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Three Flames Garner All-State Honors
Adrian Bumbut and Mike Gelatt of the 2007 Big South Champion Liberty Flames were named to the VaSID All-State University Division Men's Soccer first team, while teammate Joshua Boateng was selected to the all-state second team in voting conducted by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). The all-state team honors the best Division I men's soccer players in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Bumbut (Zalau, Romania) completed his Liberty career with his best season in 2007. A first team All-Big South honoree, the forward tied for second in the conference and led Liberty in goals and points, with 12 and 29, respectively. In addition, Bumbut tied for the conference lead with five game-winning goals. With his banner season, the forward finished his career fourth on Liberty's all-time points list with 79. He also closed his Flames career with 32 goals, ranking fourth in program history.
Gelatt (Indianapolis, Ind.) joined his teammate Bumbut on the Big South all-conference first team this past fall. The defender started the last 35 matches of his career, helping Liberty post a conference-leading nine shutouts and tie for No. 29 in the country with a 0.45 shutout percentage. Gelatt was key member of a Flames defense which had a 1.07 goals-against-average this season. The senior was named a 2007 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Men's Soccer Academic All-American, becoming the fourth Liberty student-athlete to be selected to a national first team.
Boateng (Accra, Ghana) was the 2007 Big South Tournament MVP after leading Liberty to its first-ever Big South Championship. The junior midfielder, a Big South all-conference second team selection, finished ninth in the conference in points with 15 points on five goals and five assists in 2007. In addition, Boateng was named a member of both the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and the Soccer America Team of the Week for games played Nov. 12-18.
After fashioning a 13-5-2 record in 2007, Liberty captured its first Big South Championship and made its first appearance in the NCAA Men's College Cup. The Flames were ranked among the top teams in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) South Atlantic Region weekly poll the entire season.
Virginia Tech forward Patrick Nyarko was selected as the VaSID Player of the Year, while his coach, Oliver Weiss, was named the Coach of the Year. The two have helped lead the Hokies to an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. James Madison forward C.J. Sapong was honored as the state's Rookie of the Year.
VaSID All-State University Division Men's Soccer Team
Goalkeeper: Evan Newton, Old Dominion
Defender: David Horst, Old Dominion
Defender: Yomby William, Old Dominion
Defender: Mike Gelatt, Liberty
Defender: Paul Caruso, Radford
Midfielder: A.J. Kulp, Old Dominion
Midfielder: Gerson Dos Santos, VCU
Midfielder: Ben Nason, Virginia Tech
Midfielder: Trevor Banks, Old Dominion
Forward: Yannick Reyering, Virginia
Forward: Patrick Nyarko, Virginia Tech
Forward: Adrian Bumbut, Liberty
Forward: CJ Sapong, James Madison
Goalkeeper: Eric Sciocchetti, Richmond
Defender: Dirk Dittrich, VCU
Defender: Phil Hartman, Richmond
Defender: James Shupp, Virginia Tech
Defender: Neil Barlow, Virginia
Midfielder: Frank Elimbi, Radford
Midfielder: Joshua Boateng, Liberty
Midfielder: Nick Zimmerman, James Madison
Midfielder: Chris Tierney, Virginia
Forward: Sven Meusch, VCU
Forward: Robert Edmans, Virginia Tech
Forward: Davorin Husadzinovic, Radford
Forward: Jorit Loehr, VCU
COACH OF THE YEAR: Oliver Weiss, Virginia Tech
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Patrick Nyarko, Virginia Tech
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CJ Sapong, James Madison