Four Blue Hens Named to NSCAA All-Region Team
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Four members of the University of Delaware men’s soccer team earned more post-season accolades as they were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire All-South Atlantic Region Team.
Junior goalkeeper Borja Barbero and freshman forward Guillermo Delgado were named to the NSCAA All-Region first team while senior midfielder Vincent Mediate and junior defender Ignacio Martín earned third team honors.
“Whatever accolades come the way of these young men, they most definitely deserve,” said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. Hennessy himself was recently named the NSCAA South Atlantic Coach of the Year.
The NSCAA, which is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization, is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community. It is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.
Barbero, a 2013 season transfer from Iona College, made an immediate impact on the Blue Hen defensive unit. The junior became the first goalkeeper in Delaware history to earn All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) First Team honors this past season. Barbero played 1,817:27 minutes in goal, setting a new single season record for the Blue Hens. Barbero stopped a league-high 70 shots, while only allowing 25 goals and registering five shutouts.
Delgado, who set new Delaware program records for goals (15) and points (35) by a freshman in a single season along with the record for consecutive games scoring a goal (5), earns yet another post-season honor. In November, Delgado was named CAA Rookie of the Year and was an All-CAA First Team and All-Rookie Team selection. The freshman finished the 2013 season leading the Blue Hens and CAA in goals, points and game-winning goals. On the national scene, Delgado is the only freshman that ranks in the NCAA top-five in goals and points.
Mediate, a highly decorated senior, earns the first NSCAA All-Region honor of his career. The Southlake, Tex. Native was as the heart and soul of the Blue Hen midfield this season. The senior scored one goal and added two assists for Delaware this season. Mediate played in 76 career games for the Hens breaking the program record for career games played.
Martín, who earned the first All-CAA honor of his career this season, also earns his first NSCAA All-Region honor as a Blue Hen. Martín started in 19 of Delaware’s 20 game-season as defense. Martín aided the Blue Hen defense that allowed only 100 shots on goal this season compared to the Delaware offense’s 159 SOG.
Delaware led all CAA teams in placing four student-athletes on the All-South Atlantic Region team. Barbero, Delgado, Mediate and Martín were four of 12 student-athletes who represented the CAA on the All-Region team. Simon Cox of Northeastern and Will Smith of William & Mary were members of the first team while Jacob VanCompernolle of UNCW, Dante Marini of Northeaster, Kevvin Tribbet of Drexel and Chris Griebsch were named the All-Region second team. Tal Bublil and Nathan Page represent Drexel on the third team.
“Our region includes Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams, two of which (Maryland and Virginia) are in the Final Four of the NCAA College Cup this weekend,” said Hennessy. “It is arguably the toughest region in the nation and to have four honorees is quite the honor for our team and our University.”
NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team:
GK – Borja Barbero, Jr. (Delaware); D – Simon Cox, Jr. (Northeastern); D – Will Smith, Sr. (William & Mary); D – Grant Van De Casteele, Sr. (Notre Dame); M – Nick Besler, Jr. (Notre Dame); M – Eric Bird, Jr. (Virginia); M – Justin Portillo, Sr. (Coastal Carolina); M – Ribeiro Pedro, Sr. (Coastal Carolina); F – Guillermo Delgado, Fr. (Delaware); F- Patrick Mullins, Sr. (Maryland); F – Harrison Shipp, Sr. (Notre Dame).
GK – Kyle Renfor, Sr. (Virginia Tech); D – Shawn McLaws, Jr. (Coastal Carolina); D – Uchenna Uzo, So. (Coastal Carolina); D – Jacob VonCompernolle, Jr. (UNCW); M – Jordan Allen, Fr. (Virginia); M – Dante Marini, Sr. (Northeastern); M – Daniel Metzger, Jr. (Maryland); M – Kevin Tribbet, Sr. (Drexel); F – Denzel Clark, Jr. (Gardner-Webb); F – Chris Griebsch, Sr. (Hofstra); F – Zeiko Lewis, Fr. (Boston College).
GK – Pat Wall, Sr. (Notre Dame); D – Michael Ambrose, So. (Maryland); D – Tal Bublil, Sr. (Drexel); D – Ignacio Martín, Jr. (Delaware); M – Patrick Hodan, So. (Notre Dame); M – Vincent Mediate, Sr. (Delaware); M – Nathan Page, Sr. (Drexel); M – Adam Sewell, Sr. (High Point); F – Darius Madison, So. (Virginia); F – Mamdee Nyepon, Jr. (High Point); F – Achille Obougou, Sr. (Winthrop).