CONWAY, S.C. Senior forward Joseph Ngwenya (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Provincial) and senior defender Chris Moore (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) were named NSCAA/adidas Mens Soccer Scholar All-Americans Wednesday, Dec. 17. Ngwenya was tabbed as a first team selection, and Moore earned third team honors. Last years NSCAA/adidas Scholar Athlete of the Year, Ngwenya is in a position to become the first male player to receive the award in consecutive years.
Ngwenya, who has already earned his degree in computer science and carries a 3.49 grade point average, led the nation in scoring with 21 goals and 56 points this season. He was the 2003 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was recently selected as one of the top three players in the nation as he was voted a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Clubs Hermann Trophy. He was also NSCAA/adidas All-America and All-Southeast Region selection, and was named Big South Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season. Ngwenya earned First Team Academic All-American and All-Big South for the second consecutive time, and garnered 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 netted eight game-winning goals, including the game-winner in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Davidson.
Moore, a history major with a 3.44 GPA, was an important facet of Coastals stifling defense this season, leading the squad to a season-record 14 shutouts and a ranking of 12th in the nation in team goals against average, allowing only 16 goals in 23 matches. He was named First Team All-Big South Conference and was a Big South All-Tournament selection after helping the Chanticleers to the title. The senior also earned All-Tournament honors at the Bradley Classic and Nike/Clemson Invitational.
To qualify for the award, a player must be at least a junior in academic standing (in the second year of attendance at the school if a transfer student), have a minimum of a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale), start more than 50 percent of the time and be a significant contributor to the teams success.
The honorees will be recognized at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on Jan. 17, 2004. The luncheon is part of the 57th Annual NSCAA Convention, which will be held Jan. 14-18, 2004, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.