KANSAS CITY, Kan. – UNCG sophomore forward Hakan Ilhan has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Performance Subaru All-South Region Second Team, the NSCAA announced Wednesday.
Ilhan led the Southern Conference by a wide margin with 31 points, eight more than College of Charleston's Sean De Silva, who also landed on the all-region second team. Ilhan's 12 goals also led the league, while his seven assists were second in the SoCon. He was 10th in NCAA Division I in points and 12th in goals.
In his first year on the squad, the Stuttgart, Germany, native helped UNCG to a 12-6-4 overall record and a 4-1-2 mark in league play as the Spartans shared the regular-season league crown and took the top seed at the SoCon Championship. Ilhan scored all four of UNCG's goals in the SoCon Championship – including two game-winners in overtime and another in the last 10 minutes of regulation – to lead the Spartans to their fifth SoCon tournament title and an NCAA tournament berth.
Entering the NCAA tournament, Ilhan had a streak of eight straight games with at least one point. UNCG rode an 11-match unbeaten streak into the tournament, finishing the regular season and SoCon tournament 8-0-3 after a 4-5-1 start.
Ilhan was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection and was the SoCon Player of the Month for October. He also earned a spot on the SoCon All-Tournament Team.
Ilhan is UNCG's first NSCAA all-region performer since Jokill Elisabetarson in 2008 (second team).
NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-South Region
Pos Name Class College
K James Michael Belshaw So. Duke
D Eddie Ababio Sr. North Carolina
D Jalil Anibaba Sr. North Carolina
D James Andrew Wenger So. Duke
M Warren Creavalle Jr. UCF
M Michael Farfan Sr. North Carolina
M Enzo Martinez So. North Carolina
M Josey Portillo Jr. Florida Gulf Coast
F Blake Brettschneider Sr. South Carolina
F Ryan Patrick Finley So. Duke
F Chris Thomas So. Elon
K Clint Irwin Sr. Elon
D Sean Flatley Sr. College of Charleston
D Deion Jones So. Florida Gulf Coast
D Guilherme Reis Sr. East Tennessee State
M Fredrik Brustad Jr. Stetson
M Alex Caskey Sr. Davidson
M Sean De Silva So. College of Charleston
M Nicholas Holland Grossman Sr. Duke
F Miguel DaSilva Sr. Lipscomb
F Hakan Ilhan So. UNCG
F Aaron Schoenfeld Jr. East Tennessee State
K Jimmy Maurer Sr. South Carolina
D Anthony Arena So. Wake Forest
D Ryan Corning Jr. Stetson
D Sebastien Uchechukwu Ibeagha Fr. Duke
D Will Traynor Sr. South Carolina
M Kevan George Jr. UCF
M Stephen McCarthy Sr. North Carolina
M Jonathan Mendoza So. Stetson
F Andy Lubahn So. Wake Forest
F Nicholas Robson So. UCF
F Fabien Vorbe Jr. Furman
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