November 5, 2010

Four Men's Soccer Players Named PBC All-Conference

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has announced the 2010 men's soccer All-Conference team at a banquet in Augusta, Ga., and four North Georgia players were selected for the team.

For the third straight season Ben Chedgy has been named First-Team All-Conference, while Rade Tanaskovic was also tabbed All-Conference for the second straight, this year earning First-Team honors. Juan Hurtado and Gray Phelps were also recognized as Second-Team participants.

Defender Ben Chedgy has played and started in 17 games for the Saints in 2010. He has logged a team-high 1668 minutes, while anchoring the North Georgia defense, a squad that ranks fourth in the PBC in shutouts and fourth in goals allowed. Chedgy has a career-high four goals in a single season with one game-winning goal coming against Belmont Abbey on September 4. The senior was a Pre-Season All-Conference pick and was named Peach Belt Defender of the Week during the week of September 7.

A Peach Belt Preseason All-Conference pick, Rade Tanaskovic has played and started in 14 games for the Saints while logging 1311 minutes of action. He ranks sixth in the conference with 49 saves and seventh in the league in saves per game with 3.50. Tanaskovic has recorded six wins, while the Serbia native has also notched six shutouts to place him fourth in the Peach Belt in shutouts this season. A defending All-Conference selection and All-Region member, Tanaskovic has allowed 16 goals, giving him a 1.10 goals against average, good four fourth in the league.

Junior Gray Phelps has seen action in 17 games this season, starting in 15 contests and logging 983 minutes of action. The South Carolina native has scored five goals with three game-winning goals, two of which were against conference opponents.  Phelps is tied for ninth in the league with five goals and sits third in the Peach Belt in game-winning goals with three.

Sophomore Juan Hurtado has played in all 18 games for the Saints and started 17 contests in 2010. He has logged 1374 minutes of action, while scoring two goals and adding one assist.  Hurtado has 40 total shots and recorded a shot percentage of .050, while both of his scores were game-winners.  

For the second time in the last four years, Clayton State swept all three major awards as Ryan Pugh was named the Player of the Year, Arturo Cruz the Freshman of the Year and Pete Petersen the Coach of the Year. In all, 24 players were named to the first and second teams, the number expanded by two due to ties.

Sitting seventh in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll, the Saints are holding out on an outside chance to qualify for the program's first-ever NCAA National Tournament. The Live selection show will take place on Monday evening on

The 2010 All-Conference team is listed below as selected by the league's head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to rank their own teams.

2010 Men's Soccer All-Conference Team

First Team

Nathaniel Foster, Montevallo
Ryan Pugh, Clayton State
Brett Van Pelt, USC Aiken

Johan Bergfeld, Flagler
Matty Phillips, Clayton State
Milan Pualic, Montevallo
Joseph Toby, Flagler

Ben Chedgy, North Georgia
Igor Lukic, Clayton State
Austin McIntosh, Montevallo

Matt Gilman, Flagler
Rade Tanaskovic, North  Georgia

Second Team

Alex Blandin, Francis Marion
Aaron Brittain, Lander
Gray Phelps, North Georgia

Jamie Davison, Lander
Craig Hughes, Lander
Juan Hurtado, North Georgia

Will Frandsen, Flagler
Sam Hooke, Georgia Southwestern
Brett Neilson, Clayton State
Gary O'Neill, Montevallo

Brian Garcia, Clayton State
Brendan Ledgeway, Montevallo

Player of the Year
Ryan Pugh, Clayton State

Freshman of the Year
Arturo Cruz, Clayton State

Coach of the Year
Pete Petersen, Clayton State