Men's soccer players receive post-season honors

WEST PALM BEACH – Following their 8-12-3 finish in 2006, the men’s soccer team from Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) was honored with several individual awards.  The Sailfish, who placed fourth in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament, were led by freshman Cheyne Roberts (Plant City, Fla./Plant City), who recorded 12 goals and eight assists (32 points).

For his performance in the season-ending tournament, Roberts was awarded the Offensive MVP trophy along with all-tournament team accolades.  Roberts was joined on the all-tournament team by Jerris Gay (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter Christian).  Gay, a junior defender, scored one goal this season while starting in 21 of PBA’s 23 games.

Also announced with the all-tournament teams were NCCAA All-American honors.  Daniel Dodge (Oviedo, Fla./Winter Springs) was selected as a NCCAA Second Team All-American, while Roberts and Gay were awarded with NCCAA Honorable Mention accolades.

Rounding out the list of NCCAA award winners were four individuals who were honored as NCCAA Scholar-Athletes.  Scholar-Athletes must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or greater while being a junior or senior.  Nick Kompara (Fort Wayne, Ind./Blackhawk Christian), Andrew Gerber (Apple Creek, Ohio/Central Christian), Matt Sweesy (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest) and Rodrigo Dias (Recife, Brazil/Sao Luis) were all recognized as NCCAA Scholar Athletes.

Also announced recently were the post-season awards from the Independents Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA).  Since PBA is not officially part of a conference, the ICAA recognizes teams and their athletes who are deserving of what would be all-conference awards.

Included in the All-ICAA men’s soccer honors were Roberts, Daniel Abrahamsohn and Sweesy.  Roberts and Abrahamsohn (Pacifica, Calif./St. Mary’s Univ.), another forward, were selected to the first team, while Sweesy was awarded with second team honors.

Following the announcement of post-season awards, head coach Jose Gomez was proud of his players: “Our team has worked extremely hard this year, both as individuals and as a team.  The honorees are very deserving of their accomplishments.  We had a great year, and are looking to an even better finish in 2007.”

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