Nine A-Sun Men's Soccer Student-Athletes Tabbed All-Region

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MACON, Ga. - Nine Atlantic Sun Men's Soccer student-athletes landed on the NCAA All-South Region team, announced on Sunday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. ETSU's David Geno, the A-Sun Player of the Year, earned first team honors, while Mercer led the way with three selections.

NCAA All-South Region First Team
David Geno, ETSU -
Geno broke ETSU’s single-season records in goals, assists and points on the 2012 campaign, scoring 11 times while lending eight assists to amass 30 total points. Those marks were some of the best in the NCAA this year, ranking Geno among the nation’s top 25 in points per game (1.50) and total points, while also finishing top 30 in total goals and total assists.

NCAA All-South Region Second Team
Itode Fubara, ETSU -
Fubara landed second-team honors at the midfield position. The 2010 Atlantic Sun Tournament MVP scored twice while registering three assists to end up with seven points on the year. Although the individual statistics do not necessarily reflect it, Fubara was a critical part of the Buccaneers’ defensive midfield. ETSU posted seven shutouts and held opponents to a goals against average of 0.93 in 20 games, thanks in large part to Fubara’s play at his defensive position. Fubara was named to the A-Sun All-Tournament Team in mid-November for the third time in his career.

Felipe DeSousa, FGCU - DeSousa was FGCU’s biggest offensive threat in his first season on the pitch, equaling a program single-season record with seven goals while leading the team with 15 points. Highlighting DeSousa’s seven goals over 15 games played, which ranked third in the A-Sun, were a league-leading and program record five game-winners. The Vila Velha, Brazil native became just the second player in program history to score a goal in three straight games. Following the regular season, DeSousa was named the A-Sun Freshman of the Year, while also finding a spot on the league’s All-Conference first team and All-Freshmen team. With his overtime game-winner against Lipscomb in the A-Sun semifinals, he was named to the A-Sun All-Tournament team. DeSousa was also named to the College Soccer News All-Freshmen third team following the season.

Daniel Stanese, FGCU - Stanese’s accolade comes less than two weeks after participating in the Under-20 Canadian National team camp in Sunrise, Fla. Also an A-Sun All-Freshmen team choice, Stanese started all and played every minute of the 18 games he particpated. The towering 6-foot-5 center back helped guide the youthful FGCU defense to eight shutouts in its last nine games, allowing just one goal in the final 592 minutes. For the season, the Eagles led the A-Sun in shutouts with nine and ranked 14th in the nation in shutout percentage (.47).

Josh Shutter, Mercer - For Shutter, the honor caps a stellar three-year career with Mercer that saw him develop into one of the top center backs in the country. The Sinking Spring, Pa. native had seven points on two goals and three assists this season and has already been recognized for his play by being voted an A-Sun All-Conference first team selection and named the A-Sun Conference Defender of the Year.

NCAA All-South Region Third Team
Ashani Samuels, Mercer -
Shutter's partner on the Bears backline, Samuels, is no slouch himself, using his 6-4 frame to become one of the most feared defenders in the A-Sun. The West Moreland, Jamaica native had eight points in 2012 on three goals and two assists and was also named to the A-Sun All-Conference first team.

Carl-Oscar Andersson, Mercer - Andersson has already shown that he is one of the best midfielders in the conference and the unquestioned leader of a Bears offense that has scored 56 goals over the past two seasons. The Falkenberg, Sweden product recorded 11 points on three goals and five assists this season and now has a Third Team All-Region selection to go along with an All-Conference second team nod.

Greg Ranjitsingh, Mercer - Ranjitsingh's regional honor comes after a season that was one of the best for a goalkeeper in the nation. The A-Sun All-Conference second team netminder led the league with a 0.87 goals against average and 93 saves and ranked 12th in the country with a sparkling .838 save percentage.

Alesi Osorio, ETSU - Osorio rounded out ETSU’s all-region selections, being named to the third team as one of four midfielders. The Buccaneer senior scored four goals and notched three assists for 11 points on the season, ranking second on the team in all three statistical categories. Osorio had a knack for scoring in clutch moments, finishing off Stetson, 1-0, with a score late in the game to earn ETSU a berth into the 2012 A-Sun Tournament Championship, while also scoring ETSU’s only goal in a 1-1 draw at then-No. 25 Furman. Osorio ends his ETSU career as the Bucs’ all-time leader in games played and started, making 77 appearances and 73 starts.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.