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Four Wildcats Earn All-conference USA Honors

c usa 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (11/12/13)- Kentucky men’s soccer standouts Brad Doliner, Callum Irving, Napo Matsoso and Steven Perinovic earned All-Conference USA accolades in a voting of the league coaches, it was announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning.
 
Irving, UK’s sophomore goalkeeper, earned the first-team accolade among the loop netminders, marking the second first-team All-Conference USA goalkeeper in program history and the first since Andy Gruenebaum in 2005. Doliner, a senior midfielder, and Perinovic, a senior center back, earned second-team All-Conference USA, with midfielder Napo Matsoso voted to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
 
A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Irving has started 14 games in 2013 in goal, owning a 1.18 goals-against average with 39 saves and five shutouts. While guiding a youthful backline that typically starts three freshmen, Irving has posted the 12th best goals-against average and the 11th most shutouts in single-season program history. Already in his career, Irving ranks eighth in school annals in goals-against average (1.30).
 
Doliner, a native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is in his fifth year with the Wildcats. During his breakout senior season, Doliner has netted his first five career goals, adding one assist, playing in 16 games. He has gone a perfect 3-for-3 on penalty kick attempts on the year and has fired 35 shots. Doliner has been a versatile workhorse for the UK lineup in 2013, seeing starts at center back, outside back, holding midfield, outside midfield and forward.
 
Matsoso, born in Lesotho, and a product of St. Francis High School in Louisville, Ky., earned C-USA All-Freshman Team honors after starting all 18 games in the midfield or at forward. He owns one goal and four assists, firing 29 shots.
 
Perinovic, a native of Delafield, Wis., has played in 77 games in his career, the 10th-most in program history. UK’s senior co-captain at center back, Perinovic is honored on the All-Conference USA Team for the second consecutive season, earning first-team accolades in 2012. Perinovic has two goals and two assists in his career, including one goal as a senior. As a weapon in the air with great instincts, athleticism and timing, Perinovic necessitated a new statistical category in 2013, winning 77-percent (138-of-180) of his contested header attempts.
 
Kentucky returns to action on Wednesday in the first round of the C-USA Tournament, hosted by Charlotte, facing off with No. 2 seed Old Dominion at 5:30 p.m. ET at Transamerica Field.
 
Most Valuable Player
Kyle Venter, New Mexico
 
Defensive Player of the Year
Kyle Venter, New Mexico
 
Offensive Player of the Year
Tim Hopkinson, Old Dominion
 
Golden Boot Award
Alex Clay, UAB
Kyle Parker, Charlotte
 
Freshman of the Year
Christopher Wehan, New Mexico
 
Coach of the Year
Jeremy Fishbein, New Mexico
 
All-Conference USA First Team
F: Guiseppe Gentile, Charlotte
F: Tim Hokinson, Old Dominion
F: Cristian Mata, Tulsa
F: Freddy Ruiz, UAB
MF: Aidan Kirkbride, Charlotte
MF: Ben McKendry, New Mexico
MF: Michael Calderon, New Mexico
MF: Omar Mata, Tulsa
D: Kyle Venter, New Mexico
D: Jason Gaylord, Old Dominion
D: Mahamoudou Kaba, South Carolina
GK: Callum Irving, Kentucky
 
All-Conference USA Second Team
F: Quentin Albrecht, FIU
F: Diego Navarette, UAB
MF: Gonzalo Frechilla, FIU
MF: Brad Doliner, Kentucky
MF: Akiel Barrett, Tulsa
MF: Alex Clay, UAB
D: Thomas Allen, Charlotte
D: Steven Perinovic, Kentucky
D: Mathew Gibbons, New Mexico
D: Braeden Troyer, South Carolina
GK: Sean Stowe, Old Dominion
 
All-Conference USA Third Team
F: Kyle Parker, Charlotte
F: Ryan Price, Florida Atlantic
F: James Rogers, New Mexico
MF: Zach Hunter, Marshall
MF: Michael Kafari, New Mexico
MF: Tony Rocha, Tulsa
D: Travis Brent, Marshall
D: Bradley Bourgeois, Tulsa
D: Darion Copeland, UAB
GK: Michael Lisch, New Mexico
GK: Rafael Ville, UAB
 
Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Brandt Bronico, MF, Charlotte
Luke Waechter, D, Charlotte
Marvin Hezel, MF, FIU
Napo Matsoso, MF, Kentucky
Christopher Wehan, MF, New Mexico
Niko Hansen, F, New Mexico
Jesse Miralrio, F, Old Dominion
Cole Stringer, MF, Old Dominion
Kurtis Turner, MF, South Carolina
Marco Velez, GK, South Carolina
Quinton Duncan, D, Tulsa
Jake McGuire, GK, Tulsa
Rami Dajani, F, UAB

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