GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG senior forward Hakan Ilhan (Stuttgart, Germany/Univ. of Stuttgart) was named First Team All-Southern Conference while fifth-year senior goalkeeper Peyton Ford (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) was chosen Second Team All-SoCon by the league coaches, it was announced Tuesday afternoon. Freshman midfielder Lukas Zarges (Friedrichsdorf, Germany/Philip Reis Schule) was chosen to the league's All-Freshman team to round out the postseason accolades.
Ilhan, a three-year member of the Spartans, picks up his third First Team All-SoCon honor after leading the team and ranking fourth in the league with 21 points. He becomes the sixth Spartan all-time to earn All-SoCon First Team accolades three times in a career, joining the likes of Alejandro Moreno, Scott Jones, Randle Patterson, David Worthen and Jokull Ellsabetarson. He scored a team-high seven goals while also dishing out seven assists for the Spartans.
"Hakan has score most of our huge goals, both this year and in the past three years," head coach Justin Maullin
said. "He was a huge reason as to why we won two regular season trophies and one postseason title in his three years. His tactical awareness and clinical finishing are hard to find. He is one of the better forwards in the country, and we will miss him dearly here at UNCG."
Ilhan, a two-time All-Region selection, finished his career with 77 total points in 58 career games as he scored 29 goals and dished out 19 assists. His 29 career goals scored rank 16th all-time in program history, while his 19 assists ranked 22nd all-time in UNCG records.
Ford picks up his second straight Second Team All-SoCon accolade after playing all but 77 minutes in goal for the Spartans this season. He posted an 1.51 goals against average with three shutouts on the year. He finishes his career as the Spartans' all-time leader in minutes played with 6625:42 minutes in goal, while his 21 career shutouts rank second all-time in program history.
"Peyton has been with me for five years now and has been a mainstay in the net for us," Maullin said. "He is one of the better goalkeepers to ever suit up at UNCG, as evident in the many records he broke during his tenure here. He is not only a good goalkeeper, by a super person as well. He excelled in the classroom and was honor as a member for the Phi Beta Kappa Society and is now in our MBA program. Players like Peyton do not come around too often and I am fortunate to have spent the past five years coaching him."
Zarges becomes the ninth Spartan all-time to be named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team, dating back to its inception in 2008. He finished third on the team with nine points in 16 games as he scored three goals and dished out three assists. He scored his first career goal against UNC Asheville (Sept. 2) and notched his first career game-winning goal in the Spartans' SoCon opener at Davidson (Sept. 25).
"Lukas is a very talented player who had a slow start with some injuries in preseason," Maullin said. "He got better and better each game and the future here at UNCG is very bright for Lukas. We expect these accolades to continue in his next three years."
Southern Conference Postseason Honors
Player of the Year - Chris Thomas, Sr., F, Elon
Coach of the Year - Darren Powell, Elon
Freshman of the Year - Nestor Jaramillo, MF, Wofford
F Chris Thomas, Elon
F Coleton Henning, Furman
F Hakan Ilhan, UNCG
MF Sean de Silva, College of Charleston
MF Michael Gandier, Furman
MF Martin Ontiveros, Furman
MF Alex Hutchins, Wofford
D Lee Williams, Appalachian State
D Nicky MacKain, Furman
D Walker Zimmerman, Furman
GK Danny Free, Appalachian State
F Luke Hugget, College of Charleston
F Gabe Latigue, Elon
F Carlos Dominguez Gonzalez, Wofford
MF Ralphie Lundy, College of Charleston
MF Matt Wescoe, Elon
MF Hunter Norton, Georgia Southern
D Daan Brinkman, College of Charleston
D Drew Ruggles, Georgia Southern
D Forrest Lasso, Wofford
GK Kees Heemskerk, College of Charleston
GK Peyton Ford, UNCG
Samuel McBride, Elon
Miguel Salazar, Elon
Tyler Peoples, Furman
Tony Santibanez, Furman
Eric Steber, Furman
Rocco Bagley, Georgia Southern
Eric Dinka, Georgia Southern
Reed Norton, Georgia Southern
Lukas Zarges, UNCG
Connor Davis, Wofford
Nestor Jaramillo, Wofford
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