No. 9 Men's Soccer Sweeps Big South Awards
Nov. 9, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The No. 9 nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina men's soccer team swept the Big South all-conference awards and had a total of seven make the all-conference team, released by the conference office Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Head coach Shaun Docking was named Big South Coach of the Year, Ashton Bennett received Attacking Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year went to Cyprian Hedrick and Kjartan Sigurdsson was named Freshman of the Year. Joining Bennett, Hedrick and Sigurdsson on the first team were Pedro Ribeiro, Luis Faz, Justin Portillo and Scott Angevine. In addition to Sigurdsson, Ricky Garbanzo and Henrik Robstad were named to the All-Freshman team. Hedrick was also named to the Big South All-Academic Team.
This marked the sixth time in his 16 years of coaching in the Big South that Docking has won the coach of the year award. Docking became the all-time wins leader at Coastal Carolina this year with 172 total wins. With a 9-0-0 Big South record, Docking improved to 73-21-7 (.757) during his 14 years as the Chanticleers' head coach.
Bennett, the nation's leading goal scorer, finished the season ranked first in four offensive categories including total goals (21), goals per game (1.17), total points (48.0) and points per game (2.67). Bennett also ranks 57th with six assists on the year and 83rd in assists per game (.33) nationally. 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 also won Big South Attacking Player of the Week honors three times this season.
Hedrick 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.
Sigurdsson 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 allowing just eight shots on goal in the two contests. In his first career collegiate match he scored a goal against then-No. 23 Charlotte and dished out one assist in Coastal Carolina's win over Big South rival Winthrop.
Angevine recorded four individual shutouts while starting in all six of the Chanticleer shutouts. He finished the year ranked 27th nationally in goals against average (.816) and 80th in save percentage (.77), totaling 47 saves on the year. He started in all 18 games for the Chanticleers, allowing only 14 total goals, three of which came on penalty kicks. He was named Big South Defender of the Week twice this season and was named to the all-tournament team at VCU. Opponents have recorded only 66 shots on goal and an 8.3 shot percentage. Posted back-to-back road shutouts against conference foes UNC Asheville and High Point.
Faz started every game for the third consecutive year while leading the Coastal Carolina midfield. He was a staple hold in the Chanticleer defense, allowing opponents to only 14 goals on the season. His lone assist came on the eventual game winner against Radford (Oct. 9). Faz was also named to the VCU and Coastal Carolina all-tournament teams.
Portillo has started in every game for the Chants this season, ranking tied for fourth on the team with four assists while contributing four goals, including two game-winners. He was one of six Chanticleer players that have recorded more than 1,500 minutes of play. Portillo posted a four-game streak of scoring at least a point from Aug. 29 through Sept. 9. He finished the regular season fifth on team with 12 points and two game-winning goals.
Ribeiro currently ranks second on the team in goals scored with eight while starting in all 18 games for the Chanticleers as a midfielder. He ranks among the NCAA leaders as he finished 48th in total points (21), 55th in total goals (8), 58th in points per game (1.17), 68th in goals per game (.44) and 107th in total assists (5). He was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week (Oct. 17) and received the Big South Attacking Player of the Week last week after scoring three goals and two assists. Ribeiro also contributed two game-winning scores for the Chanticleers.
Garbanzo totaled 16 points this season to tie for eighth in the Big South with teammate TeeJay East. Both finished the regular season 118th nationally in total points. Garbanzo currently ranks fourth on the team with five goals and tied for fourth with 16 total points. His six assists ranks tied for 57th in the nation with Bennett while ranking 83rd with .33 assists per game.
Robstad was one of three freshmen to start in at least 16 games for the Chanticleers, earning 18 starts on the backline. He connected on four assists, tying for fourth on the team and played a big role in establishing field position with his long throw-ins and versatile performance on the offensive and defensive end.
Coastal plays UNC Asheville in the second game of the Big South Conference Tournament beginning Thursday, Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in Boiling Springs, N.C.
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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
Ricky Garbanzo, Coastal Carolina
Henrik 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
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