CONWAY, S.C. The Coastal Carolina mens soccer team landed three players on the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA)/adidas All-America list, the most in school history, Friday, Dec. 12. Senior forward Joseph Ngwenya (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Provincial) was a First Team selection for the second straight year, while junior forward Boyzzz Khumalo (Soweto, South Africa/Bethlehem) and junior midfielder Mubarike Chisoni (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Chegutu) were tabbed as Third Team selections. Coastal was one of only three teams to land three players on the list.
Ngwenya was named a First Team Academic All-American and All-Big South for the second consecutive time and led the nation in scoring with 21 goals and 56 points this season. He was also named First Team All-South Atlantic Region by the NSCAA, Big South Conference Player of the Year and Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second straight season, 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. Ngwenya will attend the 2004 Major League Soccer Player Combine, Jan. 11-13.
Khumalo, another First Team All-Conference and All-Region selection, assisted 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 was third on the team with seven goals and 11 assists for 25 points and received Second Team All-Region honors this season. 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, and also had a hand in the game-winner against Birmingham-Southern in the Big South Tournament championship game.
The trio led Coastal Carolina to a program-best record of 20-3-0 and its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance this season. 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.