Uriah Bentick, Phillip Aseweh and Darren Amoo were named to the Big South All-Conference first team.
Liberty midfielder Phillip Aseweh, forward Darren Amoo and defender Uriah Bentick have been named to the 2011 Big South men's soccer all-conference first team, the league announced this evening.
Selected by the conference's head coaches, Amoo garnered his third all-conference first team honor, while Aseweh and Bentick were selected to the squad for the second consecutive season. In addition, Aseweh was named by the conference's sports information directors to the Big South men's soccer All-Academic team.
Liberty freshman goalkeepers Josh Pacella and Scott Sutarik were named to the Big South All-Freshman team.
Amoo becomes the fourth player in program history to be named to the Big South all-conference team three times. The forward joins Ben Strawbridge (1999-01), current Liberty assistant men's soccer coach Dean Short (1999-01) and Osei Telesford (2003, 2005-06).
Amoo, a redshirt junior, enters this week's Big South Men's Soccer Championship with 11 points, scoring five goals and adding an assist in 14 games. The Accra, Ghana native is currently third on Liberty's all-time goals list with 35 and fourth on its points list with 79. Aseweh leads the Flames in points, goals and assists this season. The senior has scored six goals and added eight assists to post 20 points, so far in 2011. He is tied for the conference lead in assists and is fifth in points.
Earlier this season, Aseweh was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week and Big South Attacking Player of the Week, while earning selection to the SoccerAmerica Team of the Week for Sept. 21. During the prior week, the midfielder scored three goals and recorded an assist, as Liberty defeated No. 10 Virginia, 2-0, and Howard, 4-0. In addition, Aseweh was selected to the 2011 Big South men's soccer All-Academic team. The Navrongo, Ghana native was named this season to the CoSIDA District III All-Academic team for his work in the classroom as well as on the field.
Bentick is having his best offensive year as a Flame, compiling 12 points with four g64oals and four assists entering the Big South Men's Soccer Championship. His point total is a career-high for the defender. The junior has posted a point in three consecutive games on two different occasions this season.
Bentick was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 21 and is a member of Liberty defensive unit which has allowed 1.06 goals per game and recorded a Big South-leading seven shutouts.
Pacella and Sutarik have split time in the Liberty goal this season. The two freshmen have helped the Flames post a conference-leading seven shutouts. Pacella has recorded a 1.34 goals average in 10 games this season, while Sutarik has a 0.64 goals against average.
Coastal Carolina forward Ashton Bennett was named the 2011 Big South Conference Men's Soccer Attacking Player of the Year, while his head coach, Shaun Docking, was selected as the Big South Coach of the Year. Coastal Carolina's Kjartan Sigurdsson was voted the league's Freshman of the Year, while his teammate, Cyprian Hedrick, was named Defensive Player of the Year. High Point's Shawn Sloan was named Big South Conference Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The 2011 Big South Championship gets underway at Greene-Harbison Stadium in Boiling Springs, N.C., Thursday, with four quarterfinals games scheduled for the day. Liberty, the No. 4 seed, will square off against Radford, the No. 5 seed, in the opening contest of the day. Match time is set for Noon.
2011 BIG SOUTH MEN'S SOCCER HONORS First Team All-Conference F – Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina F – Darren Amoo, Liberty F – Iyiola Awosika, Radford MF – Mitchell Cardenas, Campbell MF – Luis Faz, Coastal Carolina MF – Shawn Sloan, High Point MF – Phillip Aseweh, Liberty D – Cyprian Hedrick, Coastal Carolina D - Pedro Ribeiro, Coastal Carolina D – Jon Ole Reinhardsen, Gardner-Webb D – Uriah Bentick, Liberty GK – Scott Angevine, Coastal Carolina Tied At Large – Kjartan Sigurdsson, Coastal Carolina Tied At Large - Justin Portillo, Coastal Carolina
Second Team All-Conference F – Chris Davis, Gardner-Webb F – Karo Okiomah, High Point F – Bryan Bartels, UNC Asheville MF – Justin Franz, Campbell MF – John Sargent, Gardner-Webb MF – Adam Sewell, High Point MF – Luis Grande, Radford D – Travis Golden, Campbell D – Jovan Ivanovich, Gardner-Webb D – Fejiro Okiomah, High Point D – Alex Isern, Winthrop GK – Lassi Hurskainen, UNC Asheville At Large – Aldo Macias, Radford
All-Freshman Team Ricky Garbanzo, Coastal Carolina Henrick Robstad, Coastal Carolina Kjartan Sigurdsson, Coastal Carolina Denzel Clark, Gardner-Webb Eric Yeager, Gardner-Webb Josh Pacella, Liberty Scott Sutarik, Liberty Jonathan Ray, Campbell Jhuvon Francis, Campbell Dario Redondo, Radford Melo Matutu, Winthrop Grady Tremble, Winthrop
Attacking Player of the Year Ashton Bennett, F, Coastal Carolina
Freshman of the Year Kjartan Sigurdsson, D, Coastal Carolina
Defensive Player of the Year Cyprian Hedrick, D, Coastal Carolina
Coach of the Year Shaun Docking, Coastal Carolina
All-Academic Shawn Sloan, High Point Matt Horn, Winthrop Bobby Keskey, Presbyterian College Ryan Taylor, Radford Phillip Aseweh, Liberty J.J. Morrow, UNC Asheville Cyprian Hedrick, Coastal Carolina Ethan Hall, Campbell Kyle Farmer, VMI Chris Davis, Gardner-Webb
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Shawn Sloan, High Point
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