Flood of awards for Dayton men’s, women’s soccer

Baujan Field was home to a multitude of A-10 postseason award winners for men’s and women’s soccer in the 2021 season. Photo courtesy of Flyer News.

Peter Burtnett
Sports Editor

A flood of Flyers from men’s and women’s soccer were recognized with the release of the end of the season awards for Atlantic 10 soccer.

In the individual awards for the men’s team, senior midfielder Jonas Fjeldberg was named A-10 Offensive Player of the Year and junior midfielder Kingsford Adjei was named A-10 Midfielder of the Year, both repeating the same awards from last year. Head coach Dennis Currier was named A-10 Head Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.

For the women’s team, freshman Itala Gemelli was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after leading the conference in goals scored (9) and points (19).

Most of the awards for both teams came from the different All-Conference teams.

Fjeldberg and Adjei earned First Team All-Conference honors for men’s soccer, and Gemelli earned First Team All-Conference and All-Rookie honors for women’s soccer.

On the Second Team All-Conference, a pair of sophomores in men’s soccer (midfielder Toluwalase Oladeinbo and defender Elias Harryson) earned honors, and a trio of women’s soccer sophomores (midfielders Yaiza Navarro Leon and Jessica Sheldon, and defender Mackenzie Lutz) were named to the Second Team.

Men’s soccer freshman goalkeeper Marc Kouadio earned Third Team and All-Rookie honors, and women’s soccer defender Katie Houck and midfielder Madison Wilson were named to the All-Rookie Team.

Finally, Sheldon and senior midfielder Emma Thomas were named to the A-10 women’s soccer All-Academic Team.

“We are excited for all of our young women receiving recognition from their peers in the Atlantic 10 for their outstanding performances this season,” Flyers women’s soccer head coach Eric Golz said. “All of the recognition is well deserved, and we are very grateful for their significant contributions in the classroom, on the field, and in the campus community.

“The performance of our team as a whole helped to make these awards possible, and we all look forward to the opportunity to earn some more awards at the Atlantic 10 Championship.”

Women’s soccer plays in the A-10 semifinals in Saint Louis against the No. 1 Billikens at 1 p.m. Thursday. Men’s soccer hosts their A-10 tournament, beginning with the semifinals at noon Thursday against George Washington at Baujan Field. Regardless of whether the Flyers win, the men’s soccer championship gfinal will also be played at UD.

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