Top SoCon Freshman: Andy Craven, F, Charleston,November 10 2010 at 7:43 PM
The Southern Conference announced the 2010 all-conference teams and the College of Charleston Cougars amassed numerous honors after winning a share of the regular-season title for the first time in program history, the league announced Wednesday.
The league named two eleven-member all-conference teams in addition to an eleven-man all-freshman team as voted on by the league's coaches.
Sophomore midfielder Sean de Silva (Port of Spain, Trinidad) as well as senior defender Sean Flatley (Virginia Beach, Va.) were named to the first team; goalkeeper Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Holland) was named to the second team and all-freshman team; and freshman forward Andy Craven (St. Simon's Island, Ga.) was named the Freshman of the Year.
De Silva started in all 17 matches for the Cougars this season and led the team in points with seven goals and eight assists, both of which were also team highs. De Silva scored four game-winning goals this season too, lifting the Cougars to victory against Bucknell, Lehigh, Georgia Southern and Winthrop. His numbers rank first, second and third in the SoCon in assists, points and goals, respectively.
Flatley accumulated the highest voting points possible as a defender, receiving the top nod on each coach's ballot. Flatley also started in all 17 matches for the Cougars this season and was a rock at central defense. Despite his defensive focus, Flatley positioned himself for three goals on the year, two of which won games for CofC. He registered an assist on the year as well.
Craven became the first Cougar to ever win the Freshman of the Year honor after tying for third on the team with three goals while adding an assist on the year. Craven became a consistent starter midway through the season and proved to be a pivotal point in the Cougars' attack. Craven netted the game-winning goal in CofC's 2-1 win over Coastal Carolina and started in seven of CofC's eight remaining matches afterwards.
Heemskerk spent most of the season ranked in the top-10 nationally in several goalkeeping statistics and earned a spot on the second team as well as the lone keeper on the all-freshman team. He played every minute in net for the Cougars and allowed 15 goals on 73 saves for a .830 save percentage. Heemskerk registered six shutouts and a 0.85 goals against average as well.
Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players or for themselves in the balloting.
The 2010 men's soccer season reaches its climax this weekend as UNCG, Furman, Appalachian State and Davidson descend on Mt. Pleasant, S.C. for the semifinals and final of the 2010 Southern Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The semifinals will be at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Friday with the championship match Sunday at 1 p.m. from the Patriots Point Athletics Complex.
2010 SoCon Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
Player of the Year - Chris Thomas, So., F, Elon
Coach of the Year - Justin Maullin, UNCG
Freshman of the Year - Andy Craven, F, College of Charleston
F Sean Dreybus, Appalachian State
F Chris Thomas, Elon
F Fabien Vorbe, Furman
F Hakan Ilhan, UNCG
MF Sean de Silva, College of Charleston
MF Alex Caskey, Davidson
MF Brad Franks, Elon
D Sean Flatley, College of Charleston
D Austen King, Elon
D Kris Byrd, UNCG
GK Clint Irwin, Elon
F Jon Cox, Georgia Southern
F Brian Graham, UNCG
F Wilson Hood, Wofford
MF Steven Sassano, Appalachian State
MF Dane Roberts, Furman
MF Fannar Arnarsson, UNCG
D Lee Williams, Appalachian State
D Greg Macnamara, Davidson
D Aaron Reifschneider, UNCG
GK Kees Heemskerk, College of Charleston
GK Alec Kann, Furman
Andy Craven, F, College of Charleston
Kees Heemskerk, GK, College of Charleston
Nick Butterly, D, Elon
Daniel Lovitz, MF, Elon
Jacob Brown, D, Furman
Michael Gandier, MF, Furman
Hunter Norton, MF, Georgia Southern
Fannar Arnarrson, MF, UNCG
Brian Graham, F, UNCG
Aaron Reifschneider, D, UNCG
Adam Shore, F, UNCG
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