Four Paladins Named To NSCAA All-South Squad; Furman Earns Team Academic Award
Greenville, S.C. -- Four Furman men's soccer standouts have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Region Teams and head coach Doug Allison's squad was honored with the NSCAA Men's Team Academic Award, it has been announced.
Forward/midfielder Coleton Henning, defender Walker Zimmerman and goalkeeper Alec Kann were named NSCAA All-South Region First Team selections while midfielder Martin Ontiveros was selected to the third team.
Furman received the NSCAA Academic Award by posting a 3.0 grade point average as a team.
Henning, a native of Shawnee, Kan., earned Southern Conference Player-of-the-Year honors after ranking third in the league with seven goals while adding four assists in 2011. After missing the entire 2010 campaign with a knee injury, Henning earned first team All-SoCon honors and helped Furman to a 14-4-4 overall record and NCAA Tournament berth.
Zimmerman, who joined Henning on the All-SoCon first team, captured league freshman of the year honors after leading all SoCon defenders with five goals and helping anchor a Paladin defense that surrendered just 20 goals in 22 matches. The 6-foot-3, Lawrenceville, Ga., product, who was called up to the United States U-20 National Team camp for January, scored four of his goals on headers off of set pieces this season.
Kann, a senior and Decatur, Ga., native, posted a 0.87 goals against average and notched eight shutouts while recording all 14 wins in goal for the Paladins. The senior, also a first team All-SoCon choice, recorded clean sheets against then nationally-ranked Princeton and East Tennessee State before fashioning a streak of three consecutive shutouts to conclude the regular season against Appalachian State, Davidson and Wofford.
Ontiveros, often deployed as an attacking midfielder, netted six goals and added six assists in his first year as a Paladin. The junior netted Furman's goal in a 3-1 NCAA Tournament first round defeat at Charlotte on a first half free kick. He also tallied match-winning goals versus both Davidson and Wofford.