Lancaster, Pa. – Four Wesley College Men's soccer players received All-Atlantic East Conference honors announced on Thursday. This fall, despite the loss of the top four goal scorers including offensive AEC player of the year (2018) Chimaobli Ikwuagwu, the Wolverines earned a 11-7-1 record, losing in the dying minutes of their conference semifinal, however the team earned an ECAC berth.
Matthew Dina finish off hissenior campaign by earning a spot on the Atlantic East All-Conference First team. This will be Dina's second first team all-conference award after starting in all 19 games for Wesley, recording three goals and leading the Wolverines on the defensive side of the game.After missing the 2017 campaign through injury Matt was named Defensive player of the year for 2018 and came back even stronger for the 2019 year to be named Atlantic East Player of the year.
Matt is not alone in impacting the Wolverines these past two seasons as fellow captain & senior Luis Cruz earned Atlantic East First Team All-Conference. Luis has become mentally stronger as he learned to work and play with injuries this fall. It is to his credit that he has had such a wonderful impact on the game and his teammates. He is the team's most creative player, best passer and has scored some beautiful goals during his career.
Also earning All-conference was Justin John-Langba (sophomore) who lead the conference with 14 goals this fall including the winning goal in overtime in the AEC first round and the goal to open the semifinal match up versus Cabrini. Justin came in hot and had a wonderful September also earning ECAC player of the month but it is his willingness to adapt to his role, whether it be to come in from the wing, play in the center or come off the bench for tactical reasons, that Coach Clark saw the greatest growth from Justin. We expect much more to come from him in 2020.
Finally, Kaiden Fields was selected to the AEC first team all-conference. The Virginian freshman came in second in the conference in assists and tallied six goals in his first college season. His partnership with other freshman including Kieran Sundermann and Joseph Esubalew bodes well for the future for the Wolverines. "I love the work ethic of Kaiden and how his game is developing. He was not in awe of the pace of the game, is hungry for the ball and like many of our freshmen he is willing to work when not in possession" said Coach Clark.
"Clearly it will be a challenge in the future to play without Captains Dina and Cruz, their impact on Wesley Soccer as players, on field generals and teammates has been tremendous but we have others too who we hope can offer leadership and inspiration to our freshmen in the future. Andrea Carboni was excellent as Dina's center back partner and Cade Sundermann continues to develop in the midfield. I think goalkeeper Jason Sommer was also unfortunate to miss out on the All conference awards, but we have many excellent players in the Atlantic East which continues to get stronger and for that reason this year's winners should be very proud of the All Conference recognition and Awards." Coach Clark
The Wesley Men's Soccer team will travel to Arcadia on Saturday, November 16th for the first round of ECAC play. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.