SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Nov. 7, 2017) – Fresh off a undefeated conference record and a regular season Southern Conference championship, the league office announced Tuesday ETSU led the SoCon with 11 players and head coach Bo Oshoniyi earning all-conference honors.
“It’s always good to be recognized by the competitors you’re playing against,” Oshoniyi said. “We’re all about team, and I’m happy for the guys (that earned all-conference honors), but as a group our goal is to win championships. We’ve checked one box with the regular season, and now our goal is to win the SoCon tournament.”
Taking home back-to-back individual honors, Oshoniyi and junior goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.) earned SoCon Coach of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively, for the second straight season.
Furthermore, the Bucs placed five players on the All-Conference First Team, as Sutherland joined seniors Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Chase Clack (Memphis, Tenn.) in earning back-to-back first team selections.
Also earning his second straight selection to the first team was junior midfielder Serge Gomis (Dakar, Senegal). Joining the four on the list for the first time in his career was sophomore newcomer Bruno Andrade (Sao Paulo, Brazil), who led the team with five assists.
On the second team, ETSU tied with Furman to lead the team with four players. For the Bucs, the Floridian midfield duo of senior Jeffrey George (Safety Harbor, Fla.) and junior Nick Spielman (Melbourne, Fla.) joined senior defender Ben Holt (Knoxville, Tenn.) and freshman forward Danny Barlow (Newcastle, England) on the second team.
The Bucs also had two players earn all-freshman honors with Barlow and forward Austin Bihlmeyer (Knoxville, Tenn.). Both players earned two assists on the season, while Barlow turned in a team-high five goals.
The awards are voted on by the head coaches of each of the six conference teams. Also, coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Oshoniyi said each award, specifically the coach of the year honor, can all be attributed to the players and the staff.
“All of the credit goes to our players,” he said. “Without them buying in and working hard, none of this is possible. And second of all, this award is credited to the staff. Without our assistant coaches David Lilly and Brad Camp, our trainer Manny Castro, Alex Wetmore and our sports science staff (Kelsey Scarbrough and Justin Taylor) and our sports information assistant Mike Ezekiel, none of this is possible.
“For me, this is a staff award and not just an individual award. I’m grateful and thankful that we’re able to get these awards. But now, we’re going to put this behind us and try to go win a SoCon championship.”
Below is the full list of the 2017 SoCon all-conference awards:
Player of the Year – Laurence Wyke, Jr., MF/D, Furman
Goalkeeper of the Year – Jonny Sutherland, Jr., ETSU
Coach of the Year – Bo Oshoniyi, ETSU
Freshman of the Year – Nelson Oceano, MF, UNCG
All-Conference First Team
F Bruno Andrade, ETSU
F Fletcher Ekern, ETSU
F Will Bagrou, Mercer
F Lucas Altman, Wofford
MF Serge Gomis, ETSU
MF Laurence Wyke, Furman
MF Leeroy Maguraushe, UNCG
D Chase Clack, ETSU
D Kevin Edelmann, Furman
D Conner Antley, Mercer
GK Jonny Sutherland, ETSU
All-Conference Second Team
F Danny Barlow, ETSU
F Cole McLagan, Furman
F Matt Mattis, UNCG
MF Jeffrey George, ETSU
MF Nick Spielman, ETSU
MF Danny Kierath, Furman
MF Nelson Oceano, UNCG
D Ben Holt, ETSU
D Kyle McLagan, Furman
D Trenton Whitely, Mercer
GK Ben Hale, Furman
GK Jeremy Booth, Mercer
Danny Barlow, ETSU
Austin Bihlmeyer, ETSU
Ben Hale, Furman
Cole McLagan, Furman
Alex Henderson, UNCG
Nelson Oceano, UNCG
Cyril Owolabi, UNCG
Kareve Richards, Mercer
Leonel Toledo, Mercer
Zach Aversano, Wofford
Pa-Alieu Ann, VMI
The top seeded Bucs will face No. 4 Mercer this Friday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. on the campus of Furman University. The winner of the semifinal will advance to the championship final against the winner of No.2 UNCG and No. 3 Furman. The championship round is set to kickoff Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.
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