- The Mid-American Conference announced the All-MAC 1st
Teams along with individual honors for Player and Coach of the Year, as well as Newcomer of the Year on Thursday. Akron, ranked #2 in the country and undefeated in MAC play, was once again well-represented on the All-MAC First Team with nine members, including Player of the Year Darlington Nagbe and Newcomer of the Year Darren Mattocks. Head Coach Caleb Porter was also honored, receiving the Gary V. Palmisano Coach of the Year award for the fourth consecutive season.
Nagbe becomes the sixth consecutive Zip to take home the Player of the Year trophy, following in the footsteps of Ross McKenzie, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Cory Sipos, Steve Zakuani, and Teal Bunbury. The native of Lakewood, Ohio is one of the leaders of the Akron attack, ranking fourth on the team in goals (6) and leading in assists (9). In addition, he has started every game for Akron and has logged the most minutes of any forward attacking player.
Alongside Nagbe in winning individual honors was freshman Darren Mattocks. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Mattocks has been a deadly finisher for the Zips this season, leading the squad and the conference with 12 goals and 26 points, as well as 68 shots. Four of his goals were game-winners.
Joining the two Akron members as a First Team forward was Western Michigan's Shane Lyons. Lyons' seven goals and six assists have played a critical role in the Broncos' continued turnaround under second-year Head Coach Stu Riddle.
In the midfield, senior Anthony Ampaipitakwong was joined by teammates Michael Nanchoff and Perry Kitchen in garnering First Team accolades. Ampaipitakwong, a Lowe's Senior CLASS and preseason Herrmann Trophy watch list candidate, provided the Zips with stability in the central midfield all year. Flanking him on the outside, Nanchoff racked up seven goals and eight assists while Kitchen, a freshman like Mattocks, chipped in nine points on the season while playing a more defensive role. In one of the Zips' more tightly-contested games this year, it was Nanchoff who delivered a 107th
minute penalty kick to defeat Penn State, 2-1.
Hartwick's Steven Amaya filled out the First Team midfield. A senior from Oakland Gardens, New York, Amaya finished either alone or tied for the team lead in goals, assists, and points while being the only member of the Hawks to play and start in every game.
The back third was all Akron as David Meves was named First Team goalkeeper, while the defensive trio of Kofi Sarkodie, Zarek Valentin and Chad Barson joined him in rounding out the squad. Through 18 games Akron has let in just eight goals, a goals against average of 0.43. They are also surrendering less than three corner kicks per contest and have not given up a penalty kick attempt.
Caleb Porter once again claimed the Gary V. Palmisano Coach of the Year award. His 16-1-1 record improves him to 84-13-9 (.835) overall in this, his fifth year. On Friday, the Zips will begin play in the MAC Tournament, trying to win their fourth conference title in a row.
Northern Illinois led the All-MAC Second Team with four members named to the squad. Juan Hoyos, Luis Mojica, Mino Kayser and Francis Otira made the team from the Huskies. Two Western Michigan Broncos were also named as Kai Mendes and Darren Jones were honored. Rounding out the Second Team were Chris Korb of Akron, Mike Unwin of Buffalo, Darnell King of Florida Atlantic, Owen Botting of Hartwick and Miguel Rosales of Bowling Green in net.
The MAC Tournament kicks off Friday evening as the #1 Akron Zips takes on #4 Buffalo at 5 p.m. In the nightcap, #2 Western Michigan challenges #3 Bowling Green. The opening touch of the late game will be at 8 p.m. The winners of the two semifinals will play for the MAC Championship and automatic NCAA bid at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 14th.Player of the Year:
Darlington Nagbe, AkronNewcomer of the Year:
Darren Mattocks, AkronCoach of the Year:
Caleb Porter, Akron2010 Men's Soccer All-MAC First Team
MF - Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Akron
MF - Perry Kitchen, Akron
MF - Michael Nanchoff, Akron
MF - Steven Amaya, Hartwick
F - Darren Mattocks, Akron
F - Darlington Nagbe, Akron
F - Shane Lyons, Western Michigan
D - Chad Barson, Akron
D - Kofi Sarkodie, Akron
D - Zarek Valentin, Akron
GK -David Meves, Akron2010 Men's Soccer All-MAC Second Team
MF - Kai Mendes, Western Michigan
MF - Luis Mojica, Northern Illinois
MF - Darren Jones, Western Michigan
MF - Mino Kayser, Northern Illinois
F - Darnell King, Florida Atlantic
F - Mike Unwin, Buffalo
F -Juan Hoyos, Northern Illinois
D -Chris Korb, Akron
D -Owen Botting, Hartwick
D -Francis Otira, Northern Illinois
GK -Miguel Rosales, Bowling Green