USA South 2019 Men's Soccer Awards Announced

USA South 2019 Men's Soccer Awards Announced

The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2019 All-Conference awards for men's soccer. N.C. Wesleyan's Baboucarr Njie was named Player of the Year, Mary Baldwin's Carr Panetta claimed Rookie of the Year honors while the Covenant duo of Paul Lemay and Scott Bosgraf were named Goalkeeper of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively. Additionally, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team, consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the men's soccer coach at each institution.

Njie, a junior forward from Washington, D.C., becomes the first N.C. Wesleyan men's soccer student-athlete to be named USA South Player of the Year since 2008. He adds this honor to his Rookie of the Year award he received in 2016 becoming the first Battling Bishop to collect two individual men's soccer accolades in a career. Njie currently leads the League in scoring with 37 points on a Conference-high 15 goals to go along with five assists and three game-winning scores. Against USA South competition alone, Njie posted Conference highs of 33 points and 13 goals. For his efforts this fall, Njie was named First Team All-Conference at forward for the first time after he collected First Team honors twice as a midfielder his first two seasons. Finally, Njie was named USA South Player of the Week once this year.

Panetta, a Cedar Park, Texas freshman forward, becomes the first Fighting Squirrel, in the program's inaugural varsity year, to collect a USA South individual accolade in the sport of men's soccer. He currently has compiled 17 points on eight goals and one assist with a Conference-rookie leading four game-winning goals. Panetta earns Second Team All-Conference honors as a forward to go along with a USA South Rookie of the Week accolade this fall.

Lemay, an Apopka, Florida senior, becomes just the second Scot player in program history to earn a USA South individual honor (Snoopy Davidson, 2014). He currently leads the League in goals allowed (8), goals against average (0.55), save percentage (.869) and shutouts (8) while tied in wins (13). In USA South-only contests, Lemay posted a perfect 11-0-0 record, allowing just four goals while stopping 36 shots. Lemay earns First Team All-Conference honors as a goalkeeper for the first time in his career after being named second team All-Conference last fall. Finally, he collected USA South Defensive Player of the Week two times this year.

Bosgraf, in his third year as Covenant's head coach, earns his and the program's first USA South Coach of the Year honor in the sport of men's soccer. His Scots became the first USA South men's soccer team to go unbeaten with no ties in regular season play since Christopher Newport achieved the feat in 2012. The Scots, with their 13-0-0 Conference record, also set a new USA South high for conference wins in a season. Overall, Covenant is 16-2-1 which is the best record since the 2002 season. Next up for the Scots is the USA South Tournament where they are the top-seeded team in the West Division and look to capture their second title (2014).

 
Player of the Year Rookie of the Year Goalkeeper of the Year Coach of the Year

Baboucarr Njie
N.C. Wesleyan

Carr Panetta
Mary Baldwin

Paul Lemay
Covenant

Scott Bosgraf
Covenant
 

The 2019 USA South Men's Soccer All-Conference Team:

First Team
Forward
Cameron Earls, Piedmont
Baboucarr Njie, N.C. Wesleyan
Ivan Ponce, William Peace
Mercer Stout, Covenant

Midfield
Jordy Briceno, Greensboro
Josh Brower, Covenant
Matteo Costa, N.C. Wesleyan
Jesse Riggs, Covenant

Defense
Joe Brooks, N.C. Wesleyan
Noah Lee, Covenant
Jay Patterson, Covenant

Goalkeeper
Paul Lemay, Covenant
Second Team
Forward
Caleb Bratager, Pfeiffer
Darli Mihindou, Greensboro
Carr Panetta, Mary Baldwin
Johnny Rakhmonberdiev, Maryville

Midfield

Mamadou Jallow, N.C. Wesleyan
Jose Linares, Piedmont
Parker Owen, Covenant

Defense
Gavin Dougherty, Maryville
Matt Morefield, Covenant
Owen Story, Averett
Leo Vasconcelos, Greensboro

Goalkeeper
Patrick Hall, Brevard
Third Team
Forward

Lorenzo Cocchia, N.C. Wesleyan
Ousmane Dansoko, Mary Baldwin
Kelan LeBlanc, Huntingdon

Midfield
Caz Dabrowski, Pfeiffer
Chris Fernandez, Maryville
Trevor McDonald, Maryville
Joao Monteiro, Brevard

Defense
Kyle Creamer, Mary Baldwin
Jose Garcia, William Peace
Jonathan Miller, William Peace
Hordy Ndambo, Mary Baldwin

Goalkeeper
Tobias Borzel, N.C. Wesleyan
     
  All-Sportsmanship Team
Daniel Matlock, Averett
Christoff Mendy, Berea
Joao Monteiro, Brevard
Seth Robinson, Covenant
Elmer Martinez, Greensboro
Thad Lievens, Huntingdon
Errick Sturm, LaGrange
Dominic Fleming, Mary Baldwin
Aaron Rucker, Maryville
Charlie Teachey, Methodist
Dimas Reyes, N.C. Wesleyan
Corey Shea, Pfeiffer
Daniel Osavio, Piedmont
Keaton Joyce, William Peace