|Sailfish Men's Soccer Head Coach Jose Gomez (top left) and players (Clockwise L-R), Kevin Ireland, AJ Black, Kenny Hogg, Chris Karafilov and Lewis Thompson Were Each Named to the NCCAA All-Region Team.|
Jose Gomez, the head coach of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s men’s soccer team, was named Region Coach of the Year, and five Sailfish players also named to the NCCAA All-Region listing following a dominating showing at the NCCAA South Regional Tournament November 18-19 and 21 on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University. The Sailfish claimed their sixth straight NCCAA Regional.
Sophomore forward Kenny Hogg, a native of Irvine, Scotland, and in his first season with the Fish, earned NCCAA South Region Player of the Year honors, following what has been one of the most impressive individual seasons in program history. Hogg tallied 19 goals in 19 matches on the season with two assists for a total of 40 points.
Hogg registered five game-winning goals on the season while playing just over 1500 minutes on the season.
Joining Hogg on the NCCAA All-Region team were freshmen midfielders AJ Black and Kevin Ireland, along with defenders Chris Karafilov and Lewis Thompson.
Black led all Sailfish players on the season with 12 assists, while also registering one goal in his first season with the team following his prep career at Plant City High School. Ireland has been a solid addition as well for PBA in the midfield with four goals and four assists, both third on the squad.
Karafilov and Thompson both anchored the PBA defense for much of the season as both topped 1,000 minutes of time in the defensive backfield. Thompson chipped in with a goal and an assist on the season while Karafilov added in one goal as well.
The Sailfish men's soccer team will now prepare for their trip to Kissimmee from November 30 to December 3 to compete in the NCCAA National Tournament. The Fish will be looking to defend their title after winning the 2010 NCCAA National Championship.
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