Keystone College claimed three of major awards and earned nine total awards as the Colonial States Athletic Conference announced its 2017 end of the season men’s soccer awards.
These awards include Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, All-CSAC and the All-CSAC All-Sportsmanship team.
The awards were determined by a vote of the conference’s ten head coaches.
Jalen Freeman was named the CSAC Defensive Player of the Year, Carlos Bonilla was selected as the CSAC Rookie of the Year and Joe Schneck was named the CSAC Coach of the Year to highlight Keystone’s awards.
Freeman, Bonilla, and Khadim Thiam all earned First Team All-CSAC honors, Ibrahim Tounkara and Talhah Netherlin were named Second Team All-CSAC and Steven Heintz, Jr. was selected to the CSAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
This is the second straight year that Freeman has won this award, and becomes the first player to win the award in consecutive years.
He is the first CSAC men’s soccer player to win back-to-back major awards since Marywood’s Ryan Jones won Player of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012.
A First Team All-CSAC selection this season, Freeman was also a First Team selection last year and earned Honorable Mention in 2015.
Freeman led a Giant defensive unit that pitched seven shutouts in their 17 games this season.
He also has a goal and three assists on the year.
Bonilla, a First Team All-CSAC selection at forward this season, is the third player from Keystone to earn Rookie of the Year honors in the last four years, joining Angel Perez (2016) and Eddy Enowbi (2014).
This year, Bonilla led the team in goals (7), assists (7) and points with 21. He had two goals in a 2-1 win over Marywood back on October 17.
Schneck, in his fifth season at the helm of Keystone, led the Giants to a record of 12-4-1 this season and a mark of 7-1-1 in CSAC contests.
The Giants made the playoffs for the third straight season.
The 12 wins are the most for the Giants since they won 11 matches back in 2004.
Schneck guided Keystone to its best finish in the CSAC standings with 22 points as the Giants clinched its first-ever postseason bye.
Thiam was also named First Team All-CSAC after a fine rookie season for the Giants.
The freshman midfielder has started all 15 games in which he has played and totaled 10 points on four goal and two assists.
Thiam, who was named the CSAC Player of the Week for the week ending September 10, scored twice in a 3-2 win over Penn State Harrisburg on Sept. 19 and has one game-winning goal on the season.
Tounkara was tabbed as a Second Team All-CSAC selection for the second straight year after a solid regular season.
The sophomore forward has recorded 12 points in just 13 games on five goals and two assists.
Tounkara, who was named the CSAC Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 15, had two goals in conference wins over Immaculata University and Centenary University while adding a goal and an assist in a win over Cairn University.
Netherlin was named Second Team All-CSAC after a strong rookie year for the Giants.
The freshman midfielder ranks second on the team in scoring with 15 points on five goals and five assists.
Netherlin, who paced the squad with three game-winning goals this fall, has recorded three multi-point games this season, scoring two goals in a win over Berkeley College (N.Y.), adding a goal and an assist in a win at Centenary University, and setting up two goals in a victory at Immaculata University.
Heintz was selected to the CSAC All-Sportsmanship Team following a strong final year in goal for Keystone.
The senior goalkeeper has appeared in six games in net including five as a starter and posted a 4-1 record with a three clean sheets.
Heintz has made 31 saves in 461:35 of action to finish the regular season with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .795 save percentage.
Centenary University senior midfielder Justin White was named the 2017 CSAC Player of the Year by the coaches.
White, a first-team selection this season, is the first player from Centenary University to receive this honor.
He is a four-year All-CSAC selection, and was named first-team for the last three seasons.
White leads the team in goals with nine and assists with seven, giving him a team-high 25 points. His 25 points leads the conference.