Jorgensen, six Scots honored with USA South All-Conference awards

Jorgensen, six Scots honored with USA South All-Conference awards

The USA South Athletic Conference released the 2018 Men's Soccer All-Conference awards on Wednesday morning, as Maryville College's Ryan Jorgensen came away as the USA South Goalkeeper of the Year.

The Scots placed a total of six player on the coveted All-Conference list as the Western Division Regular Season Champions.

Jorgensen – a senior keeper for Maryville College – has an .817 save percentage and is tied for the top spot in the USA South with 12 total wins. Jorgensen has also added five shutouts this fall.

"It's so deserving," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "There's been some good keepers in this conference. If people are picking teams across the conference – all 13 coaches – I don't know if you would not start picking with Ryan. That's just the nature of the position, and that's with all the players. The nature of the position and how dominant he has been able to be is incredible."

In USA South-only contests, Jorgensen compiled a League-best ten wins and a 0.71 goals against average.

He earns First Team All-Conference honors as a goalkeeper for the third-consecutive season to go along with three USA South Defensive Player of the Week accolades this fall.

Jorgensen is just the second Scots on the men's side of competition to earn an individual award, as he joins 2016 USA South Player of the Year Caleb Lucas.

Also on the USA South First Team All-Conference list was MC's Nate Long and Chris Fernandez.

Long earns the honor as a defender, while the Scots' defense led the league. The Scots allowed just 0.67 goals allowed per match this season, as they posted eight total shutouts.

"It's a credit to that group of defenders," Fernandez said. "All of them have been All-Conference players in my mind. Nate is not only a great defender, but he's who we count on to start out attack out of the back. He's just been a class player for us for four years now."

Long has a trio of goals and two assists on the year, as the senior has gone 2-of-2 on penalty kick attempts. He's also recorded a game-winner in his final season in the Orange and Garnet.

Fernandez earns First-Team honors as a midfielder this season, also playing a key role in the Scots' defensive attack.

"It's pretty special as a dad, to see that as a dad first," Fernandez said. "Also, to see Chris' work rate, he's going to be the fittest person on the team. He's the engine on the team. He's never been the goal scorer, but everybody that watches us knows that he provides a bunch of running and work. He's a ball winner, and he takes care of the ball in the middle of the field. You've got to have the Randy Reichenbergers and those kids that can put the ball in the net, but you also have to have people that can run nine to 10 miles in a game and still be able to play with some skill."

The junior tallied four assists during the regular season, as he ranks tied with Bralen Clouse for the most on the MC squad.

Joining the trio of First-Team honorees is Randy Reichenberger and Gavin Dougherty on the Second Team squad. Austin Vinyard was a Third-Team member of the USA South All-Conference list as a forward.

Reichenberger has seven goals and three assists on the year, as the forward leads Maryville College with 17 total points. He has a team-high four game-winning goals on the year with a pair of Golden Goals.

Dougherty earns Second-Team honors as a defender, as he helped the Scots to their eight shutout totally. On the year, he helped MC to allow just eight goals in conference play – a mark that leads the USA South.

Vinyard led Maryville in the regular season with seven goals to tally Third-Team accolades. The sophomore also recorded the ninth-fastest hat trick in NCAA history on the season.

This collective group led Maryville to back-to-back-to-back regular season crowns within the USA South the last three seasons.

"If you look at this group's record over the years, it's crazy how consistent it has been and how they've managed to win with different styles," Fernandez said. "We thought we were one of the best offensive teams in the country three years ago, and our stats showed it. Then, we've become a very stingy defensive team. I think winning in different ways is something that has impressed me about this group. Then, you look at the group that is All-Conference – their work ethic and the things they do on and off the field – they are all great students. They all love Maryville College and stay involved here. I couldn't be prouder of them. They have some great teammates around them. When you have a team like ours, you could argue for a lot of people to be on there. This group that made it is very deserving, and they're a group that should be proud of themselves."

Ian Schomer was named to the USA South's All-Sportsmanship squad during his senior season.

Also on the USA South individual list was Greensboro College's Jordy Briceno who took home Player of the Year accolades. William Peace University's Ivan Ponce and Ryan Huber were named Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year, as Jorgensen finished out the individual accolades.

Maryville College will look next to the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals on Friday night. MC hosts the remainder of the tournament, as they face N.C. Wesleyan College on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.