The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2016 College Division All-State Men's Soccer Teams on Wednesday. 21 players from five different North Carolina institutions were named to the 2016 NCCSIA College Division All-State Teams.
Both Pfeiffer and Wingate had eight selections from their respective teams, with the Bulldogs placing six on the first team and the Falcons putting five players on the first team. Lenoir-Rhyne had three players on the All-State teams, while Queens and Guilford each put one player on the distinguished list.
Wingate's Damian Goana and Alex Nelson, and Pfeiffer's Dani Siaj were selected as the first-team defenders for 2016. Goana and Nelson, both first-team All-South Atlantic Conference (SAC) selections, anchored a Wingate defense that was first in the SAC in goals-against average at 0.44 and first with 10 shutouts.
Nelson also scored four goals on the offensive end of the field, while Goana recorded an assist for the Bulldogs who ended the regular season ranked No. 1 overall in the NSCAA Coaches Poll and are currently in the Final Four of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. The Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year, Siaj was the centerpiece of a Pfeiffer defense that allowed 0.82 goals against and helped lead the Falcons to a 19-3 record and a third straight Conference Carolinas Championship.
Jorge Buzzo and Martim Galvao of Pfeiffer, and Aksel Juul and Callum Ross of Wingate were named as the first-team midfielders. Galvao recorded 15 assists and five goals during the season and Buzzo had one goal and three assists as both were named to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference First Team. Ross was second on the Bulldogs with eight goals, while Juul totaled six goals and seven assists as all of his goals during the season were game-winners.
Pfeiffer's duo of Nathan Regis and Jaime Siaj were selected as the first-team forwards, as a tie in total votes placed both Elma N'For of Wingate and Ismael Noumansana of Lenoir-Rhyne on the team. Regis was the 2016 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year after scoring 24 goals and dishing out 10 assists, totaling 58 points to lead all players in NCAA Division II. Siaj, an All-Conference Carolinas First-Team pick, was second in the NCAA with 54 points after totaling 19 goals and 16 assists.
N'For was Wingate's leading scorer with nine goals to go along with four assists, while Noumansana was the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year after leading the league with 17 goals and 35 total points.
Wingate sophomore Pablo Jara was named as the first-team goalkeeper. An All-SAC First Team honoree, he ranked first in the NCAA in goals against average (0.44) and made 39 saves. Jara recorded 10 shutouts in 18 games started, allowing just eight goals in the process.
The NCCSIA All-State second-team is comprised of Pfeiffer's Cristobal Allendes, Tomas Correa and Santi Moar, Wingate's Jon Ander and Vincente Munoz, Lenoir-Rhyne's Marc Fernandez and Tom Seery, Queens' Corey Brown, and Guilford's Ricky Aguilar.
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.
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
2016 College Division All-State Men's Soccer Teams
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
D Damian Goana Jr. Wingate Santiago, Chile
D Alex Nelson Sr. Wingate Newcastle, England
D Dani Siaj Sr. Pfeiffer Madrid, Spain
M Jorge Buzzo Sr. Pfeiffer Barcelona, Spain
M Martim Galvao# Jr. Pfeiffer Lisbon, Portugal
M Aksel Juul Sr. Wingate Newcastle, England
M Callum Ross Jr. Wingate Newcastle, England
F Elma N'For Jr. Wingate Yaounde, Cameroon
F Ismael Noumansana Jr. Lenoir-Rhyne Reims, France
F Nathan Regis# Sr. Pfeiffer Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
F Jaime Siaj Sr. Pfeiffer Madrid, Spain
GK Pablo Jara So. Wingate Santiago, Chile
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
D Cristobal Allendes Sr. Pfeiffer Santiago, Chile
D Vincente Munoz Jr. Wingate Santiago, Chile
D Tom Seery Sr. Lenoir-Rhyne Bristol, England
M Ricky Aguilar Fr. Guilford Sanford, N.C.
M Corey Brown Sr. Queens Ontario, Canada
M Marc Fernandez So. Lenoir-Rhyne Barcelona, Spain
F Jon Ander Jr. Wingate Bilbao, Spain
F Santi Moar Sr. Pfeiffer Coruna, Spain
GK Tomas Correa So. Pfeiffer Lisbon, Portugal
# denotes unanimous selection