PBC Releases Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team

PBC Releases Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team

AUGUSTA, GA – At a banquet on the eve of the PBC Tournament in Evans, Ga., the Peach Belt Conference has announced the 2018 men's soccer All-Conference team.  Young Harris College swept all three major awards for the first time since 2013 with PBC Player of the Year Mikie Rowe, Freshman of the Year Alex Gschwend and coach of the Year Mark McKeever.  The awards are selected by the league's head coaches.

Mikie Rowe became the 13thplayer in league history to score 20 or more goals in a season with 22 to lead the PBC in 2018.  The senior from Wexford, Ireland, is currently second in NCAA Division II with 1.47 goals per game and 3.27 points per game.  His 22 goals is the eighth-highest single-season total in PBC history and his conference-leading 49 points is tied for 11th-most. Named the PBC Player of the Week four times this year and the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on Sept. 13, he also leads the PBC in game-winning goals and shots.  He becomes the fourth Mountain Lion to be named the PBC Player of the Year and keeps the award at Young Harris for the fifth time in the last six years.

Alex Gschwend appeared in 14 of YHC's 15 games in his freshman season, making 13 starts.  The defensive midfielder from Munich, Germany, was a key part of a YHC defense that was second in the PBC with eight shutouts, team goals against average and 10 goals allowed in 15 games.  Gschwend also provided a pair of assists, the first against Belmont Abbey and the second at Southern Wesleyan.  He is the third Mountain Lion to be named the PBC Player of the Year. 

Mark McKeever led Young Harris into the Peach Belt with the 2012 season and has a 106-21-6 overall record since that time with a 49-8-5 mark against conference opponents.  The 2018 Mountain Lions are currently ranked #2 in the nation, a spot they have held for four weeks in a row.  15-0 overall on the season and 7-0 in league play, YHC became the first team since the USC Upstate in 1998 to maneuver through a PBC regular season without a loss or a tie.  Young Harris won their fourth PBC regular-season championship and are the #1 seed for this weekend's PBC Tournament, which they have won three times. McKeever receives his second PBC Coach of the Year honor, the first coming in 2013. 

The men's soccer All-Conference team is listed below.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2018 Peach Belt Men's Soccer
All-Conference Team 

First Team

Forwards

Seba Andreassen, Young Harris
Thibault Chretien, Lander
Carlos Gomez, Young Harris
Mikie Rowe, Young Harris 

Midfielders

Jonas Dovland, Francis Marion
Val Feeney, Young Harris
Macauley King, Young Harris
Adam Farrell, North Georgia 

Defenders

Kevin Coiffic, Young Harris
Dani Fischer, Young Harris
Jordan Skelton, Lander

 Goalkeeper

Alex Iglesias, Young Harris 

Second Team

Forwards

Kwaku Dwamena, Clayton State
Alex Grant, North Georgia
Jordan Misiri, USC Aiken
Eren Ozer, North Georgia 

Midfielders

Sam Coombes, Flagler
Oliver Brock, Lander
Sam Pollard, Francis Marion
James Thomas, Young Harris
Mitro Turunen, Clayton State 

Defenders

Richard Bryan, Lander
Kyle Ferguson, Lander
Julian Kersting, Francis Marion 

Goalkeepers

Matt Sharman, North Georgia
Jacob Withers, Lander 

Select Sport Gold Ball Award

Mikie Rowe, Young Harris

Elite 15 Award presented by EAB

Matthew Bainbridge, Francis Marion

Player of the Year

Mikie Rowe, Young Harris

Freshman of the Year

Alex Gschwend, Young Harris 

Coach of the Year

Mark McKeever, Young Harris

1st Team All-Conference
2nd Team All-Conference
(L to R): Player of the Year Mikie Rowe, Coach of the Year Mark McKeever and Freshman of the Year Alex Gschwend