November 14, 2013

Transy’s Smith, Defiance’s Roberts & Earlham’s Mbaya Claim Men’s Soccer MVPs

GREENWOOD, IN – Transylvania University’s Kyle Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle), Defiance College’s Sean Roberts (Canal Winchester, Ohio/H.S.), and Earlham College’s Frank Mbaya (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) have been named the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer Offensive and Co-Defensive Most Valuable Players.  Smith helped guide the Pioneers to an appearance in the HCAC tournament title match, Roberts led the Yellow Jackets to a 5-4 league mark, and Mbaya helped the Quakers earn the school’s first HCAC men’s soccer title.

Smith has led the Transylvania offense this season, leading the conference in points and goals.  The senior forward has scored 18 goals and added eight assists to lead the Transy offense which ranks first in the HCAC in scoring with 43 goals this season.  In conference matches, Smith led the league with 11 goals and 27 points scored in nine matches.  This is the second-straight Offensive MVP award for Smith.

Roberts earned Co-Defensive MVP for his efforts this fall.  The senior goalkeeper led the league with 84 saves and posted four shutouts this season. 

Mbaya also earned a piece of the Defensive MVP honors.  The senior back anchored the Quakers defensive unit during the season as EC allowed 1.15 goals per contest, ranking third in the HCAC.  Mbaya was the star of the Earlham defense that allowed only 23 goals in 20 matches this season, including nine shutouts.

Hanover College’s Matt Eldridge (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) has been selected as the 2013 HCAC Freshman of the Year.  Eldridge, a midfielder for the Panthers, led the team with seven goals and one assist this fall.  The freshman ranked tenth in the HCAC in points (15) and seventh in goals scored.

Earlham College’s Roy Messer has been named the 2013 HCAC Coach of the Year, earning his first honor as the head man for the Quakers.  Messer led Earlham to an 11-8-1 record this season, earning the school’s first HCAC title with a 7-2 league mark.

Nine players join Smith, Roberts, Mbaya, and Eldridge as First-Team All-HCAC members. Those players include Anderson’s Todd Canal (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.), Earlham’s Ameer Yusuf (Jr., Ramallah, Palestine), Franklin’s Austin Fundenberger (So., Indianapolis, Ind.), Hanover’s Drew Roberts (Jr., Goshen, Ky.), Rose-Hulman’s Will Senat (Sr., Edmond, Okla.), Drew Belk (Sr., Jasper, Ind.), and Spencer Johnson (Sr., Yorkville, Ill.), and Transylvania’s Christian King (Sr., Nicholasville, Ky.) and Evan Sizemore (Versailles, Ky.).

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Kyle Smith, Transylvania University

Defensive Most Valuable Player:  Sean Roberts, Defiance College & Frank Mbaya, Earlham College

Freshman of the Year: Matt Eldridge, Hanover College

Coach of the Year: Roy Messer, Earlham College

First Team All-HCAC

Todd Canal

Anderson

Junior

Forward

Indianapolis, Ind./Covenant Christian

Sean Roberts

Defiance

Senior

Goalkeeper

Canal Winchester, Ohio/H.S.

Ameer Yusuf

Earlham

Junior

Forward

Ramallah, Palestine/Friends

Frank Mbaya

Earlham

Senior

Back

Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay

Austin Fundenberger

Franklin

Sophomore

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind./North Central

Matthew Eldridge

Hanover

Freshman

Midfield

Louisville, Ky./Trinity

Drew Roberts

Hanover

Junior

Back

Goshen, Ky./North Oldham

Will Senat

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Forward

Edmond, Okla./North

Drew Belk

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Forward

Jasper, Ind./H.S.

Spencer Johnson

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Back

Yorkville, Ill./Aurora Christian

Kyle Smith

Transylvania

Senior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle

Christian King

Transylvania

Senior

Midfield

Nicholasville, Ky./East Jessamine

Evan Sizemore

Transylvania

Senior

Back

Versailles, Ky./Woodford Co.

Second Team All-HCAC

Reid Martin

Anderson

Senior

Back

Seymour, Ind./H.S.

Ryan Johnson-Evers

Bluffton

Sophomore

Back

Muskego, Wis./H.S.

Kevin Arriola

Defiance

Junior

Forward

New Lebanon, Ohio/Dixie

Jacob Ebbs

Earlham

Sophomore

Midfield

Brookline, Mass./H.S.

Mussa Ibrahim

Earlham

Sophomore

Midfield

Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer

Blake Bowers

Franklin

Senior

Back

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central

John Wittich

Hanover

Senior

Forward

West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West

Brandon Burns

Mount St. Joseph

Freshman

Forward

Hamilton, Ohio/Ross

Mike Schiff

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Midfield

Martinsville, Ind./Mooresville

Ben Green

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Midfield

Frisco, Texas/Centennial

Andrew Bartush

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Back

Granger, Ind./Penn

Drew Miller

Rose-Hulman

Junior

Goalkeeper

Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick

Eric Froschauer

Transylvania

Senior

Forward

Union, Ky./Ryle

 

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

Brody Reinholt

Anderson

Junior

Midfield

Warsaw, Ind./H.S.

Jordan Andrews

Bluffton

Junior

Back

Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley

Drew Metz

Defiance

Junior

Midfield

Northwood, Ohio/Lake

Sam Embry

Earlham

Senior

Goalkeeper

New York, NY/Bard Early

Chad Parrett

Franklin

Senior

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis

Jacob Thomsen

Hanover

Sophomore

Back

Holte, Denmark

Chase Holford

Manchester

Freshman

Back

Valparaiso, Ind./H.S.

Matthew Jordan

Manchester

Freshman

Midfield

Zionsville, Ind./H.S.

Bryson Lewis

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

Midfield

Blanchester, Ohio/H.S.

Max Brown

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Back

Atlanta, Ga./Chamblee Charter

Taylor Ballard

Transylvania

Senior

Back

Louisville, Ky./Manual

 

HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

Ben McKenzie

Anderson

Sophomore

Back

Westerville, Ind./Worhtington Christian

Dylan Mathews

Bluffton

Senior

Midfield

Arlington, Ohio/H.S.

Blayne Robbins

Defiance

Sophomore

Back

Galva, Ill./Miamisburg

Corey Campbell

Earlham

Senior

Midfield

Mason, Ohio/H.S.

Zach Shoufler

Franklin

Sophomore

Midfield

Fortville, Ind./Greenfield-Central

Matt Grau

Hanover

Junior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este

Matt Suderman

Manchester

Senior

Back

Bluffton, Ohio/H.S.

Bryson Lewis

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

Midfield

Blanchester, Ohio/H.S.

Spencer Johnson

Rose-Hulman

Senior

Back

Yorkville, Ill./Aurora Christian

Taylor Ballard

Transylvania

Senior

Back

Louisville, Ky./Manual