LakePoint, Ga. - ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Regular Season Champions, North Florida claimed three of the league's top-five postseason awards as Jay Bolt, Adrian Nunez and the Ospreys Coaching Staff were honored. FGCU's Albert Ruiz took home the ASUN Player of the Year award, while Stetson's senior goalie Paul Ladwig was voted Goalkeeper of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday.
Ruiz gives FGCU back-to-back ASUN Player of the Year honors after Rodrigo Saravia collected the award last season. The Barcelona, Spain native leads the ASUN and all of Division I Men's Soccer in goals (17) and points (39). Both are single-season program records and the most goals and points in the ASUN since 2005. Ruiz has six goals in five conference matches, and posted two hat tricks this year. Ruiz also was named to the First Team All-Conference, one of four Eagles to earn that distinction.
North Florida's Bolt earns the ASUN Defensive Player of the Year honor for the first time in his career and becomes the first Osprey to garner the award. Bolt played and started in all 14 games for the Ospreys, helping UNF secure the regular season title for a second-straight season and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ASUN Championship. He helped out offensively with three assists, two of which came on game-winning goals. Bolt anchored a backline that secured four shutouts, three of them coming in conference play. Bolt also collects his second-straight First Team All-Conference selection.
Ladwig becomes the first Hatter to earn the ASUN Goalkeeper of the Year honor since the award began in 2012. Ladwig posted the most saves in the ASUN (86) and ranks fourth in the nation in saves per game with 5.73. The Rostock, Germany native played every minute in goal for the Hatters during the regular season, and finished two matches with 10 or more saves.
North Florida's freshman sensation Adrian Nunez was a unanimous selection as ASUN Freshman of the Year after a breakout season. Nunez made 11 starts in his freshman campaign and leads the Ospreys in goals (7), assists (4) and points (18). He stepped up during conference play scoring six of his seven goals, leading the Ospreys to the regular season title. Nunez was a two-time ASUN Player of the Week and earned NSCAA National Player of the Week honors as well. Nunez joined Bolt as one of three Ospreys on the First Team All-Conference.
North Florida's Coaching Staff was recognized as the top staff in the league for the second time following another outstanding season. The staff led the squad to an undefeated conference record of 5-0-1 to secure the No. 1 seed and regular season title for a second-straight season. The Ospreys racked up signature wins at N.C. State and then No. 11-ranked FGCU in comeback fashion and currently sit 33rd in the RPI entering the postseason.
Ruiz was joined on the First Team All-Conference by defender Nicolas Samayoa, midfielder Kamar Marriott and fellow striker Arion Sobers-Assue. Samayoa was a member of the Second Team All-Conference last season, but stepped up to play a big role in FGCU's newly formed formation with a backline of three defenders. Marriott collects All-Conference honors for the first time after anchoring the midfield all season long. The duo were one of only four players to start 16 games or more this season for the Eagles. Marriott logged a team-high 1,407 minutes patrolling the middle of the park. Sobers-Assue had a breakout season with 11 goals and seven assists. He was named NSCAA National Player of the Week and scored just the third hat trick in program history earlier in the season.
North Florida's Josh Castellanos joined Bolt and Nunez on the First Team All-Conference in 2016. The midfielder was a workhorse for the Ospreys starting all 14 games this year. He earned ASUN Player of the Week honors once after scoring comeback goals against FIU and the game-winner at N.C. State. Castellanos was clutch, with two of his three total goals being game-winners.
Lipscomb tied North Florida with three First Team All-Conference selections, two of which are returners. Logan Paynter picked up his second First Team selection, while Ivan Alvarado takes home his third-straight honor. Paynter surpassed his goals and points total from last year, leading the offense with nine tallies. Alvarado, the active career leader in assists, overcame an early injury and finished the year with three assists. Alvarado becomes just the 14th player in ASUN history to earn three First Team All-Conference selections. They were joined by defender Joe Kerridge, who collects First Team honors for the first time. Kerridge, a Second Team selection in 2015, started all 11 games he played in this season and helped the Bisons defense put up five shutouts, second most in the league.
The 2016 ASUN Men's Soccer Championship begins on Thursday, November 3 with a first-round match between No. 3 Lipscomb vs. No. 6 Stetson in Fort Myers, Fla. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
ASUN First Team All-Conference
GK - Paul Ladwig, Stetson
D - Nicolas Samayoa, FGCU
D - Joe Kerridge, Lipscomb
D - Jay Bolt, North Florida
MF - Kamar Marriott, FGCU
MF - Ivan Alvarado, Lipscomb
MF - Joshua Castellanos, North Florida
F - Albert Ruiz, FGCU
*F - Arion Sobers-Assue, FGCU
F - Logan Paynter, Lipscomb
F - Adrian Nunez, North Florida
ASUN Second Team All-Conference
GK - Juanes Fajardo, North Florida
D - Eli Roubos, FGCU
D - Scout Monteith, Lipscomb
D - Victor Kausch, NJIT
D - Simen Solstad, North Florida
MF - Dylan Sacramento, FGCU
MF - Alberto Escobedo, Jacksonville
MF - Micah Smoak, North Florida
MF - Luke Ferreira, Stetson
F - Ivan Sakou, Lipscomb
F - Mamadou Guirassy, NJIT
F - Milan Kovacs, North Florida
**- A tie in the voting led to a 12-person second team
ASUN All-Freshmen Team
*F - Adrian Nunez, North Florida
*MF - Miguel Perez, FGCU
*MF - Kai Bennett, Jacksonville
*F - Rene White, NJIT
*F - Gabriel Diniz, Stetson
F - Shak Adams, FGCU
GK - Jared Brown, FGCU
D - Austin Eager, Lipscomb
MF - Andrew Nino, NJIT
GK - Victor Pujades, NJIT
MF - Cormac Begley, North Florida
F - Joel Bunting, USC Upstate
* - Denotes unanimous selection
**- A tie in voting led to 12-man All-Freshman Team
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