On the eve of its first-ever appearance in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, the University of Delaware men’s soccer team announced that four of its members had made all-conference teams. Senior Jon Scheer and junior Evans Frimpong earned second-team honors, while Darren O’Connor made the third team, and Vincent Mediate was named to the All-Rookie team.
The teams were announced Thursday at the conference’s annual banquet in Williamsburg, Va.
This was the highest number of honorees in the tenure of head coach Ian Hennessy, who took the reins in 2005. Delaware had only had two players earn all-CAA honors since it joined the league in 2002.
Scheer, out of West Windsor, N.J., led the team with nine points on four goals and an assist, and he scored three game-winning goals for the Blue Hens, who finished the season 6-8-3 overall, 5-4-2 in the CAA. All three were in home conference games, helping UD to an undefeated and untied home campaign. Scheer also assisted on the playoff-clinching goal against Virginia Commonwealth on Nov. 7.
Frimpong led the team with 54 shots this year, averaging nearly four per game. In his first season in Newark after transferring from NAIA school Texas-Brownville, the native of Ghana scored seven points on three goals and an assist. He had three points vs. James Madison on Oct. 9.
O’Connor, another transfer from Texas-Brownville, was a mainstay at center back this season, helping UD record six shutouts, including in the final three games of the year. A native of Cork, Ireland, O’Connor helped limit opponents to just 228 shots this year, only 102 of which were on goal.
Freshman Mediate is Delaware’s first member of the CAA All-Rookie Team. He finished with three points on a goal and an assist. The assist came in his first game with the Blue Hens, on the first goal in a 3-1 win over Canisius. Mediate, from Southlake, Texas, scored the game-winner against UNC Wilmington.
CJ Sapong of James Madison was named the player of the year, and Shaun Foster of Hofstra was selected both the Defensive Player of the Year and the CAA’s top rookie. William & Mary’s Chris Norris grabbed Coach of the Year honors.
Delaware will face Norris and the Tribe, the top seed in the tournament, Friday night in Williamsburg. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. The first game of the doubleheader will pit second-seeded VCU vs. No. 3 Hofstra at 5 p.m. If you will be in Williamsburg, admission to the twinbill is $5 for adults, $3 for youth. Students from CAA schools are admitted free with valid school ID. The title game is Sunday at 1 p.m.
William & Mary is currently ranked 16th in the country and finished the CAA slate with a record of 8-1-2. The Tribe last won the conference title in 2000.
The Blue Hens were picked to finish 10th in the CAA in the preseason coaches’ poll. In their regular-season meeting with William & Mary, Delaware lost a 2-1 decision, their only loss in the final six games. Their last postseason appearance was in 1996 in the America East.
Live stats from the playoff game will be available at the websites of both the CAA and William & Mary athletics.