By George Hodgson, Student Assistant
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State College men's soccer program completed a clean sweep of the Little East Conference's major honors, and placed seven individuals on the LEC All-Star First Team, it was announced Thursday.
Senior forward Jesse Elderkin (Concord, NH) was named LEC Player of the year, and LEC First Team All-Star. Freshman forward Antoine Moiboueyi (Gabon, Africa) received the LEC the Rookie of the Year and First Team honors, and Panther head coach Shawn Griffin was voted LEC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his seven years at PSC.
In addition to Elderkin and Moiboueyi, seniors Danny Gilbertson (London, England), Adam Jordan (Milford, NH) and Shawn Higgins (Foxboro, MA), junior Kevin Martin (Foxboro, MA), and freshman Magnus Eriksson (Karlstad, Sweden) all were voted LEC All-Star First Team members.
Jesse Elderkin leads the Panther attack with 15 goals and four assists. Elderkin has 34 total points (1.94 points per game) which puts him in 3rd among LEC players. The senior has scored at least one goal in 11 out of the 17 games played thus far. The scoring forward was named LEC Player of the Week three times this season.
Antoine Moiboueyi gives the Panthers a huge offensive boost coming off the bench. He is second on the team with 23 points, on 10 goals and dishing out three assists. The young forward put on a strong second half season by netting game winners over rival Keene State and LEC foe UMass Dartmouth. Moiboueyi at one point scored eight goals in just five games, including a hat trick that beat Rhode Island College. The freshman was named LEC Player of the Week on October 4th.
Shawn Griffin has coached the Panthers to a superb 15-0-2 overall record. Griffin's coaching talents helped the Panthers go 7-0 in the LEC, and capture their third straight title. Griffin is currently 78-35-9 in seven years as head coach for the Panthers. Griffin has been named Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
Martin and Gilbertson help solidify the Panther offense, as they both have reached double figures in points this season. Martin is third on the team with 14 points on five goals and four assists. Gilbertson tops off the offense with 11 total points on three goals and five assists. Both players bring 25 total points to the midfielder position.
Goalkeeper Higgins has a razor-thin 0.36 goals against average, which puts him tops in the LEC and 3rd in the Nation for Division III. Higgins has seven shutouts on the season and has allowed just six balls to pass him by in over 1500 minutes of play. Higgins is also the current LEC Player of the Week.
Defenders Magnus Eriksson and Adam Jordan have help contribute to Higgins success this year. Both players combined make up a very good solid defense. Opponents have managed only 101 total shots off the Panther defense amounting to a little over five shots a game. Jordan from his defensive position has a goal and five assists and Eriksson brings one goal and two assists onto the field.
PSC remains 2nd in the New England polls behind Middlebury, and 10th in the Nation for Division III. Plymouth State defeated Rivier College 4-0 Wednesday night, the 400th win in the history of the program. With the win, PSC also tied a school record with 17 consecutive regular season games played without recording a loss. The Panthers will finish out their regular season at home this Saturday when they face Brandeis College at 2:00 p.m.
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