3 Hilltoppers Named to All-MEC Honor Roll

3 Hilltoppers Named to All-MEC Honor Roll

   BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Three members of the West Liberty University men’s soccer squad were named to the Spring 2021 All-Mountain East Conference Team on Wednesday when the league coaches announced the results of their All-Conference balloting.

   Coach Sean Regan’s rising young program fell just short of qualifying for an MEC Tournament berth, losing out to West Virginia Wesleyan in a tiebreaker after the team had tied for fourth place with identical 4-4-0 records in the abbreviated spring slate.

   Hilltopper senior forward Josh Yeaman was a first-team All-MEC selection while senior defender Mikel Ubeda collected second-team honors. Midfielder Vitor Otsuka rounded out the WLU honor roll by earning one of the six Honorable Mention spots as a true freshman.

   Yeaman, a 6-2 senior forward from Doncaster, England, ranked among the MEC’s top five in nearly every offensive category. The MEC’s Offensive Player of the Week for the week of April 12, Yeaman led the Hilltoppers in scoring with 6 goals and 1 assist with 3 of his net-splashers going into the books as game-winners.

   Ubeda, a 6-1 senior defender from Bilbao, Spain, was a driving force behind a stingy Hilltopper back line. The MEC’s Defensive Player of the Week for the week of March 29, Ubeda scored his only goal of the season in a win at Concord and assisted on another goal in a victory against Wheeling.

   Otsuka, a 5-9 freshman midfielder from Porto Alegre, Brazil, was the team’s second-leading scorer with 3 goals and 2 assists in his first varsity season. He scored the game-winning goal at Concord and assisted on game-winners at Frostburg State and Wheeling.

   Charleston’s Christos Charalambous was the MEC Offensive Player of the Year while Notre Dame’s Antonio Bittencourt swept MEC Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year laurels. Charleston head man Danny Smee was voted MEC Coach of the Year.


Spring 2021 All-Mountain East Conference Team

        MEC Offensive Player of the Year: Christos Charalambous (Charleston)

        MEC Defensive Player of the Year: Antonio Bittencourt (Notre Dame)

        MEC Freshman of the Year: Antonio Bittencourt (Notre Dame)

        MEC Coach of the Year: Daniel Smee (Charleston)


Pos. Name                                     Cl.                                     School

GK   Marc Torrado                       Fr.                                     Charleston

D     Sam Bethell                           Sr.                                     Charleston

D     Antonio Bittencourt            Fr.                                     Notre Dame

D     Gianluca Fiorini                     Fr.                                     Davis & Elkins

D     Martin Lago                          Fr.                                     Davis & Elkins

D     Charlie Naylor                       So.                                    W.Va. Wesleyan

D     Emil Rasmussen                    Jr.                                      Charleston

M    Christos Charalambous       Jr.                                      Charleston

M    David Jara                              Jr.                                      Davis & Elkins

M    Javi Mate                               Sr.                                     Notre Dame

M    Marcus Vinicius                    Fr.                                     Notre Dame

F      Adam Burchell                      Jr.                                      Charleston

F      Gabriel Rodriguez                Sr.                                     Charleston

F      Filip Sparavec                        Fr.                                     Notre Dame

F      JOSH YEAMAN                     SR.                                    WEST LIBERTY


Pos. Name                                     Cl.                                     School

GK   Jeremy Coste                        Jr.                                      Davis & Elkins

D     Gage Adam                            So.                                    Frostburg State

D     Lucas Christensen                Fr.                                     Charleston

D     Sacha Everard                       Fr.                                     Concord

D     Melchy Jacquet                    Sr.                                     Alderson Broaddus

D     MIKEL UBEDA                       SR.                                    WEST LIBERTY

M    Hunter Dierlam                    Fr.                                     W.Va. Wesleyan

M    Melvrik Fernandes               Sr.                                     Alderson Broaddus

M    Eduardo Iranzo                     Jr.                                      Charleston

M    Alexis Ledoux                        Fr.                                     Charleston

M    Kenshiro Yamaguchi            So.                                    Davis & Elkins

F      Daniel Cerezo                       So.                                    Davis & Elkins

F      Malvin Gblah                         So.                                    Notre Dame

F      Anderson Marroquin           Jr.                                      Davis & Elkins


        GK: Diego Gomez (Alderson Broaddus)

        D: Davide Materazzi (Davis & Elkins)

        M: Connor Hartwell (W.Va. Wesleyan), VITOR OTSUKA (WEST LIBERTY), Steven van Ark (Charleston)

        F: Richard Afolayannka (Wheeling)

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