Eight Blazers Earn All-Conference Honors

Senior defender Mladenz was named to All-C-USA First Team.

Nov. 6, 2012

BIRMIGNHAM, Ala.--Eight members of the 2012 UAB men's soccer squad were named to the league all-conference teams, the Conference USA office announced Tuesday.

As voted by the conference's nine head coaches, senior defender Mladen Lemez led the Blazers with a selection to the All-Conference USA First Team. Lemez, a native of Belgrade, Serbia, has scored six goals this season, and is second on the team in points with 12. This is Lemez's second all-conference honor.

Senior forward Kofi Gywau, sophomore defender Darion Copeland, and senior defender Reed Matte were all selected to the All-C-USA Second Team. Gyawu leads the Blazers in goals scored with six throughout the season, and a team-high 17 points. This is Gyawu's third all conference honor.

Copeland has recorded a start in all 17 appearances this season, and has logged nearly 1,500 minutes on the field, while Matte tallied 21 shot attempts during the season for fourth-most on the squad. This is the second time Copeland and Matte have been named to an all-conference team.

Junior midfielders Chase Wickham and Fatai Alabi were selected to the All-C-USA Third Team. Wickham has recorded a start in all 17 appearances, and logged a game-winning goal in the 2-0 win over Washington at the UAB "Soccer For a Cure" Classic. Alabi has recorded 14 starts in 15 appearances this season, and was credited with an assist in the 4-3 win over South Carolina (Oct. 10).

Freshman forwards Karl Chester and Ian Svantesson were selected to the 2012 All-Freshman team. Chester sits in second on the squad in shot attempts with 26, and recorded two game-winning goals this season, including one during the crucial, 2-1, home victory against Marshall on Oct. 20. Svantesson has recorded three assists on the season, and scored the game-winning goal in the season opener against Mercer (Aug. 24).

UAB and SMU led the conference with eight selections apiece.

The eight Blazers earning postseason accolades is the second-most individual postseason conference awards in a single season in program history. The record is nine individual awards, which was set in 2001.

UAB has earned the No. 6 overall seed at the Conference USA Championship, and will face No. 3-seed UCF Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Conference USA All-Conference Teams
First Team
GK Daniel Withrow, Marshall
GK Jaime Ibarra, SMU
F Mark Sherrod, Memphis
F Cristian Mata, Tulsa
F Deshorn Brown, UCF
M Matt Lodge, Kentucky
M Liam Collins, Memphis
M Omar Mata, Tulsa
D Steven Perinovic, Kentucky
D Mladen Lemez, UAB
D Andrew Quintana, UCF

Second Team
GK Jack Van Arsdale, Kentucky
F Quentin Albrecht, FIU
F Tom Jackson, Marshall
F Tyler Engel, SMU
F Bradlee Baladez, South Carolina
F Kofi Gyawu, UAB
M Cameron Wilder, Kentucky
M T.J. Nelson, SMU
M Braeden Troyer, South Carolina
D Damien Rosales, SMU
D Aaron Simmons, SMU
D Darion Copeland, UAB
D Reed Matte, UAB
D Ben Hunt, UCF

Third Team
GK Mark Pais, Tulsa
F Tyler Riggs, Kentucky
M Daniel Gonzalez, FIU
M Devin Perkins, Marshall
M Andrew Morales, SMU
M Chase Wickham, UAB
M Fatai Alabi, UAB
M Omar Vallejo, UCF
D Joseph Dawkins, FIU
D Anthony Hobbs, FIU
D Dylan Asher, Kentucky
D Jordan Johnson, Memphis
D Mike Mangotic, South Carolina
D Tony Rocha, Tulsa

GK Robin Spiegel, FIU
F Cristian Mata, Tulsa
F Bryce Follensbee, Tulsa
F Karl Chester, UAB
F Ian Svantesson, UAB
M Daniel Gonzalez, FIU
M Quincy Thomas, Memphis
M John Lujano, SMU
D Jacob Speed, Kentucky
D Jack Hopkins, Marshall
D Michael King, SMU
D Bradley Bourgeois, Tulsa