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Freshman Nelson Oceano, junior Leeroy Maguraushe and junior Matt Mattis were named All-Southern Conference.
Freshman Nelson Oceano, junior Leeroy Maguraushe and junior Matt Mattis were named All-Southern Conference.
Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com

Oceano Named SoCon Freshman Of The Year, Three Named All-SoCon

UNCGSpartans.com 11-07-2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s soccer team finished second overall in the Southern Conference standings and Tuesday the Spartans were rewarded with three All-SoCon selections and three SoCon All-Freshman Team accolades as voted on by the league’s head coaches. Additionally, forward Nelson Oceano (Berlin, Germany) was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year.

The Spartans posted a 9-7-2 overall record and a 6-3-1 mark in SoCon play, tying for the conference lead in wins with six. UNCG led the SoCon with nine shutouts as a team and posted a team goals against average of 0.79. The Spartans’ three All-SoCon sections ranked fourth in the league this season behind ETSU (9), Furman (6) and Mercer (4). The second-seeded Spartans open SoCon Tournament play Friday evening against third-seeded Furman at 6 p.m. in Greenville, S.C.

Oceano becomes the fifth Spartans all-time to earn SoCon All-Freshman honors and the second Spartan in the last three years. He led the team and ranked fourth in the league in scoring with 13 points, leading all freshmen in scoring. He scored a team-high four goals while dishing out five assists. Oceano also was named to the Second Team All-SoCon this year.

Junior midfielder Leeroy Maguraushe (Milton Keynes, England) was the Spartans’ lone representative on the All-SoCon First Team this year. Maguraushe was second on the team in scoring with 11 points, scoring three goals and dishing out five assists. He posted game-winning goals against Mercer, Furman and UNC Asheville. This marks the third-straight season he has earned First Team All-SoCon accolades.

Junior forward Matt Mattis (Little Stoke, England) was named Second Team All-SoCon this year, rounding out the Spartans’ selections on the two All-League teams. Mattis finished tied for the team lead with four goals this season, scoring game-winning goals against VMI and Campbell. He was second on the team with 30 shots.

The Spartans placed a league-high three members on the league’s 11-member All-Freshman team. Joining Oceano on the team included midfielders Cyril Owolabi (Manchester, England) and Alex Henderson (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando). Owolabi played in 17 games and started seven games, including the last five games of the regular season. He scored one goal this season, finding the back of the net against VMI. Henderson played in 18 games and made six starts in the middle. He scored his lone goal this year against No. 3 North Carolina.

Regular season champion ETSU took home Goalkeeper of the Year honors in Jonny Sutherland as well as Coach of the Year accolades in Bo Oshoniyi. Laurence Wyke of Furman was named the league’s Player of the Year after finishing second in the league in scoring.

2017 Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team

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

First Team
F - Bruno Andrade, ETSU
F - Fletcher Ekern, ETSU
F - Will Bagrou, Mercer
F - Lucas Altman, Wofford
M - Serge Gomis, ETSU
M - Laurence Wyke, Furman
M - Leeroy Maguraushe, UNCG
D - Chase Clack, ETSU
D - Kevin Edelmann, Furman
D - Conner Antley, Mercer
GK - Jonny Sutherland, ETSU

Second Team
F - Danny Barlow, ETSU
F - Cole McLagan, Furman
F - Matt Mattis, UNCG
M - Jeffrey George, ETSU
M - Nick Spielman, ETSU
M - Danny Kierath, Furman
M - Nelson Oceano, UNCG
D - Ben Holt, ETSU
D - Kyle McLagan, Furman
D - Trenton Whitely, Mercer
GK - Ben Hale, Furman
GK - Jeremy Booth, Mercer

All-Freshman Team
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

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