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November 9, 2012

O-State soccer produces SUNYAC's best


“Sean is a natural center midfielder, but after suffering a host of injuries to our defensive ranks early in preseason, we asked Sean to fill in at fullback,” O-State coach Iain Byrne said of Vinberg, a 17-game starter who has one goal and one assist. “We see a bright future for him over the next three years.”

Brantmeyer became the ninth O-State woman to earn Player of the Year honors and the first since 2008. An All-SUNYAC first-teamer, Brantmeyer led the Red Dragons (12-7-1) with 16 points, on six goals and four assists.

Brantmeyer is also O-State’s second woman to follow Rookie of the Year honors (in 2009) with Player of the Year accolades. The first was Stamford Central graduate Mary Velan, The Daily Star’s Player of the Year for high school girls soccer in 2002 who graduated from Oneonta State in 2008.

Also a First Team SUNYAC selection this season, Krystal Scott started all 20 games and had one assist for the Red Dragons. She is the Red Dragons’ fifth SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and the third in the last four seasons.

“It’s nice to have the conference coaches recognize the talent of our players,” said O-State coach Liz McGrail, who also graduated from Stamford Central. “Kayla and Krystal were an important part of our success this year. Kayla has been an impactful player in our program for four years. Krystal will be an impactful player for us over the next three years.”

Hartwick men

Hartwick senior striker Cleyon Brown made the Mid-American Conference’s Second Team, the Hawks announced Thursday.

Brown led Hartwick in goals scored (six) and points (15) this season, the bulk of which came during a six-game span in September when he had five goals and one assist.

“We’re very happy for Cleyon,” Hartwick coach John Scott said. “The league coaches vote on these awards, so he proved to them over the course of the season that he belongs in the same company as the top forwards in the MAC.”

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