KIAC All-Conference Men's Soccer Team features three Point Park players, coach
Nov. 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. ET
KIAC Defensive Player of the Year Matt Dziak is one of Point Park's all-conference honorees. Photo by Evan Schall.
KIAC ALL-CONF. TEAM
PITTSBURGH -- The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Men's Soccer Team has been announced by the conference office, and three Point Park players and the Pioneers' head coach were named in the awards.
Headlining the honors for KIAC/GCAC Tournament champion Point Park (12-6-1, 4-0-0 KIAC) was senior central defender Matt Dziak, who was named the KIAC Defensive Player of the Year, and Pioneers head coach Jeroen Walstra, who was named KIAC Coach of the Year.
Joining Matt Dziak (North Versailles, Pa./East Allegheny) on the KIAC All-Conference Team were sophomore center midfielder Jonty Loukes (Sheffield, England) and junior forward Ousman Jaiteh (The Gambia, West Africa).
The Point Park honorees received all-conference mention for the first times in their careers. There were 14 players named to the KIAC All-Conference Team, and there was not a second team named. KIAC/GCAC runner-up Asbury (Ky.) led the conference with all five of its nominees making the list whereas Point Park was second with three picked as all-conference.
Brescia (Ky.) forward James Anderson, a junior, was named KIAC Offensive Player of the Year with a league-high 18 goals. Point Park's captain Loukes finished second in the voting for that honor. The Pioneers' Dziak was KIAC Defensive Player of the Year as the defender with the most votes. The KIAC All-Conference Team was selected from voting done by the KIAC's five head coaches.
Dziak is a four-year starter at center defense for the Pioneers. With Dziak starting all 19 games this year, Point Park ranks first in the KIAC with 27 goals against (1.42 per game). Point Park is 43-22-2 (.656) during his time as a starter the last four years.
Coach Walstra got his third conference Coach of the Year honor by leading the Pioneers to another conference title and national tournament appearance. The seventh-year head coach was KIAC Coach of the Year in 2012 and AMC Coach of the Year in 2011.
Loukes was the top midfielder in the KIAC ranking second in the conference with 30 points and first with 14 assists. Loukes leads Point Park in points and assists and is also tied for second on the team with eight goals. The Pioneers' captain totaled a team-high five points in the conference tournament to lead Point Park to the title.
Loukes is sixth in the NAIA in total assists (14), a big reason why Point Park ranks seventh national in goals scored (66) and eighth in the country in goals per game (3.47).
Jaiteh leads Point Park with nine goals, and he took the team lead with the tying goal in a 2-1 victory over Asbury (Ky.) in the conference tournament finals. He is second only to KIAC Offensive Player of the Year Anderson among KIAC goal scorers, and he also totaled 21 points, good for third on the team.
Point Park won the KIAC regular season and tournament titles for the second year in a row. The Pioneers are 11-0 all-time versus KIAC competition, including playoffs. Point Park is in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round for the second year in a row and begins national tourney play Nov. 23 at No. 2-ranked Rio Grande (1 p.m.).