HIGH POINT, N.C. --- Six Lees-McRae men’s soccer players have been tabbed to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference teams, the league announced Thursday afternoon.
Sophomore defender Marvyn Rieger (Frankfurt, Germany) earned first-team all-conference accolades while providing solid defense on the backline for a Bobcat squad that sports a 12-5-1 record. Rieger has started all 18 matches for LMC and has scored two goals while placing seven shots on goal. He was named to the second-team all-conference squad last season.
James Galvani (High Wycombe, England), James Smith (Eastbourne, England), Maurice Kleinert (Hannover, Germany), Nicholas Stover (Titusville, Fla.) and James Morgan (Newcastle, England) earned second-team all-conference merits.
Galvani has produced a breakout season while leading the team and sitting tied for second in the conference with 12 goals. The senior notched the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week award following the opening week of the season after scoring three goals, including two-match winners on the road. Galvani has tallied a goal in 10 of the 16 contests he has appeared in, including goals in three consecutive matches, twice. This marks the third time in his storied career that Galvani has received all-conference recognition.
After missing last season due to injury, Smith has been an offensive juggernaut for LMC while notching nine goals and eight assists. The eight assists is third-best in Conference Carolinas while nine goals has him tied for fifth. The senior scored a pair goals in a thrashing of then-No. 12 Lander while scoring two match-winning goals against King (Tenn.) (Oct. 28 & Nov. 3) within a week. Smith dished out two assists in a 3-1 win against Mars Hill (Sept. 17).
Kleinert has been a defensive studhorse for an LMC team that has allowed 21 goals all season. The sophomore has appeared in all 18 matches, including 16 starts. He tallied a goal in a 4-2 win against King (Tenn.) (Oct. 28) and dished out an assist in a 3-0 at Southern Wesleyan (Sept. 24).
LMC allows 1.14 goals per contest, which is second best in the conference.
Stover sports a 7-3 record in goal while posting a trio of shutouts. The sophomore transfer has stonewalled 29 shots while allowing 1.21 goals per match. He has logged 895:13 minutes with 10 starts on the year. Stover notched consecutive shutouts (Oct. 1 & Oct. 4) in his first two starts of the year. He allowed one goal or less on six occasions.
Morgan has appeared in 17 matches, including 16 starts a freshman. He has recorded two shots while teaming up with Rieger and Kleinert to complete the defensive back line.
The Bobcat defense has helped post seven shutouts on the season.
LMC travels to No. 1 Limestone for a Conference Carolinas bout Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Gaffney, S.C.
Men's All-Conference 1st-Team
Nathan Regis, Pfeiffer -Forward
Jorge Mackenna, Limestone -Forward
Andrew Settlemire, Erskine -Forward
Chris Hicks, King –Forward
Sam Orritt, Limestone -Midfielder
Erik Pajunk, Barton -Midfielder
Martim Galvao, Pfeiffer -Midfielder
Lalaina Randriamanantena, Limestone -Defender
Vebjoern Olstad, Limestone -Defender
Marvyn Rieger, Lees-McRae -Defender
Tom Godfrey, Limestone -Goalkeeper
James Galvani, Lees-McRae -Forward
Jaime Siaj, Pfeiffer -Forward
Roberto Soares, Pfeiffer –Forward
Dante De Luca, Barton -Midfielder
James Smith, Lees-McRae -Midfielder
Harry Cooksley, Limestone -Midfielder
Jovan Gracia, Barton –Defender
Maurice Kleinert, Lees-McRae -Defender
James Morgan, Lees-McRae -Defender
Nico Andrade, Pfeiffer -Defender
Nicholas Stover, Lees-McRae -Goalkeeper
Men's All-Conference 3rd-Team
Nick Fuller, Belmont Abbey -Forward
Kevin Williams Lopez, Mount Olive -Forward
Cooper Gaypia, Mount Olive –Forward
Tyler Agiovlassitis, Limestone -Midfielder
Eli Carrasco, King -Midfielder
Ross Henderson, Erskine –Midfielder
Ryan Murphy, King -Midfielder
Josh Heafield, Erskine -Defender
Kendale Liburd, King -Defender
Sam Hibbert, Limestone -Defender
Nicolas Dulac, Pfeiffer -Goalkeeper
Men's Soccer Regular Season Champions
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