CONWAY, S.C. Senior forward Joseph Ngwenya (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Provincial) and junior forward Boyzzz Khumalo (Soweto, South Africa/Bethlehem) were named to the 2003 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region Mens Soccer First Team, and junior midfielder Mubarike Chisoni (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Chegutu) was tabbed as a Second Team selection Monday, Dec. 8. The trio led Coastal Carolina to a program-best record of 20-3-0 and its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance this season.
Ngwenya, who led the nation in scoring with 21 goals and 56 points this season, was named Big South Conference Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second straight season. He also was named a First Team Academic All-American and All-Big South for the second consecutive time, and earned Tournament MVP honors at the Big South Tournament, the Bradley Classic, and the Nike/Clemson Invitational. This season, Ngwenya broke Coastals career shot, points, and goal records, and is a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Clubs Hermann Trophy. He netted eight game-winning goals, including the game-winners in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament against Davidson and North Carolina, to take the Chants to the third round for the first time in program history.
Khumalo, another First Team All-Conference selection, was instrumental for Coastal this season, assisting both game-winning goals against Bradley and Clemson, as well as the teams conference tournament semifinal victory over Winthrop. He earned All-Tournament honors at the Bradley Classic and the Nike Invitational, and was fourth on the team with seven goals and 10 assists for 24 points this season.
Chisoni earned Second Team honors as he hit the game-winner against North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and assisted the game-winning goal against Davidson in the first round match. He also had a hand in the game-winner against Birmingham-Southern in the Big South Tournament championship game. He was third on the team with seven goals and 11 assists for 25 points.
Coastal, who achieved a record-high ranking of ninth in the country this season, won its seventh Big South title and made its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Chants defeated Davidson and North Carolina in the first and second rounds, both by scores of 3-0, before falling to Santa Clara in overtime to end their season.