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The College of Charleston men’s soccer team placed four players on the 2008 All-Southern Conference teams as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Senior defender Wes Knight (Easley, S.C.) earned first-team honors, while forward Kareem Yearwood (SouSoulands, Tobago) and midfielder Branko Gavric (Toronto, Ontario) were named to the second-team. Midfielder Sean de Silva (Port of Spain, Trinidad) rounded out the Cougar selections, as he was named to the SoCon All-Freshman team.

Elon’s Justin Wyatt was named the 2008 Southern Conference Player of the Year after leading the Phoenix to a perfect 7-0-0 record in the conference this season.

Knight, who appeared in each of the 18 games the Cougars played on the season making 17 starts, anchored a Charleston defensive unit that allowed just 28 goals on the season and recorded five shutout victories. He also took 13 shots from the field on the year.

This marks the second-straight year that Knight has been named to the All-Southern Conference squad, as he was a second-team selection in 2007.

Yearwood, who started 17 of the 18 matches the Cougars played on the year, finished the season second on the team in scoring tallying 17 points (five goals, two assists). He took 33 shots from the field on the year and scored his biggest goal of the season against Jacksonville on Sept. 25th, as he scored the game-winner in double overtime to lead the Cougars to a 1-0 win. For his efforts in the Jacksonville and Stetson matches, he was named MVP of the 2008 Saturn of Charleston/Nike Soccer Classic after leading the Cougars to a tournament championship.

This also marks the second straight season that Yearwood has been named to the All-SoCon team, as he was a first team selection last year.

Gavric, who started in all of the team’s 18 matches on the season, scored a goal and recorded an assist on the year. He also took eight shots from the field. Gavric scored the eventual game-winner against Stetson on Sept. 27th.

de Silva, who saw action in 16 games, making eight starts, took 17 shots on the year in the Cougar mid-field. de Silva had a banner day against Davidson on Oct. 4th, as he scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to lead the Cougars to a 3-0 over the Wildcats.

The College of Charleston ended their regular season with a 9-9-0 overall mark, 3-4-0 in the Southern Conference. The Cougars will open the first round of the 2008 Southern Conference Men’s Soccer Championships on Saturday, Nov. 8th at Appalachian State. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

All-Conference

First Team
F Coleton Henning, Furman
F Arie Muniz, Appalachian State
F Justin Wyatt, Elon
M Alex Caskey, Davidson
M Jokull Elisabertarson, UNC Greensboro
M Erfan Imeni, Elon
M Patrick Murray, Furman
D Steven Kinney, Elon
D Wes Knight, College of Charleston
D Paul Pessina, Appalachian State
GK Kyle Boerner, Elon
GK Collin Taylor, Appalachian State

Second Team
F Tebatso Manyama, UNC Greensboro
F Kareem Yearwood, College of Charleston
F Aaron Parker, Elon
M Clint Collins, Elon
M Warren Creavalle, Furman
M Branko Gavric, College of Charleston
M Juan Obregon, Appalachian State
D Will Mason, Elon
D Jonathan Collier, Furman
D E.J. O’Keeffe, UNC Greensboro
GK Clint Irwin, Elon

All-Freshman Team
F Sean Dreybus, Appalachian State
F Coleton Henning, Furman
M Mark Bridges, Appalachian State
M Sean de Silva, College of Charleston
M Greg McNamara, Davidson
M Eric Cobleigh, Furman
M Warren Creavalle, Furman
D James Carroll, Elon
D Hunter Hayes, Davidson
D Chris Klute, Furman
GK Collin Taylor, Appalachian State

Player of the Year: Justin Wyatt, Elon
Freshman of the Year: Coleton Henning, Furman
Coach of the Year: Darren Powell, Elon