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November 9, 2018 at 6:47 am #73857
Senior midfielder Joey Piatczyc and coach Marlon LeBlanc of the No. 12 West Virginia University men’s soccer team have been named the Player and Coach of the Year by the Mid-American Conference.
Piatczyc is the second Mountaineer to be voted the MAC Player of the Year, while it is his second yearly honor by the league after he was named the Freshman of the Year in 2014. Piatczyc joins Andy Bevin (2014) as WVU’s MAC Player of the Year award winners.
LeBlanc earned his second Gary V. Palmisano MAC Coach of the Year accolade and third in his 13-year tenure at WVU. He also was named the MAC Coach of the Year in 2014 and the Big East Coach of the Year in 2006. LeBlanc joins Paul Marco (1999, Big East) as the only Mountaineer head coaches to be recognized with conference coach of the year honors.
Additionally, Piatczyc and sophomore goalkeeper Steven Tekesky were named to the All-MAC First Team, and junior defenders Albert Andres-Llop, Pascal Derwaritsch and Ryan Kellogg and junior midfielder Andres Muriel Albino were recognized on the All-MAC Second Team.
“Congratulations to Joey, Steven, Albert, Pascal, Ryan and Andres for this well-deserved recognition,” LeBlanc said. “Everyone on our team has played an important role in our success this year, but I am happy to see the accomplishments of these six recognized. Joey has had a fantastic senior season and proven to be one of the best players in the country, and the player of the year award is well deserved.”
West Virginia’s six All-MAC Team accolades are tied for its most since joining the league in 2012, while WVU is recognized with two first-team honors for the fourth time.
LeBlanc guided the Mountaineers to a MAC regular-season championship in 2018 with a 13-5-0 record and a perfect 5-0-0 mark in league play. West Virginia hosts this weekend’s MAC Championship as the No. 1 seed and opens postseason play
Friday vs. No. 4-seed Akron, at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Piatczyc is having a record-breaking senior season. The Lee’s Summit, Missouri, native ranks No. 9 nationally with five game-winning goals and No. 20 with 8 total assists, while he is second in the MAC with 22 points. In league play, Piatczyc paces the conference with 11 points and two game-winning goals and is second with four goals, 15 shots and eight shots on goal.
Piatczyc’s 33 career assists, five multi-assist matches and 0.49 assists per match are all program records, and he is No. 2 all-time with 11 game-winning assists and No. 6 with 21 game-winning points. On the season, Piatczyc’s 0.53 assists per game rank No. 5 all-time, his 10 game-winning points are tied for No. 6 and his eight assists are tied for No. 9 in program history.
Additionally, he is the third player in MAC history to earn five Player of the Week accolades in a single season.
Tekesky has started all 18 matches in goal for the Mountaineers. He is No 28 nationally with a 1.166 goals-against average (GAA) and No. 30 in the NCAA with 68 saves He paces the MAC with a .764 save percentage and 3.78 saves per game and is second with a 1.17 goals-against average and five shutouts. The sophomore has added two assists on the year
Tekesky’s 13 wins are tied for third-most in a single season in team history, while his 16 career victories rank No. 7 all-time. His 1.10 career GAA ranks No. 6 all-time and his eight shutouts and .741 save percentage both are No. 9 in WVU’s career record book.
Andres-Llop ranks No. 5 in the MAC with six assists on the year. In conference play, he is tied for No. 3 with three assists and is No. 6 with five points. Andres-Llop has played in all 18 matches with 17 starts and has one goal and eight points.
Derwaritsch is tied for third in the conference with three game-winning goals, is tied for seventh with six goals and is 10th with 13 points. In MAC play, he is tied for No. 6 with five points and two goals. Derwaritsch has started all 18 matches and is third on the team with 1,613 minutes played.
Kellogg is fourth on the team with four goals and 10 points and third with three game-winning goals, while he has added two assists. He has played in 17 matches with 13 starts.
Muriel Albino is fourth in the league with 41 shots and 24 shots on goal, while he is tied for No. 9 with five goals. In MAC action, he paces the conference with five goals and 11 shots on goal, ranks No. 2 overall with 10 points, just behind Piatczyc, and is third with 14 shots.
The Mountaineers will host the Mid-American Conference Championship at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this weekend. Semifinals will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. ET, and 5:30 p.m.,
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