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Trio of Flames Named All-South Atlantic

December 11, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Joshua Boateng was named to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region first team.

Joshua Boateng was named to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region first team.

Liberty Flames Joshua Boateng, Mike Gelatt and Juan Guzman have been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I Men's Soccer All-South Atlantic Region teams. The squads were announced this morning.

Boateng was named to the region's first team, while teammates Gelatt and Guzman received third-team selections. It is the second all-region mention for Boateng and Guzman. Gelatt was selected all-region for the first time in his career.

Boateng (Accra, Ghana) was a first-team All-Big South performer in his final season at Liberty. The forward/midfielder compiled 32 points on 13 goals and six assists during the year, tying him for fifth on the program's single-season points list. His 13 goals also tie him for sixth on the Liberty single-season goal list. The Hermann Trophy candidate ranked 12th in the nation in points per game (1.78) and 13th in goals per game (0.72). Boateng led the Big South in points per game, goals per game and was tied for first in game-winning goals with five. Last season, the senior was named to the region's third team.

Gelatt (Indianapolis, Ind.) garners his first All-South Atlantic Region honor. A senior, Gelatt became the first Liberty student-athlete to be selected to two ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America first teams. He was named to the men's soccer Academic All-American teams in both 2007 and 2008. The defender earned selection to the Big South All-Conference first team for the second consecutive year, and this season was named the 2008 Big South Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He closed out his career by starting 60 consecutive contests for the Flames. Gelatt received a starting nod for every Liberty contest over the past three seasons.

Guzman (Charlotte, N.C.), a junior, battled through injury this season to tally four points with a goal and two assists in 11 games. He returned in the second half of the season to bolster the Liberty midfield, starting six games. In 2007, Guzman also garnered a third-team all-region mention.

For the second consecutive year, Liberty won 10 games in a season, finishing with a 10-5-3 mark. It is the first time since 1998 and 1999 that the Flames have posted two consecutive 10-win seasons. Liberty completed its season on an eight-game unbeaten streak (5-0-3). It is currently the fourth-longest unbeaten run in the country.

2008 NSCAA NCAA Division I Men All-South Atlantic Region
First Team
Pos. Name Year School Hometown
K Patrick Mitrovich Sr. Winthrop Mareitta, Ga.
D Omar Gonzalez Jr. Maryland Dallas, Texas
D Otto Loewy Sr. Winthrop Lawrenceville, Ga.
D Kyle Russell Sr. Coastal Carolina Elgin, Ill.
M Alejandro Bedoya Sr. Boston College Weston, Fla.
M Joshua Boateng Sr. Liberty Accra, Ghana
M Jeremy Hall Jr. Maryland Tampa, Fla.
M Tony Tchani Fr. Virginia Banfang, Cameroon
F Kwame Adjeman-Pa
Sr. George Mason Bowie, Md.
F Devan Carroll Jr. North Carolina-Wilmington Jacksonville, N.C.
F Daniel Revivo Sr. Winthrop Richmond Hill, Ontario

Second Team
Pos. Name Year School Hometown
K Filipe Carvalho Sr. Georgia State Atlanta, Ga.
D Henry Kalungi Sr. Winthrop Kampala, Uganda
D Richard Martinez Jr. Hofstra Highland, N.Y.
D Indy Smith So. North Carolina-Wilmington Black Mountain, N.C.
D Rodney Wallace So. Maryland Rockville, Md.
M Nathaniel Baako So. William & Mary Accra, Ghana
M Trevor Banks Sr. Old Dominion Madison, Wis.
M Setphen Nsereko Jr. Winthrop Kampala, Uganda
F Robert Hunter Jr. Coastal Carolina Murrells Inlet, S.C.
F Liam Maloney Fr. Towson Liverpool, England
F Brian Ownby Fr. Virginia Glen Allen, Va.

Third Team
Pos. Name Year School Hometown
K Chris Brown Sr. Boston College Pleasant Hills, Calif.
D Dirk Dittrich Sr. Virginia Commonwealth Stuttgart, Germany
D Mike Gelatt Sr. Liberty Indianapolis, Ind.
D Bryan Ruff Sr. Drexel Enfield, Conn.
D Petur Vidarsson So. Northeastern Hafnarrfjordur, Iceland
M Juan Guzman Jr. Liberty Charlotte , N.C.
M Nick Zimmerman Sr. James Madison Tampa, Fla.
M Graham Zusi Sr. Maryland Longwood, Fla.
F Andrew Hoxie Jr. William & Mary Newport News, Va.
F Chris Shrum Sr. High Point Falls Church, Va.
F Scott Szymanski Sr. North Carolina-Asheville Asheville, N.C.