Our last player has completed his college season and our league meetings in New Orleans begin in mere hours, so let’s put a wrap on a fine fall for FCB favorites.
That last player in question is Scottish defender Jordan Sinclair (above), who led us in minutes this summer. That was at center back, but Jordan is a marauding left back for NAIA Tournament quarterfinalist Mobile. The sixth-seeded Rams won a pair of tourney matches before falling to three-seed Missouri Valley on Wednesday. Jordan was one of two Rams to start every match, picking up a goal and an assist during his junior season. The Glaswegian was Southern States Athletic Conference second team.
Several other FCB men made it to the national tournaments, headlined by Akean Shackleford. The Jamaican striker closed out a 32-goal campaign for Indian Hills Community College with a pair of tournament wins before falling in the quarterfinals. “Shack” was the ICCAC Conference Player of the Year and is headed for D-1 power SMU next season.
Fox Slotemaker went to the Big Dance with Old Dominion, where he captained the Friars to a 2-0 win over NC State before ending his senior season with a loss at No. 3 Indiana. Fox was second team All-Conference USA for the conference champions.
Josh Beshaw transfered to Buffalo State, where he helped the team to the D-III national tournament under coach Mark Howlett with a goal and two assists in 20 matches.
A fine second season with FCB was a precursor for an outstanding campaign for Bayley Winkel at Robert Morris University. “Winks” converted an almost absurd 10 of his 33 shots for goals and added two assists in being named All-NEC First Team. College and club teammate Jake Cooper supplied a few of those amongst his five assists. “Coops” also scored twice.
David Enstrom set up shop at center back for St. John’s after transferring from Buffalo, and the Swede played incredibly well. Enstrom was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year after shepherding the 13th-stingiest defense in the nation.
At Saint Bonaventure: Kieran Toland emerged from a long injury hiatus to help the Bonnies to the A-10 tournament. He was NCAA Player of the Week in early November after earning the national coaches award the previous week. Kieran finished with four goals and six assists in 17 games, and transfer Isaiah Barrett‘s scored twice in 16 appearances for the Bonnies.
At Niagara: Goalkeeper Steve Casey made 77 saves and posted a pair of clean sheets in 13 matches for Bill Boyle’s Purple Eagles. Bauti Pedezert had a goal and two assists, and Mack Roach played in 15 matches. The pair was influential in the Purple Eagles’ playmaking. Hector Solorio (’17) and Matt Lopoyda (’16) have a combined 28 appearances this season.
At Canisius: Across the bridge, Marco Trivellato made the All-MAAC tournament team has two shutouts and six wins for Canisius, while 2016-17 squad member Troy Brady scored nine goals and was All-MAAC first team. Hunter Walsh (’16) scored six goals for the Griffs, while Nick Szabo‘s freshman campaign saw him make seven starts.
Austin Stout was one of two Duquesne players to start every match this season, as freshman Brett Stern got his feet wet with seven appearances. Matt Pickard debuted for Syracuse.
Frank Cotroneo posted two assists in 15 matches following his transfer from Villanova, a terrific first season at Siena.
Brian Paredes captained LIU Brooklyn, while Romario Guscott (’16) posted two goals and two assists for the Blackbirds. Defender Zach Peterson‘s made 15 appearances for LIU.
Goalkeeper Cam Hogg made his debut for San Diego State following a transfer from Buffalo.
Cameron Emerson scored two goals and added four assists in 18 matches for Anderson University in South Carolina.
Old friends… Ian McGrath (’16) was outstanding at Evansville, scoring 12 goals with six assists in earning his fourth-straight appearance on the All-Missouri Valley Conference team. … Johnny McBeth (’16) registered an All-Sun Belt Conference second team season with two goals and three assists at Hartwick; Jamie O’Grady was on our roster in the Spring of 2016 before suffering an injury. He was Sun Belt Conference Player in the Year. … Andrew Crawford (’16) made 16 appearances for Rider in a solid season. … Kevin Kappock (’15) had two goals and an assist in playing the third-most minutes at Marist. … There are four (4!) ex-FCB players on Midwestern State, where Scott Doney (’15) was named a United Soccer Coaches All-American for a 14-goal campaign after transferring from UB, Koby Sapon-Amoah (’16) had three goals in 20 matches, Steve Pondeca (’16) had one in 15, and Alex Dimitriu (’16) notched a goal and three assists in 22 mathches. … Anthony Gaglianese (’16) played 19 matches and an assist at St. Bonaventure, while Nikko Richards (’16) has 17 with an assist. … Luke Pavone (’15) posted eight goals with six assists at Buff State in their tourney season, where he was United Soccer Coaches All-Region. … Gary Boughton has coached the Erie CC women to a wild 17-3-1 record, and the Kats were once ranked No. 1 nationally. … Brian “BK” Knapp used his first season as head coach to Hartwick to lead the women’s team to its first conference title. He and his staff earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors by the Empire 8 Conference.