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COLLEGE: Coastal Carolina's Joseph Ngwenya tops Soccer America's MVPs
January 12th, 2004 1:16PM



2003 Soccer America's Men's Player of the Year

Joseph Ngwenya (Coastal Carolina)
The Zimbabwean striker put the Conway, S.C. school of 5,900 on college soccer's map by leading the nation in goals for second straight year. Amassed 21 goals and 14 assists in 22 games for the Chanticleers (20-3-0). Had 37 points in 12 non-league games, including 11 in three NCAA Tournament games.

Men's Coach of the Year

Jerry Yeagley (Indiana)
In his final season, Yeagley won perhaps the most unlikely of his six national titles. The Hoosiers -- whose underclassmen outnumbered its upperclassmen three to one -- recovered from a 2-3-4 start to win 15 straight games.

2003 Soccer America's Men's MVPs

Player (team) year pos.

Ryan Cochrane (Santa Clara) Jr. D
His shrewd positioning and sturdy tackles helped Broncos earn 11 shutouts en route to their ninth WCC title and a College Cup berth.

Ned Grabavoy (Indiana) Jr. F
Spearheaded Hoosiers' turnaround with 11 goals, 11 assists. His free kick opened the scoring in national final.

Leo Griffin (UCLA) Sr. D
Cool, calm customer snuffed out attacks for nation's No. 2 team defense (0.52 GAA) and helped Bruins dominate possession.

William Hesmer (Wake Forest) Sr. G
Set program records in career shutouts and goals-against average, but missed the Demon Deacons two playoff losses due to injury.

Vedad Ibisevic (St. Louis) Fr. F
Broke Brian McBride's program record for goals by a freshman by scoring 18, including nine in the postseason.

Trevor McEachron (ODU) Jr. D
Monarchs were 14-2 with him at sweeper, including 11 shutouts, lost him to a knee injury and went out 1-2-1.

Joseph Ngwenya (Coastal Carolina) Sr. F
Speed, power, vision and moxie blended to produce 2.55 points a game. Factored in 48.6 percent of Chanticleers' goals.

Sumed Ibrahim (Maryland) Sr. M
Seven goals, seven assists show his versatility, but perhaps not his value. Whenever he was on top of his game, Maryland won.

Danny O'Rourke (Indiana) Jr. M
Led his defense from in front of an all-new back three; helped Hoosiers keep rolling during NCAAs despite absence of two starters.

Matt Taylor (UCLA) Sr. F
Buzzing like a gnat around opponents' penalty areas, he had six game-winners among his 14 goals and added eight assists.

Chris Wingert (St. John's) Sr. D
NSCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year captained the Red Storm to the Big East regular season crown and the College Cup.

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