CONWAY, S.C. Senior forward Joseph Ngwenya (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Provincial) earned Soccer Americas highest college soccer honor Monday, Jan. 12, as he was named Mens Soccer Player of the Year by the national publication.
Ngwenya, who led the nation in scoring in both 2002 and 2003, tallied 21 goals and 56 points this season and was one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Clubs Hermann Trophy, one of the highest individual honors in intercollegiate soccer. The reigning two-time Big South Player of the Year was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-America and All-South Atlantic Region teams, as well as earning NSCAA Scholar All-American honors. The senior was tabbed as the 2003 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned first team Academic All-American and All-Big South honors for the second straight season. He was also named to College Sports Televisions (CSTV) inaugural Mens Soccer All-America Team. The Zimbabwe native garnered Tournament MVP honors at the Big South Tournament, the Bradley Classic, and the Nike/Clemson Invitational. This season, Ngwenya broke Coastals career shot (296), points (164), and goal (68) records. He netted eight game-winning goals, including the game-winner in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Davidson, and led the Chanticleers to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Ngwenya currently is participating in the 2004 Major League Soccer Player Combine at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. He is considered to be one of the top prospects for the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, to be held Friday, Jan. 16, in Charlotte, N.C. starting at 10 a.m.