Five Point Park underclassmen earn All-AMC recognition
Nov. 3, 2009
CEDARVILLE, Ohio - Five Point Park University men's soccer players earned All-AMC honorable mention honors after voting results from the conference's coaches were released by the AMC office Tuesday.
Each of the Point Park players recognized for being All-AMC honorable mention earned all-conference accolades for the first time in their career. The group includes two sophomores and three freshmen.
The Point Park players named to the All-AMC honorable mention list includes sophomore goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell (Butler/Butler), sophomore defender Shane Lucas (West Homestead/Steel Valley), freshman forward Francis Tabi (Kumasi, Ghana), freshman forward Matt Annecchiarico (Woodbridge, Ont.) and freshman midfielder Phil Malle (Pittsburgh/Langley).
In his first season as the starting goalkeeper for the Pioneers, O'Donnell (pictured above) ranked in the top five in the country in saves and saves per game. In the final regular season statistics released by the NAIA Monday, the Butler, Pa., native ranked second in the NAIA in saves and fifth in saves per game.
O'Donnell's 150 saves were the most in the AMC, as were his 8.82 saves per game.
Lucas (pictured right) started every game at center defense for the second straight year, and the sophomore defender ranked second on the team with three goals and six points. His three goals came on five shots on goal.
Tabi (at left), a freshman from Kumasi, Ghana, led the Pioneers with four goals and eight points. He scored two goals in a 2-0 win over Pitt-Greensburg, and he also tallied two goals in the next game, a 4-2 loss at Malone.
Annecchiarico (below right), a freshman from Woodbridge, Ont., missed four games due to injury, but displayed talented offensive abilities while making 12 starts.
Malle (below left) was one of only three position players who started all 17 games. As a freshman midfielder, Malle had one assist on the year.
The All-AMC team was led by Luke Holmes of Notre Dame (Ohio), who was named the AMC Player of the Year after scoring 28 goals and 60 points.
Mark Fish, the head coach of regular season champion Roberts Wesleyan, was named the AMC Coach of the Year.
Houghton's Daniel Smith was the AMC Freshman of the Year.
The Fair Play Team Award was given to Houghton.