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Six Golden Eagles Earn Post-Season Summit Honors

Courtesy: Summit League Media Relations
          Release: 11/11/2010
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ROCHESTER, Mich. - UMKC's John Bayron Sosa was named Summit League Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Brian Quintana claimed Defensive Player of the Year honors to headline the league's 2010 men's soccer awards. IUPUI freshman forward Jeff Keyler earned the Newcomer of the Year award and UMKC coach Rick Benben was selected as Coach of the Year. In addition to collecting three of the four individual awards, the league champion Kangaroos placed a trio of players on both the first and second all-league teams.

Sosa, a senior midfielder, scored six goals and added two assists for 14 total points during the season and became UMKC's third consecutive Offensive Player of the Year recipient following Brian Harris in 2008 and Bryan Perez last season. The senior forward notched a hat trick on Oct. 23, setting league highs for goals and points, while helping UMKC to a league-best 1.35 goals per game.

Quintana, a senior defender, buoyed a UMKC defense that recorded the league's lowest goals against average (0.85) and allowed the fewest goals (15).

Keyler, the Newcomer of the Year, ranks fourth in The Summit League in assists (4), fifth in points (13) and sixth in goals (5). Benben guided UMKC to its first No. 1 seed and first regular season title since 2003, to earn his fourth career Coach of the Year award.

Three of the four Summit League tournament qualifiers, UMKC, Oakland and Oral Roberts, each placed a league-high three players on the first team. Joining Sosa and Quintana was Kangaroo teammate Jimmy Simon (7 G, 15 pts.) while the Golden Grizzlies trio consisted of midfielder Winston Henderson (4 pts.), defender Vuk Popovic (1 pt.) and goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt (1.33 GAA, 7 ShO) and the Golden Eagles were represented by midfielder Sterling Copeland (4 G, 11 pts.), defender Jon Gann (2 G, 6 pts.) and forward Jarrett Hamilton (6 G, 16 pts.). Rounding out the first team were IPFW forward Max Touloute, the league-leader in goals (8) and points (17), and IUPUI defender Weston Hawkins (1 pt.).

Three more Kangaroos were named to the second team led by goalkeeper Ken Cooper, who owns a league-high eight shutouts and ranks second with a 0.88 goals against average, midfielder Tom Black (1 G, 4 pts.) and forward David Sarabia (3 G, 9 pts.). Western Illinois also had a trio of honorees on the second team in defender Kooten Johnson (2 pts.), midfielder Mariano Leo (1 G, 2 pts.) and goalkeeper Andy Ryan (1.23 GAA, league-high 92 saves). Additional second team nods went to IUPUI's Perez Agaba (4 G, 10 pts.), Centenary's RB Asenime and Heath Cox (6 G, 12 pts.), IPFW's Jorge Ramirez (2G, 7 pts.) and IUPUI's Yogi Snider (3 pts.).

Joining Keyler and Leo on the all-newcomer team were Western Illinois' Charlie Bales (1 G, 4 pts.), Oakland's Andrew Barrett (1 G) and Miche'le Lipari (2 G, 5 pts.), IUPUI's Galen Cassady (1G), UMKC's Donovann Castro and Jeffrey Stezovsky (2 pts.) and Oral Roberts' trio of Johnny Chavez (2 G, 5 pts.), Marco Hernandez (1 pt.) and Daniel Premenko (2G, 4 pts.). 

The 2010 Summit League Championship presented by American Airlines begins Friday, with a pair of semifinals games at the Oakland University Soccer Field in Rochester, Mich. Top-seeded UMKC faces No. 4 seed Oral Roberts in the opening match at 11 a.m. EST while No. 2 IUPUI and No. 3 Oakland meet at 2 p.m. The winners will meet Sunday at noon for The Summit League Championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA College Cup.

John Bayron Sosa, UMKC

Brian Quintana, UMKC

Jeff Keyler, IUPUI

Rick Benben, UMKC

Sterling Copeland, Oral Roberts, Sr., MF
Jon Gann, Oral Roberts, Sr., D
Jarrett Hamilton, Oral Roberts, Jr., F
Weston Hawkins, IUPUI, Sr., D
Winston Henderson, Oakland, Jr., MF
Mitch Hildebrandt, Oakland, Jr., GK
Vuk Popovic, Oakland, Jr., D
Brian Quintana, UMKC, Sr., D
Jimmy Simon, UMKC, Jr., F
John Bayron Sosa, UMKC, Sr., MF
Max Touloute, IPFW, Jr., F
Perez Agaba, IUPUI, Jr., F
RB Asenime, Centenary, Jr., D
Tom Black, UMKC, So., MF
Ken Cooper, UMKC, Sr., GK
Heath Cox, Centenary, Sr., F
Kooten Johnson, Western Illinois, Jr., D
Mariano Leo, Western Illinois, Jr., MF
Jorge Ramirez, IPFW, Sr., MF
Andy Ryan, Western Illinois, Jr., GK
David Sarabia, UMKC, So., F
Yogi Snider, IUPUI, Jr., D

Charlie Bales, Western Illinois, Fr., D
Andrew Barrett, Oakland, Fr., MF
Galen Cassady, IUPUI, Jr., D
Donovann Castro, UMKC, Fr., MF
Johnny Chavez, Oral Roberts, Fr., F
Marco Hernandez, Oral Roberts, Fr., MF
Mariano Leo, Western Illinois, Jr., D
Miche’le Lipari, Oakland, Fr., F
Jeff Keyler, IUPUI, Fr., F
Daniel Premenko, Oral Roberts, Fr., D
Jeffrey Stezovsky, UMKC, Fr., D

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