Following a 16-3-1 season, a trio of Maryville College men's soccer standouts has been named All-South Atlantic Region by the United Soccer Coaches Association.
Senior midfielder Cody VanKerschaever, an Apopka, Florida native, capped his collegiate career second on the squad with six goals while dishing out five assists. He paced the Scots with four game-winning goals. He was named as a second-team All-Region selection by the coaching association as well as a second-team honoree by the USA South Athletic Conference. In 79 career games, VanKerschaever deposited 22 goals placing a dozen game-winners while directing 11 career assists.
MC's Nate Long and Johnny Rakhmonberdiev each earned third-team All-Region honors. Long, a junior defender from Belmont, North Carolina anchored a defense that allowed only 13 goals in 20 games and posted eight team shutouts. This talented center back earned first-team All-USA South honors this season. Sophomore midfielder Johnny Rakhmonberdiev, a native of Sevierville, Tennessee, led the Scots' offensive attack with a team-high 11 goals. Johnny "Rocket" directed a team-high 83 shots while dishing out five assists for a team-high 27 points. He earned second-team All-USA South honors following his standout campaign. In only a pair of seasons in the orange and garnet, Johnny has tallied 16 goals and eight assists.
The Scots claimed the USA South Western Division regular season title with a 9-1-1 league mark. MC fell to N.C. Wesleyan 1-0 in the USA South tournament title match.
"We had one of the stingiest defenses we have ever had in our program allowing only a pair of goals once this season," stated Maryville College Head Soccer Coach Pepe Fernandez. It was a complete team effort, but Nate unselfishly moved from midfield to solidify our defensive unit. Having one person from each line honored shows the balance this team had. Cody and Johnny were dynamic offensive threats that opposing coaches schemed to stop. Each of this talented trio is deserving of these All-Region honors and I am proud of the season they had."