Feb. 28, 2001
UAB goalkeeper David Clemente was named Most Valuable player at the UAB Soccer Awards Banquet this week.
Clemente, was the defensive player of the year in Conference USA, was named first team All-C-USA and participated in the Umbro Select All-Star Game. He set the single season and career record for goals against average. Clemente allowed just 0.97 goals against this season and had an average of 1.16 for his career. The Toronto Lynx of the A-League drafted Clemente.
Other awards given were the Coaches' Award which went to All-American defender Rumbani Munthali and Houston Smith.
Munthali, a senior from Etobicoke, Ontario, was named to three different All-American squads this year. He was first team All-Conference USA and participated in the Umbro Select All-Star game. He was drafted by the Montreal Impact of the A-League.
Smith, a senior from Mountain Brook, Ala., was third team All-Conference USA. He started every game as a senior.
Lane Knight, who led the team with seven goals, was chosen as the most improved player. Knight, a senior from Dothan, Ala., was scored five goals in the last seven matches. He had three game-winning goals in overtime. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) selected him as one of its Scholar All-Americans.
The UAB soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and finished with a 14-5-2 record. The Blazers were ranked number 19 in the final NSCAA poll.