Oct. 18, 2006|
JOVICIC, MATTHEWS HEADLINE MEN'S SOCCER ALL-GLVC SELECTIONS
NKU'S BISHOP NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR; BASALYGA SELECTED COACH OF THE YEAR
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - The University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Bojan Jovicic (Milwaukee, Wis.) is the Great Lakes Valley Conference 2006 Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's John Matthews (Edwardsville, Ill.) has been announced as the recipient of the GLVC Defensive Player of the Year Award. The pair headlines the 2006 All-GLVC Men's Soccer First Team as selected by the league's head coaches.
Each guided his team to the front of the conference standings and helped them secure championship tournament berths.
Jovicic, a junior forward for the Rangers, scored 13 conference goals in 13 games and posted eight assists. He led the conference in several offensive categories and finished the conference run with 34 points and four game-winning goals.
Ranked 19th in the latest NSCAA/adidas Division II national poll, the Rangers placed third in the GLVC regular season standings and are currently 11-2-3 overall. Jovicic has collected 18 goals and nine assists against all competition this season and is ranked sixth in NCAA Division II in goals per game (1.2), fourth in the nation in points per game (3.0) and 13th in assists per game (0.6).
Matthews, a senior midfielder for SIU Edwardsville, is a key component of the Cougars' stingy defense. He helped lead a group that allowed just seven conference goals and posted a goals- against-average of 0.53. In addition to his ability to control the ball, he has been one of the Cougars' top offensive threats. Matthews netted three goals in conference-play, with all three being game-winning scores. He added two assists for eight points.
His efforts enabled SIU Edwardsville to claim its fourth consecutive regular season title and No. 1 seed for the GLVC Championship Tournament. The Cougars finished the GLVC schedule with a 10-2-1 record. They are 11-3-3 overall and ranked ninth in the country. Matthews has helped the Cougars notch five-straight shutout victories. They have allowed just 16 goals on the year and Matthews has five goals scored to tie for the team-lead.
Northern Kentucky University's Braden Bishop (Centerville, Ohio) has also received special recognition from the conference and is the GLVC Freshman of the Year. He has helped lead the Norse into the GLVC Championship Tournament and posted four goals and three assists against league foes on the year. Overall, Bishop has scored a team-high seven goals with three-game winning scores. He has three assists and a team-high 17 points.
Coach John Basalyga guided the Norse this year to a 9-2-2 conference record and No. 2 seed in the GLVC Championship Tournament. For his work, the fourth-year head coach has been honored by his peers as the GLVC Coach of the Year. Basalyga's 2005 squad finished 6-5-2 in conference play, and his marked improvements with the squad this season were noticed. His team currently boasts a 12-2-2 record overall and the Norse are ranked 15th in the country. Basalyga is 39-25-9 at Northern Kentucky during his tenure.
Eight GLVC student-athletes join Jovicic, Matthews and Bishop on the All-GLVC First Team. They include Bellarmine University's Phil Glaser, Lewis University's Anthony Szymel and Cory Mastey, SIU Edwardsville's Mike Zaegel, Zach Bauer and Mike Banner and UW-Parkside's Greg Walasek and Bill Haga.
In addition, the GLVC has announced an 11-member All-GLVC Second Team and 12 All-GLVC Honorable Mention selections. The complete list of All-GLVC selections follows…
Offensive Player of the Year: Bojan Jovicic, UW-Parkside
Defensive Player of the Year: John Matthews, SIU Edwardsville
Freshman of the Year: Braden Bishop, Northern Kentucky
Coach of the Year: John Basalyga, Northern Kentucky
ALL-GLVC FIRST TEAM
Braden Bishop, Fr., Northern Kentucky - Freshman of the Year
Bojan Jovicic, Jr., UW-Parkside - Offensive Player of the Year
Cory Mastey, So., Lewis
Mike Banner, Sr., SIU Edwardsville
Phil Glaser, Sr., Bellarmine
Bill Haga, Sr., UW-Parkside
John Matthews, Sr., SIU Edwardsville - Defensive Player of the Year
Zach Bauer, So., SIU Edwardsville
Greg Walasek, Sr., UW-Parkside
Mike Zaegel, Sr., SIU Edwardsville
Anthony Szymel, So., Lewis
ALL-GLVC SECOND TEAM
Andy Held, Fr., Missouri-Rolla
Colin Huber, So., Missouri-St. Louis
Jon Walker, So., Indianapolis
Tony Capurro, Jr., Northern Kentucky
Victor Pacheco, Sr., SIU Edwardsville
Kevin Thibodeau, Sr., SIU Edwardsville
Andy Bacon, Jr., Northern Kentucky
Dan Impellizerri, Jr., Northern Kentucky
Randy Roy, Fr., SIU Edwardsville
Michael Ruffolo, Sr., UW-Parkside
Zach Hoette, Sr., Missouri-St. Louis
ALL-GLVC HONORABLE MENTION
Neil Covington, Fr., Drury
John Higgins, Jr., Indianapolis
Anthony Marsico, Jr., Lewis
Michael Ragsdale, Sr., Rockhurst
Tony Ray, So., Northern Kentucky
Carl Baker, Jr., Rockhurst
Andy Donahoe, Sr., Kentucky Wesleyan
Derek Pelate, Sr., Missouri-Rolla
Cody Reinberg, Jr., Drury
Nenad Savic, Jr., Quincy
Brian Shepherd, Sr., Southern Indiana
Chad Becker, So., Rockhurst