NCCSIA Announces 2016 University Division All-State Men's Soccer Teams

The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) has announced the 23 members of the 2016 University Division All-State Men's Soccer Team. 17 different N.C. Division I institutions were recognized and every selection was named all-conference in their respective leagues.

Charlotte landed a pair of first team defenders headlined by unanimous selection Luke Waechter. He was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team all-conference honoree. Waechter, a senior from Evans, Georgia, anchored the 49er defense that only allowed nine goals in 17 matches. Waechter and the 49ers earned a national seed to the NCAA Tournament and captured the C-USA regular-season title.

Waechter's teammate Matej Dekovic, a senior, was also selected as a first-team defender.  Dekovic, an All-C-USA first team selection, helped Charlotte record 10 shutouts and only allow nine goals all season with a 0.51 goals against average. The Zagreb, Croatia native was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on October 31 and also played a major role in the 49ers' C-USA regular season championship.

UNCW freshman Mark Lindstrom (Gastrikland, Sweden) rounded out the first team defensive unit. Lindstrom was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association second team and all-rookie team. He led all Seahawk field players with 1,497 minutes played and started all 17 contests. Lindstrom was selected to Top Drawer Soccer National Team-of-the-Week on Sept. 13 and was honored as the defensive MVP at SpringHill Suites Classic.

Elon sophomore Nick Adamczyk was one of four unanimous first-team midfield selections. Adamczyk, a native of Social Circle, Georgia, was an All-CAA second team honoree and led the team with five assists. He ranked in the top five in the league in total assists and was sixth in assists per game at 0.29. Adamczyk also scored his first career goal versus San Diego.

Maxi Rodriguez of Charlotte also landed on the first team as a midfielder. The senior from San Antonio, Texas scored a pair of goals for the C-USA champion 49ers to be selected as an all-conference third team honoree. Rodriguez's two goals were a career high.

The C-USA Offensive Player of the Year Brandt Bronico from Charlotte was also named a first-team midfielder. The senior earned the league's Golden Boot award as the conference's top scorer with eight goals. Bronico added five assists for a total of 21 points en route to his third-straight All-C-USA first team selection. The High Point, North Carolina native was also a co-captain of the 49ers team which earned a national seed to the NCAA Tournament.

UNCW sophomore Joel Bylander also picked up a first team nod in the midfielder slot. A second team All-CAA selection, Bylander ranked second among Seahawk field players in minutes played. The Stockholm, Sweden native recorded a pair of assists in 3-1 win over UMBC and started 16-of-17 possible matches.

The three first team forward selections were also all unanimous selections. Elijah Agu of Elon scored 11 goals on the year, the most for the Phoenix since 2013. An All-CAA first team selection, Agu had four multi-goal single-game performances including Elon's first hat trick since 2005 with his three-score contest versus St. Bonaventure. The junior from Cary, North Carolina had four game-winners during the year and accounted for 23 total points.

Elon sophomore Jaiden Fortune joined teammate Agu on the first team as a forward. He finished second on the team in total points with nine on three goals and three assists. Fortune (Orlando, Fla.) had a pair of game-winners during the season including a goal in the Phoenix's 2-0 win at Drexel on Oct. 15. He was named to the All-CAA third team.

UNCW junior Julio Moncada was the third first team forward selection. Moncada was a first team All-CAA selection after leading the Seahawks in goals (8), assists (3) and points (19). The Puerto Cortes, Honduras native led the CAA with six game-winning goals, which tied the UNCW single-season record. Moncada's regular season accolades included the NCAA Soccer Division I Player-of-the-Week on Oct. 19, a College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer National Team-of-the-Week member on Oct. 17-18 and the SpringHill Suites Classic Offensive MVP.

The first team goalkeeper was Charlotte freshman Elliot Panicco. Honored as the C-USA Golden Glove Award winner given to the league's top goalkeeper, Panicco finished the season with a 0.51 goals-against average with 48 saves and 10 shutouts. The Huntersville, North Carolina native also picked up C-USA Freshman of the Year honors, all-conference first team honors and was a member of the league's all-freshman team. Panicco's 49er defense allowed just nine goals in 17 matches.

Picking up NCCSIA second team honors were Elon junior defender Jonathan Coleby (Middlesbrough, U.K.), Campbell sophomore defender Daniel Mukuna (Manchester, England), Campbell freshman defender Edward Fulwood (Manchester, England), Campbell freshman midfielder Gideon Betz (Schlüchtern, Germany), Campbell senior forward Pepe Rangel (Chio, Calif.) and UNCW sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Cretens (Zebulon, N.C.).

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

 

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 University Division All-State Men's Soccer Teams

First Team

 
 
 

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

GK

Elliot Panicco

Fr.

Charlotte

Huntersville, N.C.

D

Luke Waechter

Sr.

Charlotte

Evans, Ga.

D

Matej Dekovic

Sr.

Charlotte

Zagreb, Croatia

D

Mark Lindstrom

Fr.

UNCW

Gastrikland, Sweden

M

Nick Adamczyk

So.

Elon

Social Circle, Ga.

M

Brandt Bronico

Sr.

Charlotte

High Point, N.C.

M

Maxi Rodriguez

Sr.

Charlotte

San Antonio, Texas

M

Joel Bylander

So.

UNCW

Stockholm, Sweden

F

Elijah Agu

Jr.

Elon

Cary, N.C.

F

Jaiden Fortune

So.

Elon

Orlando, Fla.

F

Julio Moncada

Jr.

UNCW

Puerto Cortes, Honduras

 
 
 
 
 

Second Team

 
 
 

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Hometown

GK

Ryan Cretens

R-So.

UNCW

Zebulon, N.C.

D

Jonathan Coleby

Jr.

Elon

Middlesbrough, U.K.

D

Daniel Mukuna

So.

Campbell

Manchester, England

D

Edward Fulwood

Fr.

Campbell

Manchester, England

M

Gideon Betz

Fr.

Campbell

Schlüchtern, Germany

F

Pepe Rangel

Sr.

Campbell

Chico, Calif.