Soccer ‘Cats’ Matthew Bentley and Zach Whiting named to DII CCA Atlantic Region Soccer Team


EAST STROUDSBURG (Pa.) — Two soccer players from the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats have earned All-Atlantic Region honors by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.

Junior midfielder Matthew Bentley was selected to the First Team while senior defender Zach Whiting was named to the Second Team.

Bentley, who was a recent All-MEC First Team selection, led the Bobcats in scoring with 14 goals and two assists.

Whiting, who landed on the All-MEC Honorable Mention list, tallied three goals and had two assists from his defensive position.

The Mountain East Conference dominated the first team with eight selections including the region's Player of the Year in Arthur Favero of Notre Dame. NDC defender Paolo Termine and goalkeeper Daniele De Angelis also earned first team honors. Charleston's Armando Tikvic (D), Williams N'Dah (D) and Gabriel Cabral (M) also earned first team honors as midfielder Martin Minuzzi of Wheeling Jesuit joined Bentley on the First Team.

UC's Freddy Tracey and Christos Charalambous were second team selections, along with Urbana's Jasminko Dizdarevic and Whiting.

Wesleyan closed out the year with a 6-9-2 record.

The 2018 All-Atlantic DII CCA Team

FIRST TEAM

GK —  Daniele De Angelis Notre Dame (OH) Jr. Parma, Italy

F — Arthur Favero Notre Dame (OH) Jr. Sao Paulo, Brazil

F — Cole Kropnick (2017-2) Shippensburg Sr. Blue Bell, Pa.

F — Sam Thornton Gannon So. Rotherham, England

F —  Thilo Wilke Shaw Sr. Karlstadt, Germany

MF — Matthew Bentley West Virginia Wesleyan Jr. London, England

MF — Gabriel Cabral Charleston Jr. Petropolis, Brazil

MF — Patrick Luebben Shippensburg Sr. Gladenbach, Germany

MF —  Martin Minuzzi Wheeling Jesuit Sr. Cardoba, Argentina

D — Kyle Hoops, West Chester Sr. Phoenixville, Pa.

D  — Willie N’Dah Charleston Sr. Rome, Italy

D — Paolo Termine, Notre Dame (OH) Jr. Savona, Italy

D  — Armando Tikvic, Charleston So. Hamburg, Germany

SECOND TEAM

Pos Name School Yr Hometown

GK — Will Marshall West Chester Sr. North Versailles, Pa.

F — Eddy Enowbi, East Stroudsburg Sr. Silver Spring, Md.

F — Henri Tophoven Mercyhurst Fr. Brüggen, Germany

F — Federico Toschi Salem So. Genova, Italy

F — Freddy Tracey Charleston Jr. Sheffield, England

MF — Christos Charalambous Charleston Sr. Nicosia, Cyprus

MF — Jasminko Dizdarevic Urbana Jr. St. Charles, Ill.

MF — Jo Panuccio East Stroudsburg Sr. Mechanicsburg, Pa.

MF — Beckham Sibiski Lock Haven So. Kutztown, Pa.

MF — Connor Wilkinson Mercyhurst Sr. Terrigal, Australia

D — Kyle Finsterbush (2016-1) Millersville Sr. Middletown, Pa.

D — Nico Gericke East Stroudsburg Gr. Karlsruhe, Germany

D — Sami Phelps West Chester Sr. Yardley, Pa.

D — Zach Whiting West Virginia Wesleyan Sr. Ashland, Wis.


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