Three Demon Deacons Earn All-ACC Men's Soccer Honors
Nov. 10, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's soccer team placed three student-athletes on the 2011 All-ACC team, announced the conference on Thursday, November 10.
Sophomore Jared Watts was voted All-ACC First Team after receiving rookie honors a year ago, and was the only second-year player to be recognized in a vote conducted by the conference's head coaches. Teddy Mullin and Sean Okoli were named to the All-ACC Freshman Team after standout seasons during their first foray into collegiate soccer.
A native of Statesville, N.C., Watts serves as the Deacs' holding midfielder and plays an important role offensively and defensively for head coach Jay Vidovich. He scored his first career goal on Oct. 1 against Virginia Tech - and it was golden. The strike came with just 18 seconds left in double overtime to send the Deacs to a 1-0 ACC win and stands as the latest goal in Wake Forest history since college soccer switched from a 30 minute to 20 minute overtime configuration. The 2010 All-ACC Freshman Team honoree also got credit for his second career assist on Sean Randolph's game-winner versus Clemson on Sept. 9. Watts played in 17 matches, starting 16 of them, during the regular season and is tied for fourth on the squad with 29 shots.
Mullin enrolled at Wake Forest early in 2011, joining the Deacons in the spring and immediately began making an impact in the midfield. The Durham, N.C.-native has played in all 19 matches this season and received the starting nod 10 times. A highly-regarded recruit, Mullin led Wake with six assists during the regular season and also notched his first career goal in a 5-2 win over NC State on Oct. 22. He also played a major role in a 4-3 win over then-No. 25 Virginia on Oct. 14, dishing out two assists for his first-ever multi-point match.
A striker, Okoli fought through a 12 match scoreless streak to begin the season and arrived as one of the Demon Deacons' primary goal threats during the season's final month. The Federal Way, Wash. product contributed his first career point - on a game-winning assist - to a 4-3 win over then-No. 25 Virginia on Oct. 14 and didn't stop scoring for the remainder of the regular season. He had goals in four consecutive matches to close out the year, including a game-winner against William & Mary on Oct. 25 and the Deacons' equalizer against then-No. 4 Maryland in a 1-1 draw on Nov. 3. He was named a Primetime Player of the Week by CollegeSoccer360.com on Nov. 1 and a preseason, "Freshman of Influence," by Soccer America.
Duke's Andrew Wenger was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year after ranking third nationally in points per game (2.21), while North Carolina's Matt Hedges earned Defensive Player of the Year honors leading a defense that allowed a conference-low 13 goals in 19 matches. The Tar Heels also picked up two more superlatives, as Mikey Lopez was voted Freshman of the Year and first year head coach Carlos Somoano was recognized as Coach of the Year.
One of four ACC sides to have multiple All-Freshman honorees, Wake Forest is currently awaiting to learn its fate for the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Deacons closed out their run of play with an 8-7-4 overall record and finished in a three-way tie for third-place in the ACC with a 4-3-1 conference record - the sixth straight year Wake Forest has posted a winning record in the perennially strong soccer league. The NCAA Tournament selection show is slated to occur on Monday, Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on www.NCAA.com.
2011 All-ACC Men's Soccer Team
Name, Class, School - Position
Kyle Bekker, Jr., Boston College - MF; Charlie Rugg, Jr., Boston College - F; James Belshaw, Jr., Duke - GK; Andrew Wenger, Jr., Duke - F; John Stertzer, Jr., Maryland - MF; Casey Townsend, Sr., Maryland - F; Scott Goodwin, Jr., North Carolina - GK; Matt Hedges, Sr., North Carolina - D; Enzo Martinez, Jr., North Carolina - MF; Billy Schuler, Jr., North Carolina - F; Will Bates, Jr., Virginia - F; Jared Watts, So., Wake Forest - MF
Name, Class, School - Position Chris Ager, So., Boston College - D; Cody Mizell, So. Clemson - GK; Sebastien Ibeagha, So., Duke - D; Nick Palodichuk, Fr., Duke - F; Sunny Jane, So., Maryland - MF; Taylor Kemp, Jr., Maryland - D; Patrick Mullins, So., Maryland - F; London Woodberry, Jr., Maryland - D; Kirk Urso, Sr., North Carolina - MF; Brian Ownby, Sr., Virginia - MF; Brian Span, So. Virginia - MF
2011 All-ACC Freshman Men's Soccer Team
Name, School - Position
Diego Medina-Mendez, Boston College - MF; Brynjar Benediktsson, Clemson - F; Amadou Dia, Clemson - F; Andrew Morales, Fr., Duke - MF; Nick Palodichuk, Duke - F; Mikey Lopez, North Carolina - MF; Jordan McCrary, North Carolina - D; Boyd Okwuonu, North Carolina - D; Ryan Zinkhan, Virginia - F; Teddy Mullin, Wake Forest - MF; Sean Okoli, Wake Forest - F
Offensive Player of the Year - Andrew Wenger, Duke
Defensive Player of the Year - Matt Hedges, North Carolina
Freshman of the Year - Mikey Lopez, North Carolina
Coach of the Year - Carlos Somoano, North Carolina
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