Pioneers well-represented on KIAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
Nov. 28, 2012 at 2:45 p.m. ET
2012 KIAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team -- (L to R): Coach of the Year: Jeroen Walstra; First Team: Matt Annecchiarico (17), Alex Sala (7), Francis Tabi (8), Brett Gwosden (3).
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University was well-represented on the 2012 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams that were announded last week. The Pioneers (11-7-0) were led by KIAC Coach of the Year Jeroen Walstra, and they tied for the league lead with four members on the all-conference team.
Walstra, who has been the head coach of the Pioneers the last six years, led Point Park to the NAIA national tournament for the first time as the champions of the Unaffiliated Group KIAC/GCAC Tournament.
Making the 14-member KIAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team were Point Park standouts Alex Sala (M, Sr.), Matt Annecchiarico (F, Sr.), Francis Tabi (F, Sr.) and Brett Gwosden (D, Jr.).
The all-conference team was made up of six forwards, three midfielders, three defenders and two goalkeepers. Point Park and conference runner-up Asbury (Ky.) tied for the KIAC lead with four players each on the all-star team.
It was the second year in a row that Walstra was named Coach of the Year. The native of The Netherlands was chosen as the American Mideast Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 and has led Point Park to a record of 23-12-1 the last two seasons.
Sala, a senior midfielder from Austria, got all-conference first team honors for the third year in a row. He had six goals, 24 points and a team-high and career-high 10 assists this year.
Tabi, a senior forward from Ghana, is a first-team selection for the second consecutive year. He posted 12 goals and 24 points as a senior.
Annecchiarico is a senior forward from Woodbridge, Ontario. He was All-AMC second team last year. Annecchiarico tied Tabi for the team lead in goals with 12 and had a team-high 27 points this year.
Gwosden, a junior defender from Elizabeth, Pa., and Serra Catholic High School, got all-conference honors for the second time to go along with his All-AMC second-team nod from a year ago. He was the top defender for the Pioneers and also totaled two goals.
The Point Park team was mainly centered around its offensive abilities led by all-conference seniors Annecchiarico and Tabi up front. The Pioneers were 16th in the NAIA in goals per game at 3.17 and their 57 total goals ranked 20th in the country.
The Pioneers were one win shy of tying the school record for wins in a season. The record of 12 wins was set last year (12-5-1) and also in 1998 (12-5). The men's soccer program was started in 1989 and had only two winning seasons prior to last year.
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