NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's soccer team cleaned up when the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference announced year-end awards on Monday morning. Senior Seiji Rose was named the 2017 CACC Player of the Year while fellow classmate Pedro Neto grabbed Defensive Player of the Year honors. Head Coach Ptah Myers, who led the Rams to the regular-season title, was tabbed as the conference's Coach of the Year.
In addition to Neto and Rose on the All-CACC First Team, junior Jason Rocha also earned a selection.
SEIJI ROSE – CACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SEIJI ROSE – ALL-CACC FIRST TEAM
Rose became the first Ram to earn the conference's Player of the Year honor since the school joined the CACC in the mid-2000s. The senior standout finished second on the team in the regular season with 18 points behind four goals and a team and career-high 10 assists. The senior started and appeared in 17 of 18 matches on the campaign and helped anchor the back unit which recorded seven shutouts. He was a four-time CACC Defensive Player of the Week and 2017. Last season in 2016, Rose was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year and followed it up this year with another major award.
PEDRO NETO – CACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PEDRO NETO – ALL-CACC FIRST TEAM
After playing the previous three seasons at Saint Francis University, Neto transferred to Jefferson for his final campaign. The Rio de Janeiro native was one of three Rams to start all 18 contests as he scored five goals to rank third on the squad. Four of his five goals came as game winners including three down the stretch of the conference schedule. Neto was twice named the CACC Player of the Week on the season. As a defensive player, the senior helped Jefferson and the back line record seven shutouts in 2017. The squad allowed just nine goals in 12 conference matches.
JASON ROCHA – ALL-CACC FIRST TEAM
Rocha finished with team-highs of eight goals and 22 points for the Rams. The junior saw action in all 18 contests, starting 17 of them. He notched his second career two-goal game in a 5-1 win at Bloomsburg on October 23. His eight goals on the campaign are the most by a Ram since 2014. The Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania native also earned a spot on the CACC Weekly Honor Roll back on October 3.
PTAH MYERS – CACC COACH OF THE YEAR
In his eighth season with the Rams, this comes as the first CACC Coach of the Year recognition for Myers. He guided the squad to a 13-4-1 overall and 10-1-1 conference mark that included the 2017 CACC regular-season title, earning the team the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. In late October, Jefferson was ranked No. 3 in the CACC East Region Rankings. The 2017 campaign also featured a nine-match stretch that saw the Rams go undefeated for the length of a month with a ranked-win at No. 22 Millersville.
2017 CACC MEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Seiji Rose (Jefferson)
2017 CACC MEN'S SOCCER ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Regsan Watkins (Bloomfield)
2017 CACC MEN'S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Pedro Neto (Jefferson)
2017 CACC MEN'S SOCCER GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Suhail Bismilla (Goldey-Beacom)
2017 CACC MEN'S SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR
Ptah Myers (Jefferson)
2017 CACC MEN'S SOCCER TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
2017 CACC MEN'S SOCCER ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
F Chahin Aghrim (Goldey-Beacom)
F Lorne Bickley (Wilmington)
F Finn Reese (Nyack)
F Regsan Watkins (Bloomfield)
M Pedro Neto (Jefferson)
M Jason Rocha (Jefferson)
M Mateus Silvestre (Goldey-Beacom)
D Declyn Brown (Goldey-Beacom)
D Matteo Moro (Post)
D Seiji Rose (Jefferson)
GK Suhail Bismilla (Goldey-Beacom)
2017 CACC MEN'S SOCCER ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
F Nicholas Calabia (Bloomfield)
F Sergio Diaz (Post)
F Abdul Mansaray (Wilmington)
M Francois Legoedec (Nyack)
M Maxi Ojeda (Felician)
M Dimitrios Topouzlis (Wilmington)
D William Baah (Bloomfield)
D Jonathan Firmino (Georgian Court)
D Elliot Johnson (Wilmington)
GK Jaime Gonzalez (Concordia)
GK Vinny Tasca (Wilmington)