LAKEPOINT, Ga. – Despite a 2-4 ASUN record and a No. 6 seed in the upcoming ASUN Tournament, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team continued to show why it should be feared heading into postseason play by racking up plenty of ASUN All-Conference honors.
Leading the honors for the Bisons were seniors Ivan Alvarado and Joe Kerridge and redshirt junior Logan Paynter who all were named First Team All-ASUN. Senior Ivan Sakou took home a Second Team honor while freshman Ben Locke and Ihaia Delaney were named to the All-Freshman Team.
MF | Ivan Alvarado | First Team All-Conference (unanimous)
For Alvarado, the First Team honor puts him in alone at the top of Bisons soccer history as the only four-time First Team member.
With four goals and three assists this season, Alvarado has continued to boost himself in eyes of the conference.
He has 19 career assists, most in program history, to go along with 12 career goals. He was one of just three unanimous ASUN First Team selections.
“Really pumped for Ivan,” head coach Charles Morrow said. “I think him being a First Team guy all four years is big time. He’s been so huge for us for so long.”
F | Logan Paynter | First Team All-Conference
Paynter continued his run to match Alvarado’s four First Team honors as the forward took home his third consecutive First Team award.
With eight goals this season, Paynter finished top for the Bisons and second overall in the ASUN in goals and points (17).
It’s the third straight year Paynter has been in the top six in the conference in goals and the second consecutive year he has finished second.
“I think when it it’s all said and done, Logan will join Ivan as four-year First Team guys,” Morrow said. “His entire body of work is just so impressive.”
D | Joe Kerridge | First Team All-Conference
While defender Joe Kerridge may not be able to match Alvarado or Paynter with First Team selections, Kerridge earned his second First Team nod and third All-Conference honor in his Lipscomb career.
Constantly flanking down the right side, setting up chances, Kerridge is an invaluable piece for the Bisons. He got on the scoresheet for the fourth consecutive season with an assist this year.
“It’s hard being a First Team selection being an outside back,” Morrow said. “He impacts the game from the wide areas at such a high level.”
F | Ivan Sakou | Second Team All-Conference
Finishing second on the squad with 5 goals and tacking on two assists, Sakou was honored with his second straight ASUN Second Team selection.
The VCU transfer recorded the fifth most goals in the ASUN and has scored 11 in just two years as a Bison. He becomes the 11th member in program history to be named to multiple All-Conference teams.
“Ivan does so much for us that doesn’t get on the scoresheet,” Morrow said. “I’m glad other coaches see that as well.”
F | Ihaia Delaney | All-Freshman Team
Delaney appears the heir apparent to the outgoing Sakou at the front of the Bisons offense.
With three goals in under 500 minutes as a freshman, the New Zealander was one of just two forwards to make the ASUN’s All-Freshman Team.
“The exciting thing about Ihaia has continued to get better and better throughout the year,” Morrow said. “Excited to see how he will contribute in the postseason.”
D | Ben Locke | All-Freshman Team
Redshirt freshman Ben Locke made the most of his first season on the pitch in the fall after two redshirt seasons at North Carolina St.
Locke was defensively sound, playing every minute in 13 games of 14 games played and helping with three shutouts on the season. Offensively Locke led Bisons defenders in points with four, chipping in a goal and two assists.
“Ben is the rare ultra-experienced freshman,” Morrow said. “He is so solid and steady and someone we will lean on heavily in the postseason.”
The six Bisons honorees will take the field on Friday against NJIT in the first round of the ASUN Tournament in Ft. Myers at 4 p.m. CT.