David Geno’s record season gave East Tennessee State its first-ever Atlantic Sun soccer player of the year and, along with goalkeeper of the year Ryan Coulter, the Bucs dominated the league’s postseason awards released Tuesday.
The pair were just two of nine ETSU players to receive postseason honors, edging Mercer’s eight for the most in the league.
Geno had single-season school records, with 11 goals, seven assists and 29 points. The junior’s goals and assists led all A-Sun players. The former Dobyns-Bennett standout also set school career records this season in the three categories — 23 goals, 15 assists and 61 points.
Coulter finished the season with a goals-against-average of 0.99, earning six shutouts on the year. One of his shutouts was against then-No. 17 UAB, and four others came in conference play. He had the best GAA among league keepers at 0.61 through eight conference games.
In Coulter’s two season with the Bucs, he is unbeaten at 3-0-3 against nationally ranked opponents and has a GAA of 0.42 in 600 minutes.
ETSU players made up most of the A-Sun’s first team, with five. Geno and Coulter were joined on the first team by freshman defender Maximilian Muemken, junior midfielder Alesi Osorio and junior midfielder Itode Fubara.
Junior defender Blaike Woodruff was ETSU’s lone member of the second team, while Kristoffer Ibsen and Dalton Guzman were named to the all-freshman team. Woodruff and senior Colin Pugh both earned academic team honors.
Geno was a first-team member for the second consecutive year. He was also on the all-freshman team in 2010.
Muemken, a junior transfer, led the Bucs’ defense, helping in four shutouts and holding opponents to a shots-on-goal percentage of 31.6 percent.
Fubara — now a two-time first-team member — scored one goal and posted three assists on the season, while transforming into more of a defensive midfielder to help Muemken and the ETSU back line keep the opposition out of goal.
Osorio had the biggest statistical season of his four-year career, netting four goals and tallying three assists to finish tied for second on the team with 11 points. He is ETSU’s all-time leader in both games played and started with 75 appearances and 71 starts. The all-conference award are Osorio’s first.
Mercer had the league’s defensive player of the year in Josh Shutter and coach of the year in Brad Ruzzo. The Bears had three first team members, and four on the second team.
Florida Gulf Coast’s Felipe DeSousa was the freshman of the year. The Eagles had six all-conference selections, including four on the all-freshman team.
The A-Sun tournament begins today in Fort Myers, Fla. Third-seeded ETSU plays No. 6 Jacksonville today at 4 p.m., followed by No. 5 Lipscomb and No. 4 USC Upstate at 7.
The ETSU-JU winner plays second-seeded Mercer on Friday at 4, while the other quarterfinal winner plays No. 1 seed FGCU at 7. The championship is Sunday at 1 p.m.