Four men’s soccer players named to NSCAA All-Region teams

Published 2:08 pm Tuesday, December 4, 2012


KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – Four members of the University of Montevallo men’s soccer team were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region teams, which were announced Dec. 4.

Junior goalkeeper Brendan Ledgeway and freshman forward Pierre Omanga were each selected first team All-Southeast Region, while senior midfielder Shane Howard and junior defender Gary O’Neill were each named second team All-Southeast Region.

The honor marks the second NSCAA postseason honor in Ledgeway’s career after his second team All-Southeast Region selection by the organization following his sophomore season, while it is the first NSCAA honor for Omanga, Howard and O’Neill.

Ledgeway was also named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, first team All-Peach Belt Conference, first team Daktronics All-Southeast Region and Daktronics All-America honorable mention in addition to his first team NSCAA All-Southeast Region selection.

The York, England native capped a spectacular junior season with a 0.65 goals against average, which led the Peach Belt Conference and ranked ninth nationally among NCAA Division II goalkeepers. Ledgeway’s 0.65 goals against average is the second-lowest average posted in a single season in the Montevallo men’s soccer program’s history.

Ledgeway also led the conference with 10 shutouts, which left him one shy of equaling his school record 11 shutouts during the 2011 season. Ledgeway helped the Falcons post a 0.55 shutout percentage, which ranked No. 8 nationally in NCAA Division II.

Ledgeway allowed just 13 goals, the third fewest allowed in a single season in school history, in more than 1,800 minutes played. Ledgeway’s junior season included a 403-minute streak without allowing a goal, which is the fourth longest streak in school history.

Ledgeway finished second in the Peach Belt Conference with a .817 save percentage, which also ranked him No. 20 nationally among NCAA Division II goalkeepers.

Omanga earned his third postseason honor after also being named first team All-Peach Belt Conference and first team Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region.

Omanga, a Paris, France native, was named first team All-Peach Belt Conference after finishing in a two-way tie with Niall McCabe of Young Harris College as the leading goal scorers in the conference with 15 goals this season.

Omanga also netted five game-winning goals during his first season of collegiate soccer. He finished second in the conference with 32 total points this season.

O’Neill, a Dublin, Ireland, native, was also selected first team All-Peach Belt Conference and first team Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region after helping the Falcons post 11 shutouts this season. O’Neill played a key role in helping Montevallo post four consecutive shutouts from Sept. 11-Sept. 26.

Howard, a County Carlow, Ireland native, was also named first team All-Peach Belt Conference. Howard finished tied for second on the team with five goals during his senior season. Howard, who has assisted on two other goals, is also second on the team with 12 total points.

The quartet helped Montevallo (13-5-2) capture its second Peach Belt Conference tournament championship in three years and helped the Falcons advance to the NCAA Division II men’s soccer tournament for the third consecutive season.