Three Buccaneers Secure All-SoCon Honors
Three Buccaneers Secure All-SoCon Honors
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Bucs get two added to Second Team All-SoCon, two to the All-Freshman squad


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (April 8, 2021) – The ETSU men’s soccer team earned three spots in the league’s All-Conference teams, announced by the Southern Conference on Thursday afternoon.

For the second straight year, Kieran Richards (Hamilton, New Zealand) grabbed a Second Team All-SoCon selection, earning recognition in each of his two years in a Buccaneer uniform. The Preseason All-Conference selection finished with two assists on the campaign while playing an integral part in his attacking midfield role. The Kiwi midfielder has attempted 19 shots on the year, second most on the squad.

Jared Leheta (Montreal, Canada) caps off his first season in the Blue in Gold by being the only Buccaneer to make it on more than one team, adding a SoCon Second Team selection to his All-Freshman Team bid. The freshman etched his name into the record books, entering the weekend as the third all-time scorer in Buccaneer freshman history. The rookie trails just Richards and Hauk Andreas Fossen, who both collected six and eight goals respectively to top the charts amongst ETSU rookies. Leheta added two braces to his name against Wofford and VMI. His two goals against the Terriers were integral to an eventual 3-2 win at Spartanburg, while his first goal against the Keydets proved to be the winner in the 7-0 rout against VMI. Leheta’s 10 points ranks first on the team.

One of the most threatening pieces of the attack all season, Tarik Pannholzer (Flensburg, Germany) ended his season with a bang. The freshman collected Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after securing the second hat trick in program history in the 7-0 win against VMI, also adding an assist in the win. Pannholzer enters the postseason with 23 shots and 10 shots on target, both proving most on the Blue and Gold squad. Pannholzer ranks tied for second on the team in points, him and Lucas Lightner (Clarksville, Tenn.) both finishing the regular season with eight points.

The Bucs return to action for the Southern Conference semifinals, taking on the UNCG Spartans for the second consecutive time in just seven days. The two teams played to a 0-0 draw in Greensboro last Saturday, both sharing second place in the conference standings while ensuring a rematch for the opening round of the SoCon Tournament.


2020-21 Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team

 Player of the Year – Ben Hale, R-Sr., Furman

 Goalkeeper of the Year – Ben Hale, R-Sr., Furman

 Coach of the Year – Doug Allison, Furman

 Freshmen of the Year – Jake Raine, F, Furman
                                   Theo Collomb, F, UNCG 

First Team

F Shaun-Chris Joash, Furman
F Jake Raine, Furman
F Theo Collomb, UNCG
MF Miles Fenton, Furman
MF Callum Holland, Furman
MF Dylan Gaither, Mercer
MF Fernando Garcia, UNCG
D Cole McLagan, Furman
D Emmanuel Hagan, UNCG
D Buster Sjoberg, Wofford
GK Ben Hale, Furman 

Second Team

F Niccolo Dagnoni, Belmont
F Liam O’Brien, Belmont
F Jared Leheta, ETSU
F Dawson Gideon, Mercer
MF AJ Chastonay, Belmont
MF Kieran Richards, ETSU
MF Mani Austmann, UNCG
D Jack Shaw, Belmont
D Tommy Kay, Furman
D Kareve Richards, Mercer
GK Drew Romig, Belmont  

All-Freshman Team

AJ Chastonay, MF, Belmont
Michael Saunders, MF, Belmont
Eric Stiles, MF, Belmont
Jared Leheta, F, ETSU
Tarik Pannholzer, F, ETSU
Josh Hosie, D, Furman
Sam Miller, MF, Furman
Jake Raine, F, Furman
Nick Wanzer, MF, Mercer
Theo Collomb, F, UNCG
Emmanuel Hagan, D, UNCG
Niclas Wild, GK, UNCG