Saint Mary's midfielder named AUS mem's soccer player of the year

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Conference announces award winners, including all-star teams

Saint Mary’s midfielder Derek Gaudet is the Atlantic University Sport men’s soccer player of the year.

The awards were presented during a ceremony Thursday in Charlottetown.

Gaudet tied for the league lead with seven goals and tied for the lead in game-winning markers with three. The third-year member of the Huskies recorded a team-high 23 shots on goal and was named player of the game four times.

“Derek is a very talented player who can change the outcome of a game very quickly through his outstanding skills or very quick thinking,” said Saint Mary’s head coach Stewart Galloway.

Acadia’s Andrew Snyder was named rookie of the year, Mount Allison’s Chris Vizena received the student-athlete community service award and UNB head coach Miles Pinsent took home the coach of the year honour for the second time in his career.

“For a first-year player playing in a centre back position, Andrew has been outstanding, and probably our most valuable player,” said Acadia head coach Findlay MacRae. “He has had an exceptional freshman season and plays with the confidence and ability of a more experienced player.”

Vizena serves for world health, tutors, volunteers, coaches, teaches and gives back to his community.

“With a big heart, Chris works hard through it all, and as a generous contributor he quietly provides selfless service to our team and community every day he plays, learns, and works here,” said Mounties’ soccer coach Roy Chineh.

Pinsent was selected by his peers for the coaching award.

After missing the post-season for the first time in his career in 2011, the Varsity Reds rebounded to finish first in the conference with a record of 9-3-1, including eight consecutive shutout victories to end the regular season.

“Miles has done such an outstanding job with our program,” said UNB director of athletics John Richard. “After missing the playoffs last season for the first time in his career, and getting off to a 1-3-1 start this fall; he stayed true to what he believed in and has got his student-athletes focused and believing at the right time. He is so passionate and dedicated to his student-athletes, his soccer team and our V-Reds program.”

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The following are this year’s Atlantic University Sport men’s soccer all-star teams:

First Team

Strikers:

Jimmie Mayaleh, UPEI; Jared Murphy, UPEI; Zach Shaffelburg, Acadia.

Midfielders:

Derek Gaudet, Saint Mary’s; Jason Massie, Cape Breton; Benjamin Law, UNB.

Defenders:

Kerry Weymann, Dalhousie; Max Maund, St. FX; Shawn Kodejs, Saint Mary’s; Sandro Rajkovic, Cape Breton.

Keeper:

Adam Miller, Saint Mary’s.

Second Team

Strikers:

Bezick Evraire, Dalhousie; Shayne Hollis, Cape Breton;

Midfielders:

Andrew Rigby, Cape Breton; Danny Bachar, Saint Mary’s; Jason Bessey, UNB; Randy Ribeiro, St. FX.

Defenders:

Andrew Snyder, Acadia; Philippe Goguen, Moncton; Nathan Rogers, Dalhousie; Roderick Ramsden, UNB.

Keeper:

Aaron McMurray, UNB.

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Saint Mary, Acadia, Cape Breton Moncton

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