FORT MYERS, Fla. – Seven different FGCU players earned Atlantic Sun Conference honors for the 2013 season, highlighted by Isaiah Madrid being named the Freshman of the Year.
In total, three Eagles landed on the A-Sun First Team, two were on the Second Team and two more, including Madrid, finished on the All-Freshman Team. It marks the third consecutive season an FGCU player has won the Freshman of the Year award as Felipe DeSousa (Tampa, Fla./Wharton HS) claimed it last campaign and Xavier Silva (Boca Raton, Fla./North Broward Preparatory School) the year before.
“I’m happy and pleased to see all seven of these guys recognized for helping lead us to another regular-season championship,” head coach Bob Butehorn said. “Isaiah has been great for us all year and his award is especially very well deserved.”
The only unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team, Madrid (Albuquerque, N.M./El Dorado HS) finished the regular season tied for 5th in the A-Sun with 11 points on four goals and three assists. The New Mexico native scored two goals versus USC Upstate and had an assist in each of the final two games, including the game-winning helper in FGCU’s victory to cap the regular-season title. Madrid took many of FGCU’s corners, totaling 28 on the year, and attempted a shot in every game but one, including multiple shots in 13 matches.
The only unanimous selection for FGCU to the First Team – and one of only two overall – was DeSousa, who leads the team in goals with six and points with 13. His six goals were the third-most in the A-Sun and his 13 points were tied for the third-most. He scored his points only playing in 13 games as his 1.0 points-per-game average was tied for second in the league. His only game-winning goal of the year gave FGCU its first victory of the season at the Penn. The sophomore was also named a First Team selection last year during his initial campaign in the Green and Blue.
Aaron Guillen (El Paso, Texas/Coronado HS) is one of the primary defenders in FGCU’s backline and earned a spot on the First Team after helping lead the Eagles in surrendering the fewest goals in A-Sun action with only four all campaign. Guillen has also aided in preventing shots from getting on net as FGCU has made the third-fewest saves in league action while contributing to five shutouts in A-Sun play, the most in the conference. He scored his lone goal of the year in FGCU’s win over Jacksonville on Nov. 2 while starting all 15 games.
FGCU’s third and final First Team selection is Henry Penagos (Margate, Fla./American Heritage School of Boca/Delray). He is tied for 7th in the A-Sun with 10 points on five goals, which are second-most on the Eagles and tied for 4th most in the league. Penagos has three game-winning goals, including the one in the regular-season finale which wrapped up FGCU’s record-setting 4th straight regular-season title. He was a Second Team All-Conference selection last year.
Highlighting the All-Atlantic Sun Second Team are Steven Oliveri (Stuart, Fla./Jensen Beach HS) and Rodrigo Saravia (Guatemala City, Guatemala/College Internacional Montessori). As a sophomore, Oliveri has recorded a start in each of the Eagles’ 15 games. Oliveri has helped lead the Green and Blue midfield with seven shots on the season and has aided in the Eagles’ success by directing the midfield. Saravia has also started all 15 games for the Eagles. The midfielder has been a steady and efficient contributor to the team and has recorded two assists on the year. Saravia aided in the attack that produced the Eagles’ game-winning goal over USC Upstate.
In addition to Madrid’s All-Freshman Team nod, classmate Danny George (Safety Harbor, Fla./Countryside High School) earned a position on the All-Freshman Team. The goalkeeper saw action in 14 games this season with 12 starts and has been a contributing member of the Eagle defense. In 1,221 minutes, the redshirt recorded a save percentage of .763 with six shutouts and 45 saves on the year. In A-Sun action he led the league with five shutouts in eight games, allowing just four goals. He produced a record of 8-4-2 and will hold the backline in the Eagles’ quest for the Atlantic Sun Championship.
Rounding out the FGCU recognitions, David Robledo (Dallas, Texas/Hillcrest HS) was named to the All-Academic Team. An accounting major with a 3.74 GPA, Robledo has played in 15 games with 12 starts and serves as FGCU’s central figure in the midfield. He is tied for the team lead with three assists, which ties him for sixth in the A-Sun. All three of his assists have come in conference play, tying him for the second-most in the league. His first helper on the year was on a game-winning goal to open conference play in a 1-0 win over Lipscomb.
FGCU (8-6-2, 6-1-1 A-Sun) begins its A-Sun Championship on Friday at home against North Florida at 7 p.m. The Eagles are hosting the tournament, which got underway Wednesday with a pair of quarterfinal matchups. In the first semifinal game Friday, Mercer will play second-seeded ETSU at 4 p.m.
Any student of an A-Sun institution will be admitted for free with a valid university I.D. FGCU faculty and staff will be admitted for free as well. Youth ages 14 and under will be admitted for free if they are wearing a soccer jersey or green or blue. Youth tickets will cost $3 while adult tickets will be $6. Friday’s games will be streamed on ASun.TV while Sunday’s final will air live on ESPN3.