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Three Spartans named to NCCSIA soccer squad

Release: December 13, 2011
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GREENSBORO, N.C.—Men's soccer standouts Kris Byrd, Peyton Ford and Hakan Ilhan have been named to the 2011 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association's University Division All-State Men's Soccer Team.

The UNCG trio represents one-quarter of the 12-player squad. The team consists of NCAA Division I student-athletes from North Carolina colleges and universities.  Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals.  NCCSIA members voted for the all-state teams.

Byrd and Ilhan are repeat selections.

Byrd, a senior defender, was named 1st-team All-Southern Conference for the second straight season after anchoring the Spartans' defense during their regular-season title run. Byrd and his defensive mates recorded 10 shutouts in 20 matches. In SoCon play, the Spartans allowed just one goal in seven matches.

Ford, a junior goalkeeper, enjoyed a record-setting season for UNCG. In 18 matches, Ford posted a school-record 0.70 goals-against average while recording nine shutouts and making 72 saves. A two-time player of the week and a 2nd-team All-SoCon pick, Ford allowed one goal in seven conference matches.

Ilhan, a junior forward, was also a 1st-team all-conference selection and a 3rd-team all-region pick. He led the Spartans with 10 goals and 25 points. Four of his goals were game winners.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2011 University Division All-State Men's Soccer Team
Nominated by North Carolina Sports Information professionals / Selected by NCCSIA members
Pos. / Name / Class / School / Hometown
GK / Peyton Ford * / Jr. / UNC Greensboro / Jamestown, N.C.
D / Kris Byrd ** / Sr. / UNC Greensboro / Huntersville, N.C.
D / Jon Ole Reinhardsen * / Jr. / Gardner-Webb / Kristiansand, Norway
D / Charles Rodriguez ** / Sr. / Charlotte / Franklin, Tenn.
MF / Mitchell Cardenas * / Jr. / Campbell / Mexico City, Mexico
MF / Tyler Gibson ** / So. / Charlotte / Knoxville, Tenn.
MF / Nick Millington * / Sr. / Elon / Raleigh, N.C.
MF / Shawn Sloan ** / Jr. / High Point / Geneva, Ill.
MF / Donnie Smith ** / Jr. / Charlotte / Matthews, N.C.
F / Giuseppe Gentile * / Fr. / Charlotte / Charlotte, N.C.
F / Hakan Ilhan ** / Jr. / UNC Greensboro / Stuttgart, Germany
F / Evan James * / Sr. / Charlotte / Mississauga, Ontario
* indicates number of career all-state selections


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