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Men's Soccer Honored at MVC Awards Banquet

SIUE Cougars honored as the MVC regular season champion
SIUE Cougars honored as the MVC regular season champion

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ST. LOUIS – Nine SIUE Cougars and the SIUE coaching staff were among those honored Thursday night at the Missouri Valley Conference's men's soccer awards banquet at the Double Tree by Hilton Collinsville St. Louis.

"Thanks to the University and the MVC for a wonderful night and the opportunity to recognize all of the individuals."

On the eve of the MVC Men's Soccer Tournament semifinals, The SIUE staff led by first-year Head Coach Mario Sanchez was honored as the league's coaching staff of the year after guiding SIUE to its first MVC regular season title thanks to a 5-1 mark in league play.

"It takes an entire staff to be successful," Sanchez said. "I couldn't be happier with the commitment everyone on our staff has made to helping the program be successful." 

Senior forward Jabari Danzy and junior defender Austin Ledbetter each earned All-Missouri Valley Conference first team honors. The award is the first All-MVC honor for Danzy. The selection is the third for Ledbetter, who was an honorable mention selection last season and a member of the All-Freshman team in 2013.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo, sophomore forward Devyn Jambga, junior midfielder Ivan Gutierrez, senior midfielder Paul Scheipeter, and senior defenders Justin Bilyeu and Brett Lane each were named to the All-MVC second team. Only Bilyeu and Lane have previously earned All-MVC honors. Bilyeu earned second team honors a season ago and was an honorable mention in 2013. Lane was an All-Freshman pick in 2012.

Keegan McHugh was named to the Honorable Mention team as well as earning a spot on the MVC All-Freshman team.

Loyola goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski won the Goalkeeper of the Year award while teammate Eric Shoendorf was named as the league's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

The evening concluded with SIUE being presented with the trophy as the MVC regular season champion.

"I am happy for the team and for the individuals who were recognized," Sanchez added. "The individual honors area result of the success we had as a team. They are team awards as much as they are individual awards." 

The Cougars will face Loyola in the MVC Tournament semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. at Korte Stadium.

MVC All-Conference Teams:

First Team
GK - Tim Dobrowolski, Loyola
F - Grant Bell, Bradley
F - Wes Carson, Central Arkansas
F - Jabari Danzy, SIUE
MF - Mark Anthony Gonzalez, Evansville
MF - Jack Griffin, Missouri State
MF - Mueng Sunday, Drake
MF - James Wypych, Drake
D - Alec Bartlett, Drake
D - Austin Ledbetter, SIUE
D - Eric Schoendorf, Loyola 

Second Team
GK - Kyle Dal Santo, SIUE
F - Devyn Jambga, SIUE
F - Nate Opperman, Evansvile
MF - Elliot Collier, Loyola
MF - Ivan Gutierrez, SIUE
MF - Fabian Lifka, Loyola
MF - Paul Scheipeter, SIUE
MF - Kyle Thomson, Loyola
D - Justin Bilyeu, SIUE
D - Daniel Hare, Loyola
D - Brett Lane, SIUE

Honorable Mention
GK - Logan Ketterer, Bradley
MF - Frank Bak, Bradley
MF - Brandon Barbero, Missouri State
MF - Alex Garcia, Bradley
MF - Ben LeMay, Drake
MF - Ian McGrath, Evansville
MF - Keegan McHugh, SIUE
MF - Phil Woods, Missouri State
D - Andrew Brown, Bradley
D - Kirill Likhovid, Loyola
D - Jacob Taylor, Bradley


All-Freshman Team
F - Conor Ingram, Missouri State
F - Nic James, Drake
F - Connor Stevenson, Loyola
MF - Frank Bak, Bradley
MF - Zac Blaydes, Evansville
MF - Jake Buckle, Missouri State
MF - Chris Holmes, Central Arkansas
MF - Daltyn Knutson, Central Arkansas
MF - Fabian Lifka, Loyola
MF - Keegan McHugh, SIUE
D - Trevor Baum, Evansville


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