WVWC’s Naylor earns Conference First Team soccer honors


BRIDGEPORT — The University of Charleston, the Mountain East Conference regular season and tournament champion in men's soccer, claimed two of the top honors and placed six players on the All-MEC first team, the league announced today.

UC's Christos Charalambous was selected as the league's Offensive Player of the Year after netting nine goals and providing six assists on the year. 

Daniel Smee, in his first season at the helm, was selected as the league's Coach of the Year. Charleston went a perfect 10-0 on the year and took home both conference trophies.

Notre Dame's Antonio Bittencourt doubled as both the MEC Defender of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

In addition to the individual honors, the league also announced the All-MEC teams. UC's six selections led the league, followed by Notre Dame (4), Davis & Elkins (3) and West Liberty and West Virginia Wesleyan each having one player with first team recognition.

The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

Spring 2021 All-MEC First Team

Pos. Name Cl. School

GK Marc Torrado Fr. Charleston

D Sam Bethell Sr. Charleston

D Antonio BittencourtFr. Notre Dame

D Gianluca Fiorini Fr. Davis & Elkins

D Martin Lago Fr. Davis & Elkins

D Charlie Naylor So. W.Va. Wesleyan

D Emil Rasmussen Jr. Charleston

M Christos CharalambousJr. Charleston

M David Jara Jr. Davis & Elkins

M Javi Mate Sr. Notre Dame

M Marcus Vinicius Fr. Notre Dame

F Adam Burchell Jr. Charleston

F Gabriel Rodriguez Sr. Charleston

F Filip Sparavec Fr. Notre Dame

F Josh Yeaman Sr. West Liberty

Spring 2021 All-MEC Second Team

Pos. Name Cl. School

GK Jeremy Coste Jr. Davis & Elkins

D Gage Adam So. Frostburg State

D Lucas Christensen Fr. Charleston

D Sacha Everard Fr. Concord

D Melchy Jacquet Sr. Alderson Broaddus

D Mikel Ubeda Sr. West Liberty

M Hunter Dierlam Fr. W.Va. Wesleyan

M Melvrik Fernandes Sr. Alderson Broaddus

M Eduardo Iranzo Jr. Charleston

M A lexis Ledoux Fr. Charleston

M Kenshiro YamaguchiSo. Davis & Elkins

F Daniel Cerezo So. Davis & Elkins

F Malvin Gblah So. Notre Dame

F Anderson MarroquinJr. Davis & Elkins

Spring 2021 All-MEC Honorable Mention

GK: Diego Gomez (Alderson Broaddus)

D: Davide Materazzi (Davis & Elkins)

M: Connor Hartwell (W.Va. Wesleyan), Vitor Otsuka (West Liberty), Steven van Ark (Charleston)

F: Richard Afolayanka (Wheeling)

Spring 2021 All-MEC Freshman Team

Pos. Name School

D Antonio Bittencourt Notre Dame

D Lucas Christiansen Charleston

M Hunter Dierlam W.Va. Wesleyan

D Sacha Everard Concord

D Gianluca Fiorini Davis & Elkins

D Martin Lago Davis & Elkins

M Alexis Ledoux Charleston

F Filip Sparavec Notre Dame

GK Marc Torrado Charleston

M Marcus Vinicius Notre Dame

Offensive Player of the Year: Christos Charalambous (Charleston)

Defensive Player of the Year: Antonio Bittencourt (Notre Dame)

Freshman of the Year: Antonio Bittencourt (Notre Dame)

Coach of the Year: Daniel Smee (Charleston)

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