Four Bobcats earn MEC All-Conference soccer honors

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
GKMarc TorradoSo.Charleston
FEduardo BarrosJr.Charleston
FCristhian BosquezSr.Davis & Elkins
FSimao CoelhoFr.Notre Dame
FSinasi Emre DenizSr.West Va. Wesleyan
MDiego BuenanoFr.Wheeling
MDuvan CanchilaSr.Charleston
MTaylor DysonSo.Notre Dame
MHaruki YamazakiSr.Davis & Elkins
DAntonio BittencourtSo.Notre Dame
DManuel CastrejonJr.Davis & Elkins
DLuis DiazGr.West Va. Wesleyan
DDavide MaterazziJr.Davis & Elkins
DMattia VezzoniJr.Charleston
2022 All-MEC Second Team
GKPedro AlvesJr.Notre Dame
FRichard AfolayankaJr.Wheeling
FDaniel CerezoSr.Davis & Elkins
FKevin ZapataSo.Davis & Elkins
MOkeefe CunninghamSo.Davis & Elkins
MFelipe MercadoSo.Charleston
MSam NewellFr.West Va. Wesleyan
MConnor O’ReillySo.Notre Dame
DAlex EstradaSr.Davis & Elkins
DMartin LagoSo.Davis & Elkins
DLuis MaestreJr.Charleston
DJavier SanchezFr.Charleston
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
MDiego BuenanoWheeling
FSimao CoelhoNotre Dame
MGiorgos DiakosCharleston
GKBeltran FernandezDavis & Elkins
MSam NewellWest Va. Wesleyan
DJavier SanchezCharleston
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)

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