Sam Duininck and Juan Nino were named to 2013 Big South Men's Soccer All-Conference teams.
Liberty defender Sam Duininck and midfielder Juan Niño have been selected to Big South All-Conference teams, the conference announced this evening.
Selected by the conference's head coaches, Duininck garnered first team all-conference honors, while Niño was named to the second team.
In addition, Niño was also named by the conference's sports information directors to the Big South men's soccer All-Academic team and defender Alex Dominguez was selected to the Big South All-Freshman team.
A two-time Liberty team captain, Duininck was named to the all-conference team for the first time. The senior defender has started every Flames contest this season and will be among the Liberty starting 11 for the 55th consecutive match tomorrow night, as Liberty faces High Point in the Big South Quarterfinals.
The Tulsa, Okla. native has scored one goal and added one assist this season. His goal was the game-winner in a 1-0 win at American on Sept. 21. In addition, he has been part of five shutouts this season. Niño receives his first all-conference honor. The midfielder has started and played in 16 games this season. A strong defensive presence and midfield fixture for Liberty, the senior has two assists. One of his assists led to the game-winning overtime goal in a 2-1 victory over Longwood on October 29.
In addition, he was selected to the 2013 men's soccer All-Academic team. The Katy, Texas native is a three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member.
Defender Alex Dominguez has played in 15 matches, starting 13, during his freshman season. He has one assist, which led to the game-tying goal in Liberty's 2-1 loss to Radford, last Wednesday. In addition, he has had a hand in Liberty's five shutouts.
The Flames (9-8, 5-5 Big South), the No. 7 seed, will travel to High Point, N.C., for a Big South Quarterfinal match against the High Point Panthers (8-7-3, 6-2-2 Big South), the No. 2 seed. Game time is schedule for 8 p.m. at Vert Stadium.
2013 Big South Men's Soccer Honors
First Team All-Conference F – Denzel Clark, Gardner-Webb F – Mamadee Nyepon, High Point F – Bernardo Ulmo, Radford MF – Pedro Ribeiro, Coastal Carolina MF – Justin Portillo, Coastal Carolina MF – Ali Al-Gashamy, Gardner-Webb MF – Adam Sewell, High Point D – Shawn McLaws, Coastal Carolina D – Marius Hammersmark, Gardner-Webb D – Sam Duinick, Liberty D – Magnus Thorsson, Winthrop GK – Devin Cook, Coastal Carolina AL – Ricky Garbanzo, Coastal Carolina
Second Team All-Conference F – Jhuvon Francis, Campbell F – Max Hasenstab, Winthrop F – Achille Obougou, Winthrop MF – Justin Franz, Campbell MF – Juan Nino, Liberty MF – Philip van Berkom, Longwood MF – Adam Brundle, Winthrop D – Travis Golden, Campbell D – Uchenna Uzo, Coastal Carolina D – Austin Yearwood, High Point D – Jo Vetle Rimstad, Radford GK – Kody Palmer, High Point AL – Rhys Cairns, Longwood
Honorable Mention All-Conference Sonny Mukungu, High Point Anthony Ugorji, Longwood Matt Janssen, Radford Paul Egle, UNC Asheville Daniel Kitchen, VMI
All-Freshman Babatunji Osifeso, Campbell Sergio Carmargo, Coastal Carolina Kai Morton, Coastal Carolina Matthew Swan, Gardner-Webb Iman Mafi, Gardner-Webb Pat Shelton, High Point Alex Dominguez, Liberty Carlos Canas, Longwood Jo Vetle Rimstad, Radford Max Hasenstab, Winthrop Pietro Bottari, Winthrop
Attacking Player of the Year Pedro Ribeiro, MF, Coastal Carolina
Freshman of the Year Max Hasenstab, F, Wintrop
Defensive Player of the Year Shawn McLaws, D, Coastal Carolina
Coach of the Year Jon Atkinson, Longood
All-Academic Matthew Oliver, Campbell Justin Portillo, Coastal Carolina Brooks Asger, Gardner-Webb Austin Yearwood, High Point Juan Nino, Liberty Philip van Berkom, Longwood Josh Carter, Presbyterian College Bernardo Ulmo, Radford Bobby Castro, UNC Asheville Hunter Morgan, VMI |Achille Obougou, Winthrop
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Matthew Oliver, Campbell
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