David Clemente is C-USA's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year

Nov. 14, 2000

Clemente is joined on the league's first team all-conference team by senior defender Rumbani Munthali. Roberto Najarro and Houston Smith were both named third team All-C-USA. Marin Pusek was named to the all-freshman team.

The Blazers, 14-4-2, will play Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Friday at 9 p.m. CST, in Seattle, Wash.

Clemente, from Brompton, Ontario, Canada is on pace to set UAB's season and career average for goals against. His season average is 1.03 goals against. That is the lowest of all C-USA goalkeepers who have played in at least 10 matches. Clemente has a career average of 1.24.

This season Clemente recorded four solo shutouts and one shared shutout. For his career he has 17 solo shutouts and has taken part in 23 total shutouts. This season Clemente has 75 saves.

Munthali, from Etobicoke, Ontario, earned first-team all-league honors for the second straight year. The league has honored him each year at UAB. He won freshman of the year his first year and was second team all-league as a sophomore. He and Clemente are two of the main reasons the Blazers allowed just 1.1 goals against and allowed just 9.6 shots against per match.

Smith and Najarro are both senior midfielders. Smith is from Mountain Brook and Najarro from Marerro, La. Smith scored one goal and had three assists. Najarro scored two goals and dished out four assists.

Pusek, from Brampton, Ontario, played in 18 of the team's 20 games as a freshman. He scored one goal and had an assist.

Saint Louis took two of the league's top awards. Sophomore forward Jack Jewsbury was named Player of the Year and Brad Davis, Freshman of the Year. Memphis head coach Richie Grant is the league's Coach of the Year.CONFERENCE USA MEN'S SOCCER AWARDS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jack Jewsbury, Saint Louis

COACH OF THE YEAR Richie Grant, Memphis


FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Brad Davis, Saint Louis

FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Sean Fraser, F, Memphis Jack Jewsbury, F, Saint Louis Myron Vaughn, F, Cincinnati Brad Davis, MF, Saint Louis Shawn Faria, MF, Louisville Sean Reti, MF, Marquette Ryan Schreck, MF, Cincinnati Adrian Cann, D, Louisville Joe Hammes, D, Saint Louis Rumbani Munthali, D, UAB David Clemente, GK, UAB

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Greg Krauss, F, South Florida Marshall Morehead, F, Marquette C.J. Robinson, F, Charlotte Mike Hill, MF, Saint Louis Stuart Langrish, MF, Louisville David McGill, MF, Charlotte Justin Stralka, MF, Memphis Jason Cole, D, Saint Louis Jamal Frazier, D, Cincinnati Stephen Lewis, D, Memphis John Politis, GK, Saint Louis

THIRD TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Shane Hudson, F, DePaul Juan Munoz-Airey, F, Charlotte Lars Thorstensen, F, Memphis Andy Hunter, MF, Marquette Roberto Najarro, MF, UAB Houston Smith, MF, UAB David Pedreschi, MF, Charlotte Marty Tappel, MF, Saint Louis Sean Carew, D, Charlotte Steve Lawrence, D, Marquette Ntando Tsambo, D, Charlotte Jeremy Morales, GK, Louisville

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM Travis Brown, MF, DePaul Adrian Cann, D, Louisville Brad Davis, MF, Saint Louis Joe Lampert, MF, Charlotte David McGill, MF, Charlotte Sacha Nathu, GK, Cincinnati Andy Pusateri, MF, Saint Louis Marin Pusek, F, UAB Nathan Stevens, F, Louisville Clark Talley, GK, Memphis Andy Wagner, B/MF, Marquette