eight shots on goal in the two contests.  He scored a goal against then No. 23 Charlotte in his first career collegiate match and also dished out one assist in Coastal Carolina's win over Big South rival Winthrop.  Sigurdsson picked up five first-place bids and 12 points, followed by Mamadee Nyepon of High Point and Dario Redondo of Radford who each had one top vote and three points.

Hedrick, a senior from Friendswood, Texas, anchored the Coastal Carolina defense in allowing just 14 goals on the season, three of which were penalty kicks.  His play has led the Chanticleers to six shutouts, including holding then No. 21 Ohio State scoreless.  Hedrick helped Coastal Carolina hold opponents to 9.5 shots per game and a 0.77 goals against average to top the Big South.  Hedrick was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week during the week of Sept. 12 and was tabbed the Big South's Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 27.  A mainstay in the defensive backfield, Hedrick started all 18 games and missed just four minutes of action this season.  He also contributed four goals and one assist during the 2011 campaign.  Hedrick picked up six first-place bids in the voting to finish with 14 points, while Jon Ole Reinhardsen notched one top bid and 5 points.

Docking earned his sixth Big South Men's Soccer Coach of the Year nod after guiding his squad to a 16-2-0 overall record and a perfect 9-0-0 mark in Big South play to pick up Coastal Carolina's 10th Big South Regular Season Championship.  His Chanticleers are ranked No. 9 in the nation to tie Coastal's highest ranking in school history and top the nation with 3.17 goals per game and 57 total goals.  Coastal Carolina picked up wins over then No. 16 VCU and No. 21 Ohio State during the season as its .889 winning percentage is ranked No. 2 in the nation.  Docking recorded seven first-place nods and 16 points, ahead of Gardner-Webb's Tony Setzer who received three first-place votes and 12 points.

Sloan has started all 17 games for High Point this year and is second on the team with 15 points on four goals and a team-high seven assists. Sloan is currently tied for third in the Big South in assists, one shy of the co-leaders.  He has come up big in key games for HPU this season, recording a goal and an assist in wins over UNC Greensboro and VCU.  Against UNCG, Sloan scored the game-winning goal with 40 seconds remaining in double overtime.  Sloan's honor marks his second Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in the last three years.

 2011 BIG SOUTH MEN'S SOCCER HONORS

First Team All-Conference
F - Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina
F - Darren Amoo, Liberty
F - Iyiola Awosika, Radford
MF - Mitchell Cardenas, Campbell
MF - Luis Faz, Coastal Carolina
MF - Shawn Sloan, High Point
MF - Phillip Aseweh, Liberty
D - Cyprian Hedrick, Coastal Carolina
D - Pedro Ribeiro, Coastal Carolina
D - Jon Ole Reinhardsen, Gardner-Webb
D - Uriah Bentick, Liberty
GK - Scott Angevine, Coastal Carolina
Tied At Large - Kjartan Sigurdsson, Coastal Carolina
Tied At Large - Justin Portillo, Coastal Carolina

Second Team All-Conference
F - Chris Davis, Gardner-Webb
F - Karo Okiomah, High Point
F - Bryan Bartels, UNC Asheville
MF - Justin Franz, Campbell
MF - John Sargent, Gardner-Webb
MF - Adam Sewell, High Point
MF - Luis Grande, Radford
D - Travis Golden, Campbell
D - Jovan Ivanovich, Gardner-Webb
D - Fejiro Okiomah, High Point
D - Alex Isern, Winthrop
GK - Lassi Hurskainen, UNC Asheville
At Large - Aldo Macias, Radford

All-Freshman
Ricky Garbanzo, Coastal Carolina
Henrick Robstad, Coastal Carolina
Kjartan Sigurdsson, Coastal Carolina
Denzel Clark, Gardner-Webb
Eric Yeager, Gardner-Webb
Josh Pacella, Liberty
Scott Sutarik, Liberty
Jonathan Ray, Campbell
Jhuvon Francis, Campbell
Dario Redondo, Radford
Melo Matutu, Winthrop
Grady Tremble, Winthrop

Attacking Player of the Year
Ashton Bennett, F, Coastal Carolina

Freshman of the Year
Kjartan Sigurdsson, D, Coastal Carolina

Defensive Player of the Year
Cyprian Hedrick, D, Coastal Carolina

Coach of the Year
Shaun Docking, Coastal Carolina

All-Academic
Shawn Sloan, High Point
Matt Horn, Winthrop
Bobby Keskey, Presbyterian College
Ryan Taylor, Radford
Phillip Aseweh, Liberty
J.J. Morrow, UNC Asheville
Cyprian Hedrick, Coastal Carolina
Ethan Hall, Campbell
Kyle Farmer, VMI
Chris Davis, Gardner-Webb

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Shawn Sloan, High Point