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November 10, 2003

All-Conference honors for six PSU Men’s Soccer players

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - After an outstanding campaign that has included a share of the Little East Conference regular season title, six members of the Plymouth State University men's soccer team were named on Monday to the 2003 LEC All-Star Team.

Senior midfielder Kyle Bowman (Bedford, N.H.) was the top recipient for the Panthers, and the only one selected as a First Team All-Star. Five others were named to the Second Team - senior goalkeeper Brad Wilby (Haddonfield, N.J.), senior backs Nick Libera (Cromwell, Conn.) and Steve Libera (Cromwell, Conn.), junior midfielder Sebastian Rodriguez (San Jose, Costa Rica/Plymouth HS-N.H.), and freshman forward Felix Rosen (Stockholm, Sweden).

A 5'9" midfielder, Bowman has had a strong all-around season. He helped control play in the middle of the field while contributing to the offense with a goal and four assists, tying for the team lead in assists. His goal came in the final week of the regular season in a 3-0 win over Tufts.

A 6'3" keeper, Wilby has enjoyed a terrific season in the Panther goal. He posted nine shutouts and an impressive 0.54 goals against average, allowing only nine goals in 17 games. Wilby was named LEC Defensive Player of the Week three times this season, and was selected Goalie of the Week by the ECAC on two occasions. Wilby has registered 23 shutouts in his outstanding career.

A pair of 6'2" defenders, the Libera twins anchored the defense in front of Wilby, helping the Panthers allow only 10 goals and 99 shots in 17 games. Each one took a turn this season as the LEC Defensive Player of the Week. Both also contributed to the offense, with Nick scoring a goal and four assists and Steve adding one goal. Both players have eligibility remaining and are expected to return to the team next season.

A 5'8" forward/midfielder, Rodriguez has enjoyed his best season in his career. He is tied for third on the team in scoring with 10 points on three goals and four assists. All of his goals came in big games - one in a 2-1 loss against nationally-ranked Bowdoin, one in a 3-0 win over Bates, and the other in a key 3-2 LEC triumph over Keene State.

A 5'7" forward, Rosen enjoyed a solid rookie season for the Panthers, leading the team in scoring with seven goals and one assist. He scored two goals in a game against both Bates and Colby-Sawyer, and he tallied the only goal of the game in a key 1-0 LEC win over Eastern Connecticut. Four of his seven goals were game-winners.

The Panthers' season continues this week with their participation in the ECAC New England Tournament. Second-seeded PSU will host Salve Regina on Wednesday (5:00 p.m.) at Panther Field in a first-round game.

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