The best soccer players in the SUNY Athletic Conference wear Oneonta State uniforms.
That’s according to the SUNYAC’s coaches, whose votes for conference Player and Rookie of the Year honors in men’s and women’s soccer this season resulted in a Red Dragons sweep Thursday.
Senior defender Dan Scott won SUNYAC Player of the Year for Oneonta’s men, who also had the conference’s Rookie of the Year in freshman midfielder Sean Vinberg.
O-State’s women also doubled up on the SUNYAC’s top awards as senior forward Kayla Brantmeyer won Player of the Year and freshman sweeper Krystal Scott received Rookie of the Year.
All-SUNYAC first-teamer Dan Scott anchored a men’s defense that helped produce a SUNYAC Tournament title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second consecutive season. That defense has allowed less than one goal per game heading into this weekend’s opening NCAA rounds, which will be hosted by O-State (13-5-1) at Red Dragon Field.
“This award could have gone to any number of players on our team,” said Scott, whose team will play a first-round NCAA game against MIT at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with the hopes of advancing to Sunday’s 1 p.m. second-round game against Montclair State or Salve Regina. “I am a better player because of my teammates, who push me to be the best that I can be.”
Senior teammate Eric Fortier won the SUNYAC Player of the Year honor last season, which ended with an appearance in the NCAA D-III semifinals in San Antonio, Texas.
O-State’s men also had the conference’s Rookie of the Year for the second straight season as All-SUNYAC second-teamer Vinberg follows sophomore teammate Justin Rivera as the top newcomer.