GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men’s soccer seniors Mahdi Ali (Helsinki, Finland/Lukio Vuosaaren) and Oddur Gudmundsson (Reykjavik, Iceland/Breidholti) have been named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association's University Division All-State team, the organization announced Wednesday.
Ali earned First Team All-State honors as one of three defenders chosen to the top team. The First Team All-Southern Conference selection anchored the Spartans’ backline that recorded six shutouts on the year helping UNCG finish third in the league. He played and started all 19 games this season and added an offensive dynamic this season. He scored seven points on the year on the strength of three goals and one assist. Ali scored the game-winning goals against UNC Asheville in the opener and at James Madison.
Ali played and started every game in his UNCG career on defense. He finished his career playing 78 career games in a row, 22 his freshman year, 20 his sophomore, 17 his junior and 19 his senior year. The two-time team captain helped the Spartans win two SoCon Championships during his career and a berth into the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Gudmundsson was named to the Second Team All-State after also earning Second Team All-SoCon honors from his midfield position. He finished tied for second on the team in scoring with 10 points on the year, scoring four goals and adding two assists. He scored a goal against No. 11 Virginia, Georgia State and finished the regular season with two goals at Elon.
Gudmundsson earns his first ever All-Conference accolade this season after playing in 59 career games for the Spartans. He finishes his career with 13 goals scored and seven assists, having tallied at least 10 points in his last three years.
NCCSIA All-State University Division Men's Soccer Team
GK - Klay Davis, Charlotte
D - Austin Yearwood, High Point University
D - Mahdi Ali, UNCG
D - Jacob VanCompernolle, UNCW
M - Daniel Lovitz, Elon University
M - Aidan Kirkbride, Charlotte
M - Matt Wescoe, Elon University
M - Ali Al-Gashamy, Gardner-Webb University
F - Mamadee Nyepon, High Point University
F - Denzel Clarke, Gardner-Webb University
F - Jason Waterman, Elon University
GK - Nathan Dean, Elon University
D - Marius Hammersmark, Gardner-Webb University
D - Harrison Delbridge, Appalachian State University
D - Austin Dunker, Elon University
M - David Sizemore, UNCW
M - Adam Sewell, High Point University
M - Justin Franz, Campbell
M - Oddur Gudmundsson, UNCG
F - Kyle Parker, Charlotte
F - Colin Bonner, UNCW
F - Giuseppe Gentile, Charlotte
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