LAKEPOINT, Ga. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer program won big Wednesday afternoon by landing five players on the ASUN All-Conference Team, announced by the league office.
Logan Paynter, Ivan Alvarado and Joe Kerridge all earned First-Team honors. Ivan Sakou and Scout Monteith landed on the Second Team, while Austin Eager was also named to the All-Freshman team. The three First Team selections were only second to Florida Gulf Coast, who had four.
"I could not be happier for our guys," Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. "They were all deserving of the awards, but like we've said in the past, if we don't finish in the top portion of the conference, then we don't have that many guys recognized.
"It really speaks to the group and the guys who have been putting in the work all year, but don't necessarily get their names in the box scores or the releases. I hope they take pride in these honors as well, because individual accomplishments are connected to the success of our group as a whole.”
Here is a look at the season notes for Lipscomb’s 2016 All-Conference honorees:
Forward – Logan Paynter: The sophomore forward earns First Team honors for the second straight season after leading the Bisons offensive attack. He finished third in the ASUN after surpassing his totals from last season with nine goals and 21 points. He also tied for the team lead with three assists.
Paynter started 15 games and played the fourth most minutes for Lipscomb. The Bradenton, Florida native paced the team in shots (35) and shots on goal (24). He recorded a point in eight matches and tallied multi-goal games and the game winners against Western Illinois and USC Upstate.
In only two seasons he ranks tied for third on the program’s all-time scoring chart with 15 goals. He is second on the ASUN’s active career leaders chart in goal and points (33).
Paynter also landed a spot on the All-Academic Team on Tuesday with a 3.78 GPA in Corporate Marketing.
Midfielder – Ivan Alvarado: The Fort Worth, Texas is the first Bison to ever earn three First Team All-Conference selections and becomes just the 14th player in the history of the ASUN to do so. Returning from injury Alvarado only managed to start in nine matches, but did see action in 14. He finished fourth on the squad with five total points after registering one goal and three assists.
Alvarado is the league’s active career leader with 15 assists; no other player has more than nine. The midfielder also ranks second in career points (33) and eighth in goals (9).
He placed 16 of his 26 shots on target this season and led the team with 36 corner kicks.
Defender – Joe Kerridge: Kerridge picked up his second career postseason honor after being named to the Second Team in 2015. He played in and started 11 games for Lipscomb this season where he helped a backline that posted five shutouts, the second most in the ASUN.
After not recording a point through the first nine matches, the Golden, Colorado native closed the regular season on a tear. He was credited with an assist in the win over NJIT before coming back to score his first career goal in last week’s draw with FGCU in the regular season finale.
Forward – Ivan Sakou: A transfer from VCU, Sakou was injected into the starting lineup as a striker and quickly made an immediate impact with a goal in the season opener. He finished second on the team with five goals and 13 points, while also chipping in a team-high tying three assists.
Sakou scored two game-winners on the season- one in an overtime road win at SIU and the other at home against perennial power UAB. He posted a .655 shots on goal percentage after placing 19-of-29 on frame.
The Yaoundé, Cameroon native was one of only three Bisons to start all 16 matches on the year.
Defender – Scout Monteith: The junior continued his postseason awards haul after being named to the All-Academic Team on Tuesday with a 3.78 GPA in Biology.
Monteith played in and started 15 matches for Lipscomb without ever leaving the pitch. After starting the season in a midfield position, Monteith was moved to the backline where he quickly became an anchor. He helped the Bisons defense pitch five shutouts, while only allowing 19 goals and a 1.13 goals against average – all second best in the ASUN.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Monteith scored the game-winner over Florida Atlantic in the season opener on a header at the knees. It was his first goal since 2013 where he brought home All-Freshman honors.
Defender – Austin Eager: The freshman from Carrollton, Texas played all but one minute on the season and was just one of only three Bisons to start all 16 matches.
He helped anchor a defense that recorded five shutouts and only allow 19 goals on the year – the fewest in a single-season in program history.
Eager finished the season with two assists in wins over Western Illinois and Evansville.
In other awards announced Wednesday, North Florida took home three of the five top yearly honors. Derek Marinatos was named the Coach of the Year, while Jay Bolt and Adrian Nunez were named Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively.
FGCU’s Albert Ruiz was voted the league’s Player of the Year after leading the nation with 17 goals 39 points.
Goalkeeper of the Year went to Stetson’s Paul Ladwig.
The Bisons now head to the opening round of the ASUN Championship on Thursday to face No. 6 Stetson. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
"While it is nice to get those honors, the guys know what is important," Morrow said. "Any one of these guys would trade in every single award for a conference tournament title and a NCAA berth, that's the real goal and that's what we are focused on."