It has been a banner year for the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s soccer team, with its third consecutive Penn State University Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the national tournament. More accolades came the team’s way as the PSUAC announced the recipients of its All-Conference honors this week.
Junior Chris Brennan (New Hope) was named Player of the Year and head coach Enrique Castillo was named Coach of the Year, while three Wildcats – Brennan, senior Ben Shade (Fleetwood) and junior Phil Bair (Harrisburg) – were named to First Team, All-Conference. The awards are voted on by each member school of the PSUAC and are based on performance throughout the season.
Brennan has been the leading scorer for Penn College this season with 15 goals, a figure even more impressive considering he missed part of the season due to injury. This is his first time earning the honor of Player of the Year. As a rookie, he was named Newcomer of the Year in 2010.
This is Castillo’s third time being named Coach of the Year. He has led the team to six PSUAC titles and so far has amassed an impressive 102 wins.
This is Shade’s second time as an all-conference selection and Bair’s first. Shade has notched 19 points this season with eight goals, which include three game-winners, and three assists. Bair has been the keystone of the defense helping the team to a .87 goals against average and also notching three goals and an assist.
The Wildcats still have some season left with the national tournament. They will travel to Asheville, N.C. for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Championships. They take on West Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1.