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Five ACC student-athletes named to Soccer America MVPs Teams
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland senior forward Patrick Mullins has been named the 2013 Soccer America Men’s Player of the Year, while Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark has been selected as the 2013 Soccer America Men’s Coach of the Year.
Mullins is the second player to repeat as the winner of the award and the first since Virginia’s Claudio Reyna in 1992-93. He led the nation with 19 goals and added eight assists on the season as the Terrapins reached the College Cup final. ACC student-athletes have won 12 times in the award’s 26-year history, including each of the past three seasons.
Clark guided his team to the 2013 NCAA Championship and is the first Notre Dame coach to be named Coach of the Year by Soccer America. He led the Irish to a 17-1-6 record, a 7-1-3 mark in league play, and the first College Cup appearance in program history. He is the third coach from the ACC to garner the accolade in the last five years after Virginia’s George Gelnovatch in 2009 and North Carolina’s Carlos Somoano in 2011.
Mullins and Notre Dame’s Harrison Shipp, two of the three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, were selected to the Soccer America MVPs First Team, while Duke’s Sebastien Ibeagha, Notre Dame’s Grant Van De Casteele, and Virginia’s Eric Bird were recognized on the second team.
Seven ACC players were named to the Soccer America All-Freshman squads, led by Boston College’s Zeiko Lewis and Virginia’s Jordan Allen on the first team. Duke’s Brody Huitema, Maryland’s Zack Steffen, North Carolina’s Omar Holness, Syracuse’s Emil Ekblom, and Wake Forest’s Ian Harkes were placed on the second team. The seven honorees from the league were more than twice as many from any other conference.