Forward Adrian Bumbut was one of three Flames named to the VaSID All-State University Division Men's Soccer team.
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 FIRST 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 SECOND TEAM 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
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