Schoenfeld, Geno, Fubara, Schroettle make A-Sun All-Conference list
MACON, Ga. (Nov. 7, 2011) – The Atlantic Sun Conference released its 2011 men’s soccer All-Conference awards, on Monday, with senior Aaron Schoenfeld (Knoxville, Tenn.) and sophomore David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) selected First Team All-Conference, sophomore Itode Fubara (Ogbema, Nigeria) selected Second Team All-Conference and Simon Schroettle (Rain, Germany) landing on the A-Sun’s All-Freshman Team.
Schoenfeld and Geno’s First Team selections come amid career seasons for each, as both have scored seven goals apiece in 2011 to share the top spot for goals in a single season at ETSU. Schoenfeld also becomes the first Buccaneer to earn back-to-back selections to the A-Sun First Team after earning the same honor in ETSU’s 2010 championship season. This also marks Schoenfeld’s third-consecutive season on the All-Conference list, as he was named to the Second Team in 2009. Geno reached the First Team this season after earning All-Freshman honors in 2010.
Fubara, the 2011 A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year, lands on the Second Team having tallied a team-high four assists and scoring one goal. The sophomore has earned his share of A-Sun honors in his young collegiate career after being named Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Conference and A-Sun Tournament MVP in 2010.
Schroettle, a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team, has made an immediate impact in his first season as a Buc. The freshman has helped ETSU to seven shutouts in 2011, including clean sheets against then-No. 20/24 UNC Greensboro, then-No. 14 William and Mary and then-No. 23/25 Furman. Schroettle was just one of two unanimous choices to the squad.
Stetson swept the conference’s top two individual honors, as Jonathan Mendoza and Luis Ocejo were named A-Sun Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Florida Gulf Coast earned the other top awards, as Xavier Silva was named Freshman of the Year and Bob Butehorn was tabbed Coach of the Year after leading FGCU to its second-consecutive regular season title.
The A-Sun has also added an Academic All-Conference Team, comprised of the conference’s top performers on the field and in the classroom. To qualify for the Academic All-Conference Team, each student-athlete must attain a GPA of 3.30 or higher and play a significant role on its squad.
Earning ETSU’s first Academic All-Conference selection is Schoenfeld. The senior not only added seven goals and four assists to his career totals, but boasts a 3.36 GPA in management.
Mercer grabbed the top academic honor, as Will Betts was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Bears’ keeper holds a 3.97 GPA in finance.
The Bucs will now look toward the postseason, as they host the 2011 Atlantic Sun Tournament as the No. 6-seeded team. ETSU begins play in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Nov. 9, as it begins defense of its tournament crown against No. 3 Jacksonville at 7 p.m.
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