Four Railsplitters Earn All-SAC Soccer Honors, McKenna Named SAC Scholar Athlete
November 4, 2010
ROCK HILL, SC -- Lincoln Memorial University placed four players on the All-South Atlantic Conference team, league officials announced Thursday. Aaron McKenna is a first-team selection at midfielder and is joined by defender Lucas Pereira. Midfielder Fernando Silveira and goalkeeper Michael Watkins were named to the second team. McKenna was also named the conference's Scholar Athlete for men's soccer.
McKenna is a senior midfielder majoring in math and chemistry and carries a 3.946 GPA.
He is a three-time All-Conference selection and two-time All-Region selection. This season he has recorded four assists and was a key player for the Railsplitters.
He has been named to the Academic All-Region team by the National Soccer Coaches Association in 2009 and is a peer tutor. He was recently named to the ESPN Academic All-Region first team and is eligible for Academic All-American honors.
McKenna also gives back to the community, serving as a Lincoln Ambassador on campus and volunteers with Roho, a civic group that helps raise money for children to buy clothes and toys at Christmas, and has visited schools to help promote soccer.
Pereira had three goals and three assists this season for the Railsplitters. The senior is making his second straight appearance on the All-SAC First Team.
Silveira makes the All-SAC Second Team for the second straight year. The sophomore had four points and five assists this season.
Watkins closes out his career with his third appearance on the All-SAC squad. He led the SAC this season in shutouts per game (0.44) and save percentage (.826). Watkins also ranks first all-time in the LMU record books in save percentage (.797) and goals against average (.96).
Anderson University junior forward Lasse Sohrweide, who led the South Atlantic Conference in assists per match, was named the 2010 Men's Soccer Player of the Year, while Wingate University Coach Gary Hamill was named Men's Soccer Coach of the Year and Mars Hill's Richard Osterloh was named the conference's Freshman of the Year, the league announced.
Sohrweide, from Flensberg, Germany (Foerdegyu Flensberg) helped lead Anderson a third-place finish in the Trojans' first season as a SAC member. He averaged .59 assists per match and was second in the league with 1.88 points per match.
Hamill guided the Bulldogs to their fourth conference championship, and first since 2001. Hamill, the SAC's coaching leader in overall victories and conference victories, wins the award for the fifth time in his career.
Osterloh, a freshman forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil (Colegio Emece) led the conference with 2.56 points per game and 1.11 goals per game.
Conference co-champion Wingate led the way with six selections on the All-Conference team. Midfielder Luke Mulholland, the 2009 SAC Player of the Year, is joined on the first team by forward Jamie McKenna, defender Gui Andrade and goalkeeper Joey Calandra. Forward Gui Lima and defender Jack Vundum were named to the second team.
Anderson had five All-Conference selections. Joining Sohrweide on the first team are midfielder Adrien Moufflet and defender James Moseley. Forward Clement Samson and defender Zach Denson were selected to the second team.
Conference co-champion Carson-Newman College had four All-Conference selections. Forward Robbie Hill and defender Matt Finlay were named to the first team, while forward Emmanuel Aboagye and defender Adam Thomas were chosen for the second team.
Lenoir-Rhyne University had three to make the All-Conference team. Midfielder Oriol Cortes was a first-team honoree, while forward Nicky Matthews and defender Chris Wilson were named to the second team.
Mars Hill also had three All-Conference selections. Osterloh was a first-team selection, while midfielder Shadi Harb and defender Troy Chavez were named to the second team.
Catawba College midfielder Carson Smith was named to the second team.
The All-Conference teams are selected by the league's head coaches.
The Fair Play Award for men's soccer went to Lenoir-Rhyne. The award goes to the team that demonstrates good sportsmanship in conference play.
The statistical champion and senior awards were also announced.
2010 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
F - Lasse Sohrweide, Anderson
F - Robbie Hill, Carson-Newman
F - Richard Osterloh, Mars Hill
F - Jamie McKenna, Wingate
MF - Adrien Moufflet, Anderson
MF - Oriol Cortes, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF - Aaron McKenna, Lincoln Memorial
MF - Luke Mulholland, Wingate
D - James Moseley, Anderson
D - Matt Finlay, Carson-Newman
D - Lucas Pereira, Lincoln Memorial
D - Gui Andrade, Wingate
GK - Joey Calandra, Wingate
F - Clement Samson, Anderson
F - Emmanuel Aboagye, Carson-Newman
F - Nicky Matthews, Lenoir-Rhyne
F - Gui Lima, Wingate
MF - Carson Smith, Catawba
MF - Fernando Silveira, Lincoln Memorial
MF - Shadi Harb, Mars Hill
MF - Jack Vundum, Wingate
D - Zach Denson, Anderson
D - Adam Thomas, Carson-Newman
D - Chris Wilson, Lenoir-Rhyne
D - Troy Chavez, Mars Hill
GK - Michael Watkins, Lincoln Memorial
Player of the Year: Lasse Sohrweide, Anderson
Freshman of the Year: Richard Osterloh, Mars Hill
Coach of the Year: Gary Hamill, Wingate
Scholar-Athlete: Aaron McKenna, Lincoln Memorial
Fair Play Award: Lenoir-Rhyne
Goals Per Match: Richard Osterloh, Mars Hill, 1.11
Points Per Match: Richard Osterloh, Mars Hill, 2.56
Assists Per Match: Lasse Sohrweide, Anderson, 0.59
Goals Against Average: Joey Calandra, Wingate, 0.80
Goalkeeper Shutouts Per Game: Michael Watkins, Lincoln Memorial, 0.44
Save Percentage: Michael Watkins, Lincoln Memorial, .826
Team Points Per Match: Wingate, 8.38
Team Goals Per Match: Wingate, 3.0
Team Assists Per Match: Wingate, 2.35
Team Shutouts Per Match: Lincoln Memorial, 0.50
Team Goal Against Average: Wingate, 0.80
Team Winning Percentage: Wingate, .875