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SEVEN SOUTHERN POLY PLAYERS RECEIVE POSTSEASON HONORS FROM SSAC

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – Seven members of the 2012 Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team recently received postseason honors from the Southern States Athletic Conference. The 12 SSAC head coaches voted to determine the award winners.

Senior forward Emeka Maduka, from Lagos, Nigeria, was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year and was named First Team All-SSAC for the fourth consecutive year. Maduka leads Southern Polytechnic in goals (15), points (34), shots (78), shots on goal (39) and game-winning goals (six) this season. Within the SSAC, he ranks first in shots, shots per game (4.88), shots on goal, shots on goal per game (2.44) and game-winning goals per game (0.38) and is tied for the lead in game-winning goals. Nationally on the NAIA level, Maduka is tied for third in game-winning goals per game, tied for fifth in game-winning goals and 10th in shots per game.

Senior goalkeeper Dennis Kramer, out of Berlin, Germany, is also a First Team All-SSAC pick. Kramer has started all 17 matches for Southern Poly and has given up just 11 goals this year. He has recorded four shutouts and combined on four others. Kramer’s goals-against average of allowing only 0.67 goals per game tops the conference and ranks him fourth nationally in the NAIA. Additionally, Kramer was once recognized as the SSAC and the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week in 2012.

Earning Second Team All-SSAC accolades and a spot on the All-Freshman Team was midfielder Adis Islamovic. The first-year player from San Diego, Calif., has started all 17 contests for the Hornets this season and is second on the team in points (18), tied for second in goals (seven) and tied for second in assists (four). He was once chosen as the SSAC Offensive Player of the Week this year.  

Joining Islamovic as a Second Team All-SSAC honoree is sophomore defender/midfielder Harry McGregor out of Edinburgh, Scotland. McGregor, who has started the past 14 games for SPSU, has anchored the defense this season while posting three assists for three points.

Another member of the All-Freshman Team is midfielder Samson Nyamunda from Harare, Zimbabwe. A solid performer in the midfield for Southern Poly, Nyamunda has made 16 starts in 2012 and tallied three assists for three points.

Gabe Warner, a junior defender out of Grovetown, Ga., garnered a place on the All-Academic Team. A biology major with a 3.65 cumulative grade-point average, Warner has started all 17 matches for the Hornets, collecting two assists for two points on the year.

Representing SPSU on the Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team is senior midfielder Andre Santos. Santos, out of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has also made 17 starts on the season and has contributed three goals and four assists for 10 points.

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