Chasteen Named Co-Player of Year.... (2018-11-06 17:36:15)

Former Watauga High goalkeeper Jake Chasteen has led the Appalachian State University men's soccer team to a No. 3 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. And he's been rightly rewarded for his efforts. That story and more can be heard by clicking on the link below....

Photo Courtesy: Jake Chasteen, App State Sports

 by Chase Colliton

NEW ORLEANS - Highlighted by Appalachian State University men's soccer goalkeeper Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watuaga) being named Co-Sun Belt Player of the Year, seven Mountaineers were named All-Sun Belt, as the league office announced postseason awards on Tuesday.

Appalachian landed the most players on the All-Sun Belt awards list, while the seven Mountaineers are the highest that have made an all-conference team since 1980 when the Black and Gold tabbed seven student-athletes on the All-SoCon squad. 

"We're so pleased to have some of our players recognized for their effort and performances this fall," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "It has been all about the team all year and making plays for each other. I am sure the guys are very appreciative of their teammates at a time like this
where they are being honored." 

Three players in ChasteenZeiko Harris (Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent) and Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany/Julius-Echter Gymnasium) were named all-first team, while Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover), Alex McGrath (County Durham, England/Durham University), Austin Hill (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance), and Camden Holbrook (Cary, N.C./Page) were tabbed as all-second team members. All seven players helped Appalachian secure its first winning season since 2012, its first winning Sun Belt record since joining the league in 2014, a third-place finish and a bye in the opening round of the Sun Belt Championship Tournament in Statesboro. All seven athletes are receiving postseason conference recognition for the first time in their respective careers. 

Along with being an all-first team selection, Chasteen is the first Mountaineer since 1989 (Carlos Lee) to earn a conference player of the year award and shares the honor with Georgia Southern's Javier Carbonell. The Blowing Rock native is well deserving of the high praise, as he proved to be the best goalkeeper in the Sun Belt. Chasteen was first in the Sun Belt in goals-against average (.715), first in save percentage (.789) and first in shutouts with seven. He is 23rd in the nation in GAA, 40th in save percentage and 17th in clean sheets. His seven shutouts are tied for the second most in a single season in program history. 

Harris and Kollmannthaler played pivotal roles on defense, allowing the league's fewest goals at 12 and posting seven shutouts. It's the most shutouts the Apps have recorded since 2011. Harris is also tied for third with a personal-high two goals, which both came in a 3-0 win at George Mason. The sophomore was named the Sun Belt's Offensive Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career. Kollmannthaler tallied his lone assist to Harris in the victory against the Patriots. 

Holbrook made a splash in his first collegiate season, scoring a team-high six goals with one assist for a team-best 13 points. The Cary, N.C., was third in goals and fourth in points, which also led all freshmen in the league. His three game-winning scores were tied for second and the most by first-year players. He is one of two players and the only freshman in the conference to net a hat-trick, coming in a 3-2 win in the season opener at Jacksonville. His four goals and one assist through two contests that weekend led to a Sun Belt Offensive Athlete of the Week award and garnered national recognition with the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week honor. 

Having his best season in a Black and Gold uniform, Bennett is tied for second on the team with personal highs in goals (3) and assists (2), equaling a career-best eight points. The Wilmington, N.C., native is the only player on the team to register multiple goals and assists. Bennett is tied for ninth in the Sun Belt in goals and 10th in points. Earlier this season, he tallied scores in back-to-back contests while against Belmont, he notched his first-career game with one goal and one assist. 

Hill is also having his best season as a Mountaineer with two goals, one assist and five points, which is fourth on the team. One of the goals for Hill was the biggest of his collegiate career, as it tied up the match against then-No. 22 Coastal Carolina while trailing 1-0. App defeated 
CCU, 2-1, for its first win over a ranked opponent since 2009. 

Appalachian will face No. 2 seed Georgia Southern on Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN+ for a trip to its first conference tournament championship match since the SoCon Tournament in 2000. 

All-Sun Belt First Team
Yazeed Matthews, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Jr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Javier Carbonell, Georgia Southern (Sr., MF/F, Madrid, Spain)
Aris Briggs, Georgia State (So., F, Memphis, Tenn.)
Henrik Mueller, Coastal Carolina (Sr., MF/D, Potsdam, Germany)
Jeranimo Power, Coastal Carolina (Jr., MF, De Ar, South Africa)
Max Hemmings, Georgia State (Sr., MF, Wokingham, England)
Joel Cunningham, Howard (Sr., MF, Spanish Town, Jamaica)
Zeiko Harris, Appalachian State (So., D, Sandys Parish, Bermuda)
Felix Kollmannthaler, Appalachian State (Sr., D, Frankfurt, Germany)
Kervin Fadel, Coastal Carolina (Sr., D, San Jose, Costa Rica)
Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Jr., D, Havant, England)
Jake Chasteen, Appalachian State (Sr., GK, Blowing Rock, N.C.)
Paul Tyson, Georgia State (Jr., GK, Liverpool, England)

All-Sun Belt Second Team
Camden Holbrook, Appalachian State (Fr., F, Cary, N.C.)
Tyrone Mondi, Coastal Carolina (So., F, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
Victor Guirma, Howard (Sr., F, New Platz, N.Y.)
Ian Bennett, Appalachian State (Sr., MF, Wilmington, N.C.)
Austin Hill, Appalachian State (Jr., MF/F, Graham, N.C.)
Alex McGrath, Appalachian State (Fr., MF, County Durham, England)
Samuel Mayer, Georgia Southern (Fr., MF, Stuttgart, Germany)
Gonzalo Talavera, Georgia Southern  (So., D, Madrid, Spain)
Liam Fitzsimmons, Georgia State (Sr., D, Liverpool, England)
George Proctor, Georgia State (So., D, Leeds, England)
Carlos Caro, Howard (Jr., GK, Silver Spring, Md.)
Sun Belt Co-Players of the Year
Jake Chasteen, Appalachian State (Sr., GK, Blowing Rock, N.C.)
Javier Carbonell, Georgia Southern (Sr., MF/F, Madrid, Spain)
Sun Belt Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Yazeed Matthews, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Javier Carbonell, Georgia Southern (Sr., MF/F, Madrid, Spain)

Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year
Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Jr., D, Havant, England)
Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
Logan Luque, Georgia State (Fr., MF, Bonaire, Ga.) 
Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year
Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Jr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Sun Belt Coach of the Year
Brett Surrency, Georgia State