Men's Soccer News & Highlights
November 06, 2013
Eagles Collect Major Conference Awards
ANNVILLE, Pa.—The Middle Atlantic Conferences recognized eight Eastern Men’s Soccer players with Freedom Conference All-Conference distinctions and awarded three major awards to the Eagles on Wednesday.
Eastern sophomore forward Eric Giovagnoli (Royersford, Pa./ Spring-Ford) earned Freedom Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors, freshman keeper Joe Centeno (Mt. Airy, Md./ Linganore) was named Rookie of the Year and head coach Mark Wagner was named Coach of the Year.
"I think it’s outstanding that we’d have that many guys represented on the all-conference teams,” Coach Wagner said. "I think we have a really talented conference … so to have those guys honored is humbling and I’m incredibly appreciative of the conference."
Three Eagles were honored with First-Team All-Conference selections: forward Eric Giovagnoli, midfielder Mitch Osterhouse (Westminster, Md./ Francis Scott Key), and center back Jair Saenz (Akron, Pa./ Ephrata).
Eric Giovagnoli finished the regular season with 31 points: 12 goals and seven assists. Coach Wagner said that’s he’s been impressed with Giovagnoli’s ability to create offense, despite dealing with several injuries. “It’s not all about him scoring goals, but the number of assists he has speaks volumes,” Wagner said. “He’s tried to not play for himself, but to play for his team; he set that as a very important goal at the beginning of the season, and I’m really pleased to see him honored this way."
Four more Eagles were recognized on the All-Conference Second-Team: forward Josh Cirocco (Whitehall, Pa./ Whitehall), and backs John Remsberg (Middletown, Pa./ Middletown), Brandon Reichart (Telford, Pa./ Christopher Dock) and JD Saracco (Boontown Township, N.J./ Mountain Lakes). Eastern goalie Joe Centeno earned an honorable mention recognition in addition to being named Rookie of the Year. “I think it’s really neat to see Joe get Rookie of the Year,” Wagner said. “To be put in a pressure-packed situation as a freshman, to come up with a school-tying record of 12 shutouts as a freshman is pretty unbelievable."
Coach Wagner lauded the play of Centeno and the defense in reaching that many shutouts, especially after they had to adjust to losing all-region defender James Le to injury for almost all of the conference season.
The Eagles (14-3-1, 5-1-1 Freedom) host the FDU-Florham Devils (10-7-1, 4-3 Freedom) today in the Freedom Conference Semifinals at 2 p.m.
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Updated: Saturday, 23 November 2013