Conference Carolinas Announces Soccer All Conference Award Winners

High Point, NC> Conference Carolinas announces the All-Conference teams during this week's Conference Carolinas Men's & Women's Soccer Championship Tournament. Awards include All-Conference First, Second, & Third teams, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Regular Season Champions. Head coaches from conference member institutions nominate and then vote on the award winners who represent the best of the best for the league.  


The conference championships started Monday with the top eight teams qualifying for quarterfinal action. Semifinal play resumes Thursday (women) and Friday (men) with the championship finals on Saturday (women) and Sunday (men). All games are played at the highest remaining seed. The women's tournament champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA DII championships while the top six regionally ranked men's teams will qualify for postseason play.


Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year

Jodi Barber, Barton

Sophomore forward Jodi Barber became an immediate impact player for the Lady Bulldogs after transferring in to rejoin high school teammate Emily Futral. Barber finished the regular-season as the league’s leader in goals, assists and points. Barber then scored a golden goal in Barton’s first playoff win since 2005 on Monday to increase her totals to 15 goals, nine assists and 39 points. The Maysville, N.C., product entered postseason play ranked 14th nationally in NCAA Division II with 2.06 points per game.

Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year

Silvia Vazquez, Belmont Abbey

Belmont Abbey senior right back Silvia Vazquez was named the Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring a back line that has surrendered just three goals in Conference Carolinas games and just ten all season.  She commands a defense that leads the conference in goals against average, which is 17th nationally. The senior from Redwood City, California has started every match this season and has scored one goal, coming in the 4-0 win over Converse.


Women's Soccer Freshman of the Year

Brae Buster, Pfeiffer

Brae Buster scored five of her eight goals on the year in Conference Carolinas play and finished the regular season in the top 10 in goals, points, shots and game-winning goals. Her best performance came against Limestone on September 25, when she accounted for each of Pfeiffer’s two goals, including the winner with 33 seconds left in double overtime to secure the win. She also scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 win at Converse and had a three-game stretch in conference play where she scored four goals. Her offense helped the Falcons finish the year as the second highest scoring team in Conference Carolinas play.


Women's Soccer Coach of the Year

Chris Shaw, Barton

Coach Shaw inherited a women’s soccer program at Barton that had not qualified for the Conference Carolinas Tournament since 2008, which also marked the last winning season. Shaw transformed a team that was picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll to a conference contender. The Lady Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 6-3 mark in league play to earn a third seed and a home playoff game. Coach Shaw’s team boasts a 14-5 overall record heading into the semifinals against defending champions Belmont Abbey.



Women's All-Conference 1st-Team

Jodi Barber, Barton -Forward

Sarah Mahar, Lees-McRae -Forward

Rachel Thorpe, King –Forward

Meagan Thornton, Lees-McRae -Midfielder

Emily Futral, Barton -Midfielder

Kaitlyn Kerrigan, Lees-McRae -Midfielder

Kayla Rodriguez, Pfeiffer –Midfielder

Silvia Vazquez, Belmont Abbey -Defender

Kaitlin Sampson, Pfeiffer -Defender

Kasey Byzewski, Barton -Defender

Hannah Kohls, Belmont Abbey -Goalkeeper


Women's All-Conference 2nd-Team

Ananda Gebreyesus, Belmont Abbey -Forward

Brae Buster, Pfeiffer -Forward

Meghan Philp, Belmont Abbey –Forward

Gabriella Reid, Limestone -Forward

Jillian Lang, Belmont Abbey -Midfielder

Mallory Overholt, Lees-McRae -Midfielder

Georgia Jones, Converse –Midfielder

Leeann Sullivan, Lees-McRae -Defender

Cara Woolford, North Greenville -Defender

Bekah Ramstack, King -Defender

Kathryn Tate, North Greenville -Goalkeeper


Women's All-Conference 3rd-Team

Aaliyah Jackson, Pfieffer -Forward

Ellie Barnes, Mount Olive -Forward

Lindsay Tuten, North Greenville –Forward

Cassidy Coutinho, Belmont Abbey -Midfielder

Natalie Johnson, Converse -Midfielder

Kathryn Smith, Barton –Midfielder

Mady Sully, Belmont Abbey -Defender

Leah Kennington, Limestone -Defender

Cheyenne Warrick, Lees-McRae -Defender

Ariana Smith, Lees-McRae -Defender

Kaitlyn Briggs, Lees-McRae -Goalkeeper


Women's Soccer Regular Season Champions

Lees-McRae College


Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year

Andrew Settlemire, Erskine

Junior Andrew Settlemire led both his team and conference in scoring with 13 goals, the most by an Erskine men’s soccer player since 2000.  He scored in nine of the sixteen games he played and twice scored two goals in a game.  His 31 career goals rank him 12th all-time in Erskine men’s soccer history.


Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year

Roberto De La Vina, Erskine

Roberto De La Vina led the conference in both total saves (91) and save percentage (.843) and was third in goals against average (1.07).  He ranks in the Top 20 nationally in all three of those statistical categories as well.  His shutout of Lander University, the nation’s top scoring team at the time, spurred a run that saw the Fleet win 10 of their next 12 games.  His 395 total career saves are the most by an Erskine goalkeeper since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 1995 and ranks him 5th all-time in Erskine men’s soccer history.



Men's Soccer Freshman of the Year

Jordan Wright, Lees-McRae

Jordan Wright put together a sensational freshman season with the Bobcats, leading the team with six goals in conference play, including both strikes in a 2-0 win over King on October 12. The 6-3, 200-pound forward concluded the regular season tied for third in the conference in goals (10) and fourth in points (23).


Men's Soccer Coach of the Year

Warren Turner, Erskine

Head Coach Warren Turner led Erskine to their first-ever conference regular season title and their third 10+ win season in four years.  Not since Erskine was part of the NAIA back in 1986-89 has the Flying Fleet won more games in a four-year time period.  It is the second time Coach Turner has been voted Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year (2010 & 2013).



Men's All-Conference 1st-Team

Andrew Settlemire, Erskine -Forward

Jorge Mackenna, Limestone -Forward

Dante De Luca, Barton –Forward

Erik Pajunk, Barton -Midfielder

Sam Orritt, Limestone -Midfielder

Thomas Metzemaekers, Limestone -Midfielder

Ross Henderson, Erskine –Midfielder

 Jonathan Rutter, Erskine -Defender

Larry Mahon, Limestone -Defender

Calvin Bond, Limestone -Defender

Roberto De La Vina -Goalkeeper


Men's All-Conference 2nd-Team

Jack Bailey, Limestone -Forward

Jordan Wright, Lees-McRae -Forward

Benjamin Morande, Limestone –Forward

Ricardo Oliveira, Barton -Midfielder

Ryan Murphy, King -Midfielder

Conor Wells, Belmont Abbey -Midfielder

Dimitri Minick, Erskine –Defender

Drew Williams, Barton -Defender

Zachary Clark, King -Defender

Marvyn Rieger, Lees-McRae -Defender

Thomas Rusling, Lees-McRae -Goalkeeper


 Men's All-Conference 3rd-Team

Archer Bane, Barton -Forward

Victor Nirennold, Erskine -Forward

Nathan Regis, Pfeiffer –Forward

Bright Eto, Mount Olive -Forward

Matthew Cureton, Lees-McRae -Midfielder

Andrew Shoemaker, Lees-McRae -Midfielder

Yago Xavier, Lees-McRae –Midfielder

Lalaina Randriamanantena, Limestone -Defender

Ugo Galtier, Erskine -Defender

Ian Murray, North Greenville -Defender

Kyle Karagitz, Limestone -Goalkeeper


Men's Soccer Regular Season Co-Champions

Erskine College & Limestone College