Three Spartans named to NCCSIA soccer squad
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