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Peach Belt Unveils Men’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has announced the 2011 men’s soccer preseason All-Conference team from the league office in Augusta.  Twelve players were named to the squad, an increase of one due to a tie at the midfield position.  Flagler College led the way with four honorees while Clayton State was next with three.  Montevallo and North Georgia had two each while UNC Pembroke had one.  The team is chosen by the league’s head coaches.

The Flagler foursome is led by senior midfielder Johan Bergfeld, who was named a second-team All-American by the NSCAA last year.  Also named first-team All-Conference in the Peach Belt, Bergfeld was the only Saint to start all 20 games a year ago and had a goal and three assists.  Senior forward Mack Hough was second on the team in goals with six and had four game-winners.  Senior Will Frandsen was named second-team All-Conference and to the NSCAA All-Region squad.  He had five goals and three assists for the Saints and was named a PBC Defender of the Week.  Sophomore defender Kevin Keenean played in 18 games with 11 starts as a freshman and was a key part of a defense that led the PBC with a 0.70 goals against average and allowed only 14 goals to be scored for the year.

Clayton State’s Ryan Pugh was named the 2010 PBC Player of the Year and helped the Lakers to reach the NCAA Elite Eight a season ago.  Now back for his senior season, Pugh was second in the PBC with 16 goals scored and also second in total points with 36.  He was also named an All-American by Daktronics. Senior forward Matty Phillips was tied for the league lead with nine assists a year ago and named first-team All-Conference.  He added four goals to that total and was tied for eighth in the PBC in total points. Senior team captain Sam Bevan anchored a Laker defense that allowed only 19 goals to be scored in 23 games and was second in the PBC with a 0.82 GAA.  Bevan also contributed offensively with two goals and two assists.

Montevallo’s Gary O’Neill was named second-team All-Conference as a freshman after starting in 21 games for the Falcons.  He was a key part of a defense that was tied for second in the PBC with only 19 goals allowed in 22 games and was third in the league with a 0.83 GAA.  Senior midfielder Phil Jackson was named to the PBC All-Tournament team after Montevallo captured the title last year.  He scored six goals with five assists in his 12 appearances with four game-winning goals.

North Georgia’s Rade Tanascovic was named the PBC first-team All-Conference goalkeeper in 2010.  Returning for his senior season, he had six shutouts last year and was fourth in the PBC with a 1.10 GAA. Juan Hurtado was named second-team All-Conference as a sophomore midfielder last year.  Returning for his junior campaign, he scored two goals with an assist last year, both of those goals game-winners.

UNC Pembroke’s Michael Davis makes his second PBC preseason All-Conference team.  A senior defender, he started in all 18 games for the Braves last year and was a pivotal part of a defense that had four shutouts, including two scoreless ties and two one-goal ties.

2011 PBC Men's Soccer
Preseason All-Conference Team

Forwards
Mack Hough, Flagler
Matty Phillips, Clayton State
Ryan Pugh, Clayton State

Midfielders
Johan Bergfeld, Flagler
Will Frandsen, Flagler
Juan Hurtado, North Georgia
Phil Jackson, Montevallo

Defenders
Sam Bevan, Clayton State
Michael Davis, UNC Pembroke
Kevin Keenan, Flagler
Gary O'Neill, Montevallo

Goalkeeper
Rade Tanascovic, North Georgia