U.S. College News
12 Dec 2011
- Written by Inshan Mohammed
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Only their first season in the U.S and already former St. Augustine Senior Comprehensive midfielder Jevaughn Vance and former Fatima College goalkeeper John-Ramses Thomas are making a name for themselves at the Wayland Baptist University here in the United States.
Vance, who was born in Arima is no stranger when it comes to receiving awards. In 2009 he was voted the Secondary Schools Midfielder of the Year. He scored 12 goals in 15 games in 2009 for St. Augustine Secondary and 10 goals in 12 games in 2008.
As for Plymouth-born John Thomas, he has already played for Trinidad & Tobago National Under 15, Under 17, and Under 20 teams respectively. He played soccer and cricket during his time at Fatima College.
Men's Soccer Assistant Coach Shermon Gardner contacted the Soca Warriors Online (SWO) and mentioned that: "We held our annual Athletic awards reception this past Tuesday and both guys were honored yet again."
"Jevaughn received the award for “Offensive Most Valuable Player”. In head coach Shoffner’s presentation, he mentioned that “ Jevaughn has definitely grown both as a player and a person since his arrival."
"His positive attitude and increased work ethic has made a difference in his overall contribution to the team as a whole. We expect even bigger things of him next year."
Former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 goalkeeper John-Ramses Thomas received the award for “Defensive Most Valuable Player”.
"John was invaluable for us this year between the uprights. He already shows great potential and desire to play at the next level and with humility and a good work ethic, the sky is the limit for him."
"He led the conference in saves “93” and started all games since his arrival “16”.
Coach Gardner further stated that: "Although not receiving personal honors, I thought I would also mention the important role that Nikkel Collymore, our third Trinidadian played for us this year."
"Although small in size, Nikkel helped solidify a much improved defense this year with his hard tackling and communication from the back."
"He was also used in several positions early on in the season and these types of players are always a great asset for any team."
"It’s great for our program to know that these guys are only freshman and we know they will be high impact players for this program within the next few years."
"With the new crop of recruits coming in, it should be an even better year in 2012, ended Gardner."