Trinity's Casanova; DePauw's Jacobi headline 2008 All-SCAC Men's Soccer Team
SUWANEE, Ga. - In exclusive voting by the
league's head soccer coaches, Noe Casanova of Trinity University
was selected 2008 SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year and Ted Jacobi
of DePauw University was voted the league's Defensive
In that same balloting, Luis Castillo of Austin College was tabbed SCAC Newcomer-of-the-Year, and Trinity head coach Paul McGinlay was voted SCAC Coach-of-the-Year.
Noe Casanova, a senior midfielder from Kingwood, Texas, led the league in scoring with 30 points on six goals and a tied a SCAC single-season record with 18 assists - which was good for third nationally. Heading into the postseason, Casanova has 40 career assists, second all-time in SCAC history and trailing only the 45 posted by Clayton Haden of Sewanee from 1993 to 1996. A Second Team All-SCAC selection last season, Casanova was a two-time SCAC Player-of-the-Week (Week 2, Week 9) during the 2008 campaign.
In being selected the league's Offensive POTY, Casanova received 10 votes from the coaches. Richard Hinton of Centre College received the remaining vote.
Ted Jacobi, a junior goalkeeper from St. Louis, Mo., played extremely well in his first year starting in goal for the Tigers, making big saves game after game. He finished second in the league in goals against average at 0.63 and had a SCAC-high nine shutouts on the season. He also had 86 saves (fourth in the SCAC). Jacobi was a two-time SCAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week selection (Week 7, Week 11).
Jacobi received four votes in the Defensive POTY voting, followed by Michael Robertson of Trinity with three votes and Adam Boyer of Centre with two. Kevin O'Neil of Southwestern University and Jimmer Comerford of Colorado College received one vote each.
Luis Castillo, a first-year midfielder from Kingwood, Texas, led Austin College and all conference first-year players in goals scored (7) and total points (18). He led all players in total shots (77) and shots per game (4.53) and finished the year with three game-winning goals.
Castillo received four votes in the Newcomer-of-the-Year voting, followed by Travis Boccard of Colorado College and Zach Garcia of Trinity, who received three votes each. Austin Hall of Centre received the remaining coaches' vote.
Coach Paul McGinlay guided the Trinity men to another SCAC title, the program's 12th overall and 11th in the last 13 years. McGinlay, who won his 300th game a week ago, is in his 18th season as the head coach of the Tigers and has amassed an overall record of 302-54-20 (.830). Trinity is currently 19-0-1 and ranked first in the nation as the team heads to NCAA Sectional play this weekend. Four years ago, McGinlay led Trinity to a 24-0-0 record and the NCAA Division III National Championship. In 2007, Trinity was once again the top-ranked team in the nation and, despite out-shooting Middlebury 23-12 in the national title game, dropped a heartbreaking decision on penalty kicks - the team's only loss of the season. McGinlay is a 10-time SCAC Coach of the Year honoree and has led his team to an undefeated and untied conference mark seven times in his career.
McGinlay received five votes from his peers in the COTY voting. Don Gregory of Southwestern, who shared Coach-of-the-Year honors with McGinlay last season, picked up two votes, as did Horst Richardson of Colorado College. Brad Hauter of DePauw and Jeb Burch of Centre received one vote each.
For the complete 2008 All-SCAC Men's Soccer release, click here.