Four Virginia Men's Soccer Players Selected to the 2001 NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Regional Teams
Nov. 30, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s soccer team had four players selected to the 2001 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-South Atlantic Regional Teams. UVa’s Jonathan Cole (Annapolis, Md./McDonogh), Alecko Eskandarian (Montvale, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and Kyle Martino (Westport, Conn./Staples) were named First Team selections, while Kenny Arena (Fairfax, Va./Oakton) was tabbed a Second Team choice.
Cole, a third-year defender, started all 18 games he appeared in and tallied 1,566 minutes of playing time. He recorded six points resulting from two goals and two assists. Both of Cole’s goals were game-winners. He was named First Team All-ACC and was selected to the Virginia Soccer Classic All-Tournament team. Cole helped UVa record ten shutouts this season, including seven consecutive shutouts over a 37-day period from September 9 – October 17.
Eskandarian, a second-year forward, started 14 of the 16 games he appeared in and gathered 1,321 minutes of playing time. He recorded 21 points (second on the team) resulting from a team-high nine goals to go along with three assists. Five of Eskandarian’s goals were game-winners. He was named First Team All-ACC and was named to both the Virginia Soccer Classic and the Maryland/Fila Classic All-Tournament teams. Eskandarian is one of 15 finalists for both the Hermann Trophy Award and the M.A.C. Men’s Soccer Player of the Year award.
Martino, a third-year midfielder, started all 18 games he appeared in and tallied 1,447 minutes of playing time. He recorded 20 points resulting from eight assists and six goals. Three of Martino’s goals were game-winners. His eight assists was a team-high figure and his 20 points, six goals and three game-winning goals scored were the third highest totals on the squad. Martino was named the 2001 ACC Player of the Year, was named a First Team All-ACC selection and was selected to the 2001 ACC All-Tournament team. He was twice named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week and as the ACC Player of the Week on September 10 & October 15. Martino was named the Offensive MVP and to the Maryland/Fila Classic All-Tournament team. He is also one of 15 finalists for both the Hermann Trophy Award and the M.A.C. Men’s Soccer Player of the Year award.
Arena, a third-year midfielder, started all 19 games he appeared in and posted 1,624 minutes of playing time. He recorded nine points (fifth on the team) resulting from three goals (fourth on the team) and three assists. One of Arena’s goals was a game-winner.
The group of players guided Virginia to a record of 17-2-1 overall, 6-0-0 in the ACC. They helped the Cavaliers become the first team in ACC history to win all of their conference games by shutout.
2001 NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Region First Team
Name School PositionJon Cole Virginia DefenderAlecko Eskandarian Virginia ForwardKyle Martino Virginia MidfielderAlfonso Demares Towson ForwardCarlos Garcia William & Mary ForwardAttila Vendegh Old Dominion ForwardReggie Rivers James Madison MidfielderFred Silva Virginia Tech MidfielderNiall Lepper Loyola DefenderAndy Wells UMBC DefenderBrian Steckroth Navy Goalkeeper
2001 NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Region Second Team
Name School PositionKenny Arena Virginia MidfielderKen Holiday Richmond ForwardSumed Ibrahim Maryland ForwardMachel Millwood Towson ForwardCraig Ruhs Navy ForwardTodd Lauber Towson MidfielderMatt Pilkington George Washington MidfielderBobby Brennan American DefenderMilorad Djordjevic Virginia Commonwealth DefenderBeckett Hollenbach Maryland DefenderShawn Alexander Richmond Goalkeeper
2001 NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Region Third Team
Name School PositionArnal Johannson George Washington ForwardChin Orih West Virginia ForwardMatt Osborne George Washington ForwardT.J. Rolfing Radford ForwardCarlos Mendes Old Dominion MidfielderA.J. Ogilvie Loyola MidfielderJohn Rios VMI MidfielderMike Nelson Loyola DefenderCaleb Stoddart William & Mary DefenderBen Strawbridge Liberty DefenderRob Beatty Loyola Goalkeeper
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