After the best season in Central Arkansas men’s soccer’s Division I history, the Bears had six players named All-Missouri Valley Conference, a number which ties for the second-most in the league.
Sophomore Niklas Brodacki was named the MVC Player of the Year and, for the second-straight season, the Offensive Player of the Year, while senior Pepe San Roman, juniors Donald Benamna, Chris Holmes of Conway, and Daltyn Knutson, and sophomore Marc Olsen all earned All-Missouri Valley honors. Head coach Ross Duncan and his staff were also named the Valley’s Coaching Staff of the Year.
“If you look at the numbers, six guys is heavy for one team to have,” said UCA head coach Ross Duncan. “But I think it’s justified; some of the guys that got on there are some of the top guys in the conference. Certainly from a talent standpoint, but also from a team impact standpoint.”
Brodacki, who was also named to the All-MVC First Team, used his sophomore season to build upon one of the most successful campaigns in MVC history, leading the conference and ranking second nationally with 15 goals and tying for third in the league with five assists for a total of 35 points, a mark which is tied for the fourth-best in the NCAA.
Joining Brodacki on the All-Missouri Valley First Team is San Roman, who turned in the best season of his career during his senior year. Bemanma, who spent his first season establishing himself as a serious attacking threat, earned All-MVC Second Team honors.Holmes also earned All-MVC Second Team honors after finishing third on the team with eight points. He is the only UCA player to record multiple assists in a game this season.
Knutson and Olsen earned honorable mention honors.
Duncan, along with assistants Mitch McKay, Jordan Bates, and Nick Doyle, were named the Missouri Valley Coaching Staff of the Year after helping to guide the Bears to their best season since moving to Division I in 2006.