Butler Captures Top Horizon League Men’s Soccer Honors

Butler Captures Top Horizon League Men’s Soccer Honors

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler senior Ben Sippola was named Player of the Year, junior Matt Hedges was chosen Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Kelly Findley was selected Coach of the Year on the 2010 Horizon League Men’s Soccer All-League Team, released on Monday, Nov. 8.  The league-champion Bulldogs had eight total players honored on the All-League team.

Sippola, who leads the unbeaten Bulldogs (15-0-2) in scoring, also was chosen both Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-League in the voting by league coaches.  He currently leads the league in assists (9), while ranking second in total points (23).  The Butler midfielder ranks ninth in the NCAA Division I in total assists and 11th in assists per game (0.53).  He’s scored a career-best seven goals.

Hedges was named Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-League for the second consecutive season.  The Butler defender helped the Bulldogs lead the league and rank fourth in the nation in goals against average (0.45).  The Bulldogs lead the league in fewest goals allowed (8) and shutouts (8).  Hedges also contributed four game-winning goals in 2010.

Findley was chosen Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.  He led the Bulldogs to their first unbeaten regular season record, a second consecutive Horizon League regular season championship and a #6 ranking in the NSCAA national poll, Butler’s highest ranking ever!  Over the past two seasons, Findley has guided Butler to a 29-3-4 record.

Named second team All-League from Butler were senior midfielder Kyle Pateros, senior defender Conner Burt, senior goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler and freshman midfielder Adekunle Oluyedun.  Burt and Knopfler each earned second team honors for the second straight year, while Pateros was named second team for the second time in three years.  Knopfler currently leads the league in goals against average (0.48) and shutouts (8).

Oluyedun, Butler’s second-leading scorer with five goals and four assists, also earned a spot on the league’s All-Newcomer squad, where he was joined by teammates Austin Oldham and Jordan Burt.  Oldham stands fifth on the team in scoring with four goals and two assists, while Jordan Burt has added a goal and an assist.

Cleveland State goalkeeper Brad Stuver was named the 2010 Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year, while Detroit forward Ya Ya Toure was picked as league Newcomer of the Year.

Butler will host the semifinals and finals of the 2010 Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship, beginning on Friday, Nov. 12, at noon.  Butler will play the second match on Friday, starting at 2:30 p.m.  The league championship match is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m.

First Team All-Horizon League
Ben Sippola, M, Butler
JC Banks, M, Green Bay
Matt Hedges, D, Butler
Tony Walls, M, Green Bay
Willie Kos, M, Loyola
Robert Younger, D, UIC
Greg Rosenthal, D/M, Milwaukee
Audric Kilroy, D, Cleveland State
Ya Ya Toure, F, Detroit
Andrew Weidabach, F/M, Milwaukee
Brad Stuver, GK, Cleveland State

Second Team All-Horizon League
Stefan Antonijevic, M, Valparaiso
David Prochazka, D, Green Bay
Kyle Pateros, M, Butler
Manuel Conde, M, Cleveland State
Conner Burt, D, Butler
Adekunle Oluyedun, M, Butler
Adrian Ortiz, M, Valparaiso
Scott Raymonds, M, Green Bay
Andrew Weis, M, Loyola
Jeff Baker, D, Cleveland State
Fabian Knopfler, GK, Butler

Horizon League All-Newcomer Team
Ya Ya Toure, F, Detroit
Adekunle Oluyedun, M, Butler
Manual Conde, M, Cleveland State
Aslinn Rodas, M, Cleveland State
Sam Krenzien, F, Green Bay
Robbie Boyd, F/M, Milwaukee
James Howe, M, Loyola
Jordan Burt, M, Butler
Austin Oldham, F, Butler
David Bernhardsson, F, Green Bay
Guy Shabtay, F, Valparaiso

Player of the Year:  Ben Sippola, Butler
Offensive Player of the Year:  Ben Sippola, Butler
Defensive Player of the Year:  Matt Hedges, Butler
Goalkeeper of the Year:  Brad Stuver, Cleveland State
Newcomer of the Year:  Ya Ya Toure, Detroit
Coach of the Year:  Kelly Findley, Butler