MOUNT OLIVE, North Carolina – The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2017 University Division All-State Men's Soccer Teams on Wednesday. A total of 22 student-athletes from five different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
High Point University was one of three teams to land a trio of student-athletes on the all-state first team including two midfielders, Jonathan Bolanos and Ebe Kudolo, and a defender Rashid Tetteh. The Panthers were the 2017 Big South regular season champions but fell in PK's in the championship match ending their season at 10-5-4.
Tetteh was named the Big South co-Defensive Player of the Year and earned a place on the All-Big South first-team. He was a member of a defensive unit that led the conference in goals allowed (3), GAA (0.38), and shutouts (5) during Big South play.
Tetteh's teammate Bolanos also earned a spot on the NCCSIA first-team following a season where the sophomore led the team in points (13), goals (6), shots (31), and shots on goal (15). Bolanos was a Big South first-team all-conference honoree that helped the team to their second Big South regular season title in program history.
The third Panther to make the all-state first team was senior Ebe Kudolo. Kudolo appeared in all 17 games for the Panthers and earned All-Big South first-team honors for the third time in his career. He finished tied for fourth on the team in points (5) and fourth in shots (15).
A trio of Seahawks soared to new accolades as teammates Phillip Goodrum, Ben Fisher and Hjalmar Ekdal all made the first-team all-state.
Goodrum, a forward from UNC Wilmington, was one of two players to receive unanimous votes for first-team honors. He started 20 games for the Seahawks and was the teams' leading scorer with seven goals and five assists for 19 points. The sophomore earned spots on the All-CAA First Team and the CAA All-Tournament Team for his performance during the season.
Ekdal, Goodrum's teammate, was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Men's Soccer Rookie-of-the-Year earning him a rightful spot on the all-conference first-team. He started all 20 games as a freshman for the Seahawks and recorded two goals and an assist while leading the defensive backline to a 12-8 season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament second round.
The third Seahawk to garner all-state first team honors was Ben Fisher. He was a Second-Team All-CAA selection that ranked fifth on the team in points (9) on two goals and a team-high five assists.
The 49ers of Charlotte added three student-athletes to the all-state first-team following a run to the Conference USA Championship match. Daniel Bruce, Tommy Madden and Callum Montgomery all earned their spots on the all-state first-team to go along with their first-team All-C-USA honors that they picked up following the 2017 season.
Tommy Madden of Charlotte was the other student-athlete that received unanimous votes for his place on the all-state first-team. Madden finished the season in a four-way tie for second in goals tallying three for the 49ers over the 2017 season. The sophomore midfielder helped the team to the conference championship match where he earned All-Tournament honors.
Daniel Bruce led the 49ers in goals (6), assists (5), points (17), shots (54), shots on goal (24) and game-winners (2). Bruce earned his first career all-conference honors appearing on the C-USA first team en route to picking first-team all-state honors.
Sophomore Callum Montgomery earned his first all-state honors following a three goal, two assist season that helped the 49ers advance to the Conference USA Championship match. Montgomery is part of a defense that recorded five shutouts and limited 11 foes to a goal or less this season.
Donnelly was a top producer for the Camels offense scoring 13 goals in 2017, including eight in Big South play. He earned Big South First-Team honors en route to leading the Camels to quarterfinals.
Rounding out the all-state first-team is keeper Matthew Jegier from Elon University. Jegier, a redshirt junior from Charlotte, N.C., earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, was an All-CAA first-team selection and led the CAA in the majority of the keeper categories during the season. Jegier helped the Phoenix to a 7-5-6 record and led the conference in goals-against average (0.57), save percentage (.833), shutouts per match (0.56) and total shutouts (10).
Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by 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.
NCCSIA 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
2017 University Division All-State Men's Soccer Teams
|GK||Matthew Jegier||RJr.||Elon University||Charlotte, N.C.|
|D||Callum Montgomery||So.||Charlotte||Victoria, B.C.|
|D||Hjalmar Ekdal||Fr.||UNC Wilmington||Stockholm, Sweden|
|D||Rashid Tetteh||Jr.||High Point||Accra, Ghana|
|M||Ben Fisher||Jr.||UNC Wilmington||Chapel Hill, N.C.|
|M||Ebe Kudolo #^||Sr.||High Point||Accra, Ghana|
|M||Jonathan Bolanos||So.||High Point||Miramar, Fla.|
|M||Tommy Madden||So.||Charlotte||Burtonsville, Md.|
|F||Daniel Bruce||RSo.||Charlotte||Northwich, England|
|F||JJ Donnelly||Jr.||Campbell||London, England|
|F||Phillip Goodrum||So.||UNC Wilmington||Charlotte, N.C.|
|GK||Keegan Meyer||RSo.||High Point||Silver Spring, Md.|
|D||Luke Matthews||So.||Elon University||Swindon, England|
|D||Johnny Frenwick @||Jr.||High Point||Newcastle, England|
|D||Gabe Parrish||Jr.||Campbell||Portland, Ore.|
|M||Joel Bylander !||Jr.||UNC Wilmington||Stockholm, Sweden|
|M||Ryan Inman||So.||High Point||Birmingham, England|
|M||Teddy Chaouche||So.||Charlotte||Carpentras, France|
|M||Kalvin Kromer||Sr.||UNC Wilmington||Cary, N.C.|
|F||Jaiden Fortune !||Jr.||Elon University||Orlando, Fla.|
|F||Emil Elveroth||Fr.||UNC Wilmington||Halmstad, Sweden|
|F||Elijah Agu !||Sr.||Elon University||Cary, N.C.|
! – First Team All-State in 2016
% - Second Team All-State in 2016
# - First Team All-State in 2015
@ - Second Team All-State in 2015
^ - First Team All-State in 2014