Peach Belt Announces Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team

Peach Belt Announces Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has announced the 2011 men’s soccer All-Conference team at a banquet in Augusta in advance of the PBC Tournament.   Flagler’s Johan Bergfeld was named the PBC Player of the Year while UNC Pembroke’s Sam Miles the Freshman of the Year.  Flagler head coach John Lynch was named the Coach of the Year.  In all, 24 players were named to the All-Conference team, that number was increased by two due to ties in the voting.

Bergfeld is the driving force behing Flagler’s success which led to the 2011 PBC regular-season Championship and the top seed in the PBC Tournament.  A senior from Akers Styckebruk, Sweden, Bergfeld anchored the Saints midfield, scoring six goals with five assists this season.  The five assists are tied for fourth in the conference while he is also ninth in total points.  Bergfeld provided both goals in Flagler’s 2-0 win at Florida Tech and the game-winner in a 1-0 decision against North Georgia.  A PBC Player of the Week this season, he is named first-team All-Conference for the third straight year and becomes the first Flagler men’s soccer player to ever be named the PBC Player of the Year.

Sam Miles has made the most of his first season of collegiate competition, leading the Peach Belt with 12 goals scored this year.  The freshman forward from Christchurch, New Zealand, also leads the league with 29 points and is tied for fourth with five assists.  Miles was especially effective over a four-game stretch in September, scoring seven goals in four games with three multi-goal efforts.  In all, Miles had four games with two or more goals and two game-winners.  He becomes the third UNCP Brave to be named the Freshman of the Year along with Stephen Ademolu in 2001 and Christian Staackmann in 2005.

John Lynch earns his second PBC Coach of the Year honor in the last three seasons after leading the Flagler Saints to their second PBC regular-season title in that time.  Flagler, who only joined the Peach Belt for the 2009 season, is currently ranked #19 in the nation with a 13-3-2 overall record and won the PBC with a 6-1-1 league mark.  In his 13th season at Flagler, Lynch’s Saints are the top seed in the PBC Tournament for the second time and are looking for their first tournament title after reaching the finals for the past two years.

The 2011 All-Conference team is listed below as selected by the league’s head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2011 PBC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team

First Team

Forwards
Alex Blandin, Francis Marion
Mack Hough, Flagler
Sam Miles, UNC Pembroke
Matty Phillips, Clayton State

Midfielders
Johan Bergfeld, Flagler
Janny Rivera, Clayton State
Joseph Toby, Flagler

Defenders
Chinedu Arinze, USC Aiken
Kevin Keenan, Flagler
Chris Klute, Clayton State
Clement Simonin, Lander
Adrian Williams, Francis Marion

Goalkeeper
Brendan Ledgeway, Montevallo

Second Team

Forward
Shane Howard, Montevallo

Midfielders
Tyson Eyo, Montevallo
Will Frandsen, Flagler
Shane McKay, Georgia Southwestern
Jesy Phelps, North Georgia

Defenders
Chevy Augustine, USC Aiken
Mike Davis, UNC Pembroke
Gary O'Neill, Montevallo
Mike Rinzema, Montevallo

Goalkeepers
Ryan Hanson, UNC Pembroke
Rade Tanaskovic, North Georgia

Player of the Year
Johan Bergfeld, Flagler

Freshman of the Year
Sam Miles, UNC Pembroke

Coach of the Year
John Lynch, Flagler

(L to R): PBC Player of the Year Johan Bergfeld; Coach of the Year John Lynch and Freshman of the Year Sam Miles.
PBC First Team All-Conference
PBC Second Team All-Conference