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Three Golden Eagles Earn All-Summit League Honors

Three Golden Eagles Earn All-Summit League Honors

OMAHA, Neb. – The Summit League announced its men's soccer all-league awards Wednesday afternoon as Omaha earned a league-high seven all-league selections followed by regular season champion Denver with six.

Denver's Andre Shinyashiki captured Offensive Player of the Year honors, while teammate Scott DeVoss earned the Defensive Player of the Year award. Eastern Illinois' Mike Novotny was selected as the Goalkeeper of the Year with Denver's Jacob Stensson being named Newcomer of the Year. Denver head coach Jamie Franks was named the Coach of the Year.

Shinyashiki is the second Denver student-athlete to be named Offensive Player of the Year (Zach Bolden, 2013). The junior, a three-time Offensive Player of the Week recipient, leads The Summit League with 22 points and is tied for the league-lead with nine goals, while his four assists on the year are tied for second. He has also added two game-winning goals this season.

DeVoss anchored a Denver defensive unit that led the league in shutouts (7), goals allowed (13) and goals against average (0.74). The junior started all 17 Denver contests and produced five shots, while collecting one Defensive Player of the Week award this season (Oct. 23).

Novotny becomes the first Eastern Illinois student-athlete to capture the Goalkeeper of the Year award and earns his third career all-league team honor. The senior led The Summit League in both saves (86) and save percentage (.835), which also ranked 11th and 12th, respectively, in the nation. Novotny carries a 0.94 goals against average and helped lead the Panthers to their best league record (2-2-1) in program history.

Stensson helped lead Denver to a 10-6-1 overall mark. He totaled three assists this season, all coming against league competition, recording a pair at Fort Wayne. The freshman becomes just the second Pioneer to win the Newcomer of the Year award, joining teammate Shinyashiki (2015).

Franks collects his third consecutive Coach of the Year honor after leading the Pioneers to their second unblemished league record at 5-0-0 (6-0-0, 2013). Peaking at No. 3 in the national polls earlier this season, Franks has led Denver to an unbeaten league record (15-0-2) the last three seasons. The Pioneers, members of The Summit League since 2013, have won the regular season title all five years.

Joining DeVoss, Novotny, Shinyashiki and Stensson on the all-league first team are Denver's Graham Smith, Omaha's Xavier Gomez, Emmanuel Hamzat, Elvir Ibisevic, Seth Rinderknecht and Jacob Weiler and Western Illinois' Drew Whalen.


First Team

Scott DeVoss (D), Jr., Denver

Xavier Gomez (M), Sr., Omaha

Emmanuel Hamzat (F), Sr., Omaha

Elvir Ibisevic (F), So., Omaha

Mike Novotny (GK), Sr., Eastern Illinois

Seth Rinderknecht (D), So., Omaha

Andre Shinyashiki (F), Jr., Denver

Graham Smith (M), Sr., Denver

Jacob Stensson (M), Fr., Denver

Jacob Weiler (D), Sr., Omaha

Drew Whalen (F), Jr., Western Illinois

Second Team

Corey Cantor (M), Sr., Oral Roberts

Junior Chavez (F), Jr., Oral Roberts

Alessandro Corti (D), So., Eastern Illinois

AJ Fuller (D), Sr., Denver

Joseph Ghitis (GK), Sr., Omaha

Cole Nelson (M), Jr., Omaha

Alejandro Pacheco (D), Sr., Western Illinois

Fernando Pacheco (F), Sr., Western Illinois

Zach Tom (M), Jr., Fort Wayne

Alex Underwood (M), Sr., Denver

Oscar Uyamadu (F), Sr., Fort Wayne


All-Newcomer Team

Dante Brigida (F), Fr., Oral Roberts

Brahan Gamarra (M), Sr., Omaha

Miguel Gomez (M), Fr., Omaha

Diego Gutierrez (F), Fr., Omaha

Erik Isaksson (D), Fr., Eastern Illinois

Romain Lopez (M), Jr., Fort Wayne

Ben Marett (D), Fr., Western Illinois

Edgar Mesa (D), So., Eastern Illinois

Stevie Siy (D), Fr., Omaha

Brendan Stangel (GK), Fr., Fort Wayne

Jacob Stensson (M), Fr., Denver

Offensive Player of the Year
Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

Defensive Player of the Year
Scott DeVoss, Denver

Goalkeeper of the Year
Mike Novotny, Eastern Illinois

Newcomer of the Year
Jacob Stensson, Denver 

Coach of the Year
Jamie Franks, Denver


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