Silva, Walstra highlight Point Park's KIAC Men's Soccer All-Conference honorees
Nov. 21, 2014 at 12:15 a.m. ET
KIAC Offensive Player of the Year Lucas Silva leads Point Park's all-conference selections. Photo by AU athletics.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University's 2014 KIAC Men's Soccer All-Conference selections are highlighted by KIAC Offensive Player of the Year Lucas Silva and KIAC Coach of the Year Jeroen Walstra.
The Pioneers (15-3, 4-0 KIAC), the No. 23 team in the final NAIA Top 25 Poll and the KIAC Regular Season champions at 4-0 KIAC, had four players and their head coach recognized in the all-conference selections that were announced by the KIAC this week.
Earning a spot on the 14-member 2014 KIAC Men's Soccer All-Conference team were senior forward Lucas Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil), senior midfielder Jonty Loukes (Sheffield, England), sophomore defender Paul Carr (Sheffield, England) and freshman defender Josh Williams (Sheffield, England).
KIAC Tournament champion and KIAC regular-season runner-up Rio Grande, the No. 1 team in the NAIA, led the KIAC with five all-conference honorees followed by four for Point Park and three for third-place Asbury (Ky.). There was not an all-conference second team named.
Point Park took home two of the three major, individual awards with Silva voted as the KIAC Offensive Player of the Year and Walstra the KIAC Coach of the Year. Rio Grande goalkeeper Jon Dodson got the other as KIAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Silva was the clear choice for KIAC Offensive Player of the Year as he had 24 more points and 11 more goals than anyone else in the conference. Silva's amazing senior season included a school-record 26 goals as well as six assists and 58 points.
Silva, a four-year player for the Pioneers, broke the 16-year old school record for goals in a season set by Chris Heh with 21 in 1998. His prolific 2014 campaign includes the following NAIA national statistical rankings this year: first in game-winning goals (8), second in goals per game (1.44), points per game (3.22) and total goals (26), third in total points (58) and fourth in shots on goal per game (2.94).
Silva also made a huge mark on the Point Park men's soccer career record book and nearly became the school's all-time scoring leader. Silva ended his career with 109 points in four years, good for second in school history and just two shy of the Point Park record of 111 by Chris Heh in three seasons from 1996-98.
Silva scored 44 career goals, which ranks second to Heh's record 50 career goals. Silva made 21 career assists, which ranks third in the Pioneers' record book.
Point Park coach Jeroen Walstra collects his fourth-straight conference coach of the year honor, and he is the KIAC Coach of the Year for the third time in a row. The first came as AMC Coach of the Year in 2011.
Walstra is in his eighth year as Point Park men's soccer head coach. The last four years have been terrific with a record of 50-22-2 (.689) overall and 20-3-1 (.854) in conference play. That included a 2014 season of 15-3 that set a team record for wins in a season and another 4-0 mark in conference games, the third in a row.
Loukes earned a spot on the KIAC All-Conference team for the second year in a row. The senior midfielder from Sheffield, England, is a three-year starter in the middle for the Pioneers. This year, he totaled four goals and five assists to rank tied for 11th in the KIAC with 13 total points.
Loukes finished an outstanding Point Park career with 15 goals, 23 assists and 53 points in 50 games. He leaves Point Park ranking highly in the school record book in all three categories. Loukes is eighth in goals, second in assists and tied for sixth in points.
Paul Carr and Josh Williams, both from Sheffield, England, gave Point Park both its central defenders on the KIAC All-Conference team. Carr is a sophomore and Williams a freshman.
Carr started all 18 games on defense and collected four goals and one assist for nine points. He is a two-year starter for the Pioneers, and this season he gained national recognition when he was named NAIA Men's Soccer National Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 22 for his effort in the victory over Rio Grande on Sept. 20.
Williams played 15 games on the Pioneers' defense and was a central figure to Point Park being one of the toughest defensive units in the country. Williams also had one assist on the year.
With Carr and Williams patrolling the defense, Point Park ranked 13th in the NAIA in goals allowed per game at 0.83 with 15 goals against in 18 games. The Pioneers had seven shutouts.
For the complete list of KIAC Men's Soccer All-Conference honorees, visit the link above.
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POINT PARK MEN'S SOCCER ALL-TIME CAREER LEADERS
1. Chris Heh 50 (1996-98)
2. Lucas Silva 44 (2011-14)
3. Francis Tabi 31 (2009-12)
4. Rafal Kolankowski 25 (1992-95)
5. Matt Annecchiarico 23 (2009-12)
6. Alex Sala 17 (2010-12)
7. Yuval Malai 16 (1996-99)
8. Jonty Loukes 15 (2012-14)
1. Tony Barron 26 (1995-98)
2. Jonty Loukes 23 (2012-14)
3. Lucas Silva 21 (2011-14)
4. Alex Sala 19 (2010-12)
5. Derek Cuthbert (1995-97) and Rafal Kolankowski (1992-95) 14
1. Chris Heh 111 (1996-98)
2. Lucas Silva 109 (2011-14)
3. Francis Tabi 69 (2009-12)
4. Rafal Kolankowski 64 (1992-95)
5. Matt Annecchiarico 54 (2009-12)
6. Alex Sala (2010-12) and Jonty Loukes (2011-14), 53