USA South 2018 Men's Soccer Awards Announced

USA South 2018 Men's Soccer Awards Announced

The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2018 All-Conference awards for men's soccer. Greensboro College's Jordy Briceno was named Player of the Year, William Peace's Ivan Ponce claimed Rookie of the Year honors while his coach, Ryan Huber, collected Coach of the Year accolades. The final individual award went to Ryan Jorgensen from Maryville College as the inaugural winner of the Goalkeeper of the Year. Additionally, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team, consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the men's soccer coach at each institution.

Briceno, a sophomore midfielder from Cali, Colombia, becomes the second Greensboro men's soccer player to be named USA South Player of the Year in as many years. He currently has compiled 31 points, 13 goals and four-game winning scores, all of which rank him in the top-two among League performers. In Conference-only contests, Briceno scored 12 times, four of which were game-winners, with four assists. For his efforts this fall, Briceno was named First Team All-Conference after claiming Second Team honors last season. Finally, he was named USA South Player of the Week three times this year.

Ponce, a Clinton, North Carolina, freshman forward, becomes the first Pacer in the short history of the program to collect a USA South individual accolade in the sport of men's soccer. He currently is tied for third in the League in both goals (12) and assists (7) while ranking tied for second with 31 points which leads all Conference rookies. Ponce also added three game-winning goals, all versus League opponents, this season. In USA South-only contests, Ponce totaled ten goals and four assists for 24 points which ranked third in the Conference. Ponce earns First Team All-Conference honors as a forward to go along with two USA South Rookie of the Week accolades this fall.

Jorgensen, a Maryville, Tennessee, senior becomes just the second Scot player in program history to earn a USA South individual honor (Caleb Lucas, 2016). He currently leads the League with a 0.71 goals against average, an .817 save percentage and is tied for the top spot with 12 total wins. Jorgensen has also added five shutouts this fall. In USA South-only contests, Jorgensen compiled a League-best ten wins and a 0.71 goals against average. Jorgensen earns First Team All-Conference honors as a goalkeeper for the third consecutive season to go along with three USA South Defensive Player of the Week accolades this fall.

Huber, in his second year at William Peace, earns his and the program's first USA South Coach of the Year honor in the sport of men's soccer. In just the fifth season as a varsity program, the Pacers established a new program high for Conference wins in a season by earning a 6-3-3 record, besting their previous best effort of 2-8-1 last fall. William Peace placed third in the East Division standings which far exceeded its expectations of sixth as ranked by the Conference coaches during the preseason. Additionally, with an 8-5-5 overall record, Huber's squad bested the previous high for wins in a season which was six. Finally, under Huber's guidance, the Pacers qualified for the USA South Tournament for the first time in program history.

 
Player of the Year Rookie of the Year Goalkeeper of the Year Coach of the Year

Jordy Briceno
Greensboro

Ivan Ponce
William Peace

Ryan Jorgensen
Maryville

Ryan Huber
William Peace
 

The 2018 USA South Men's Soccer All-Conference Team:

First Team
Forward
Cameron Earls, Piedmont
Darli Mihindou, Greensboro
Ivan Ponce, William Peace

Midfield
Carlos Barragan, Greensboro
Jordy Briceno, Greensboro
Chris Fernandez, Maryville
Jesse Riggs, Covenant

Defense
Joe Brooks, N.C. Wesleyan
Kyle Fisher, Greensboro
Jose Garcia, William Peace
Nate Long, Maryville 

Goalkeeper
Ryan Jorgensen, Maryville
Second Team
Forward
Jorge Aguilar, William Peace
Jude McEvoy, LaGrange
Randy Reichenberger, Maryville
Sheriff Secka, N.C. Wesleyan

Midfield
Mamadou Jallow, N.C. Wesleyan
Aaron Latigue, William Peace
Jose Linares, Piedmont

Defense
Gavin Dougherty, Maryville
Christopher Kitchen, Covenant
Ryan Mule, Greensboro
Nick Pope, Piedmont

Goalkeeper
Paul Lemay, Covenant
Third Team
Forward
Kelan LeBlanc, Huntingdon
Carl Simakoff, Covenant
Austin Vinyard, Maryville

Midfield
Josh Brower, Covenant
Matteo Costa, N.C. Wesleyan
Parker Owen, Covenant
Qua Tucker, LaGrange

Defense
Jonathan Miller, William Peace
Alexander Sargeant, Greensboro
Kristoffer Skarstein, Methodist

Goalkeeper
Tobias Borzel, N.C. Wesleyan
Elmer Martinez, Greensboro
     
  All-Sportsmanship Team
Austin Bramhall, Averett
Dakota Massucco, Berea
David Garrett, Brevard
Jonathan Barrett, Covenant
Kyle Fisher, Greensboro
Zak Heino, Huntingdon
Connor Liney, LaGrange
Ian Schomer, Maryville
Raul Martin, Methodist
Facundo Rondan, N.C. Wesleyan
Eddie Pinion, Pfeiffer
Cooper Donnelly, Piedmont
Matt Comienski, William Peace