BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Four members of the West Virginia Wesleyan men’s soccer team were honored in the All-Mountain East Conference awards, the conference revealed Tuesday (Nov. 1).
Istanbul, Turkey striker Sinasi Emre Deniz won All-MEC First Team honors after scoring nine goals during his senior campaign. Deniz led the Bobcats in goals, shots, shots on goals and points.
Graduate student Luis Diaz’s defensive skills earned him a spot on the All-MEC First Team. Diaz, a Los Angeles, Calif. native chipped in a goal versus Charleston on Oct. 16 and helped WVWC earn three clean sheets. This was Diaz’s second time being named to an all-conference team, as he collected Second Team All-MEC honors his sophomore season in 2019.
Freshman Sam Newell was named All-MEC Second Team and to the All-MEC Freshman Team. The Nottingham, England midfielder tallied 13 points in his first collegiate season, which included four goals and five assists. Newell’s five assists led all WVWC players.
Wesleyan midfielder Hunter Dierlam received All-MEC Honorable Mention accolades. The Sacramento, Calif. native scored a trio of goals versus Concord on Sept. 14. Dierlam started in 16 contests and racked up four goals and an assist.
|2022 All-MEC First Team|
|F||Cristhian Bosquez||Sr.||Davis & Elkins|
|F||Simao Coelho||Fr.||Notre Dame|
|F||Sinasi Emre Deniz||Sr.||West Va. Wesleyan|
|M||Taylor Dyson||So.||Notre Dame|
|M||Haruki Yamazaki||Sr.||Davis & Elkins|
|D||Antonio Bittencourt||So.||Notre Dame|
|D||Manuel Castrejon||Jr.||Davis & Elkins|
|D||Luis Diaz||Gr.||West Va. Wesleyan|
|D||Davide Materazzi||Jr.||Davis & Elkins|
|2022 All-MEC Second Team|
|GK||Pedro Alves||Jr.||Notre Dame|
|F||Daniel Cerezo||Sr.||Davis & Elkins|
|F||Kevin Zapata||So.||Davis & Elkins|
|M||Okeefe Cunningham||So.||Davis & Elkins|
|M||Sam Newell||Fr.||West Va. Wesleyan|
|M||Connor O’Reilly||So.||Notre Dame|
|D||Alex Estrada||Sr.||Davis & Elkins|
|D||Martin Lago||So.||Davis & Elkins|
|2022 All-MEC Honorable Mention|
|GK: Beltran Fernandez (D&E), Noah Underwood (WLU)|
F: Paul Caliari (UC), Ned Dry (NDC)
M: Hunter Dierlam (WVWC), Vitor Otsuka (WLU)
D: TJ Cherry (WU), Leo Palmieri (NDC)
|2022 All-MEC Freshman Team|
|F||Simao Coelho||Notre Dame|
|GK||Beltran Fernandez||Davis & Elkins|
|M||Sam Newell||West Va. Wesleyan|
|Offensive Player of the Year: Cristhian Bosquez (Davis & Elkins)|
|Defensive Player of the Year: Duvan Canchila (Charleston)|
|Freshman of the Year: Diego Buenano (Wheeling)|
|Coach of the Year: Daniel Smee (Charleston)|