HIGH POINT, N.C. – Seven members of the nationally ranked No. 5 Coker College men's soccer team have been selected as All-Conference performers by the Conference Carolinas men's soccer coaches.
Leading the way are head coach Paul Leese and junior forward Carlos Recinos (Houston, Texas). Leese and Recinos earned two of the highest conference honors as Leese was named Conference Coach of the Year and Recinos was named Player of the Year.
In just his third year leading the Coker men, Head Coach Paul Leese has turned the Cobras into a national power. Ranked No. 5 nationally, Leese led the Cobras to their first ever Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship this season.
Recinos has been one of the key components to Coker's successful season. The team leader in goals, assists and points, Recinos has scored 13 goals, including nine game-winners, with nine assists and 35 points this season.
In addition to the Player of the Year honors, Recinos was named First Team All-Conference along with four of his teammates. Junior midfielder Rommel Fondin (Palm Bay, Fla.), freshman defender Fernando Bedoya (Miami, Fla.), sophomore defender Atticus Lum (Advance, N.C.) and junior goalkeeper James Sweeney (Huntingtown, Md.) all received First Team honors.
Sophomore midfielder Stephen Scrivens (Tampa, Fla.) was named Second Team All-Conference as well.
Fondin and Scrivens were the leaders of the midfield for the Cobras. Fondin scored four goals and had five assists, while Scrivens has netted three goals and had two assists so far this season.
Bedoya and Lum anchored the Cobras backline, while providing offensive support along the way. Bedoya has had four assists and Lum has three goals.
Sweeney has been Coker's field general posting a 16-2 record in the net for the Cobras. Along with the help of his defense he has earned nine shutouts this season, while allowing just 10 goals and making 51 saves.
Conference Carolinas announces the All-Conference teams during this week's Conference Carolinas Men's & Women's Soccer Championship Tournament. Awards include All-Conference First, Second, & Third teams, Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Divisional Regular Season Champions. Head coaches from conference member institutions nominate and then vote on the award winners who represent the best of the best for the league. This year's award winners are as follows:
Men's Soccer Player of the Year
Carlos Recinos, Coker
Men's Soccer Freshman of the Year
Jorge Mackenna, Limestone
Men's Soccer Coach of the Year
Paul Leese, Coker
Men's All-Conference 1st-Team
Carlos Recinos, Coker -Forward
Erik Pajunk, Barton -Forward
Tom Winspear, King -Forward
James Galvani, Lees-McRae –Forward
Jack Kimber, Erskine -Midfielder
Larry Mahon, Limestone -Midfielder
Rommel Fondin, Coker –Midfielder
Luke Duffy, Lees-McRae -Defender
Fernando Bedoya, Coker -Defender
Atticus Lum, Coker –Defender
James Sweeney, Coker -Goalkeeper
Men's All-Conference 2nd-Team
Andrew Settlemire, Erskine -Forward
Jorge Mackenna, Limestone -Forward
Jack Bailey, Limestone –Forward
Jeremy Chambers, Queens -Midfielder
James Smith, Lees-McRae -Midfielder
Stephen Scrivens, Coker -Midfielder
Dante De Luca, Barton –Midfielder
Luke Staats, Lees-McRae -Defender
Jonathan Rutter, Erskine -Defender
James Burke, Limestone –Defender
Brian Riesenberg, Barton -Goalkeeper
Men's All-Conference 3rd-Team
Felipe Netto, Queens -Forward
Vieux Sarr, Mount Olive -Forward
Danilo Matos, Barton –Forward
Tom McCready, Limestone -Midfielder
Bryce Ziada, Limestone -Midfielder
Fahret Salihovic, Pfeiffer –Midfielder
Jose Penaloza, Belmont Abbey -Defender
Luke Vernon, Pfeiffer -Defender
Mark Leslie, Limestone -Defender
Matthew Gwilt, Queens –Defender
Thomas Rusling, Lees-McRae -Goalkeeper
Eastern Division Regular Season Champions
Western Division Regular Season Champions