MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Michael Davis of UNC Pembroke highlights the 2011 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division men’s soccer team with his third selection in four years. UNCP leads the way with four players on the all-state team with Lees-McRae College following with three. The squad consists of student-athletes from NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA colleges and universities in North Carolina. The state’s sports information professionals submitted nominees that were narrowed down to the final three forwards, four midfielders, three defenders and one goalkeeper.
Sam Miles (Christchurch, New Zealand), a freshman from UNC Pembroke, started in all 18 games for the Braves this season finding the back of the net a dozen times. Miles added five assists for 29 points on the season sending him to the Peach Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Year honors leading the league in goals, points and shots.
James Galvani (High Wycombe, England) represents Lees-McRae College after posting 11 goals with four assists in a 26-point season for the Bobcats. The sophomore played in all 21 games this season converting three match-winners as an All-Conference Carolinas First Team pick and Daktronics All-Region second team member.
Eirik Nordseth (Steinkjer, Norway) rounds out the front line as the lone representative from Methodist University. Nordseth put in a team-high 17 goals with three assists leading to a 37-point season. The freshman started in all 16 matches for the Monarchs scoring three game-winners en route to USA South Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year honors.
Adam Smith (Nelson, South Island, New Zealand) becomes the first midfielder on the 2011 all-state team putting home four goals with a team-high five assists in a 13-point campaign from UNC Pembroke. Smith’s five assists ended up fourth-best in the Peach Belt Conference while playing in all 17 matches. The freshman also converted a pair of game-winning goals against Mount Olive and Francis Marion.
Fahret Salihovic (Charlotte, NC) is the lone member from Pfeiffer University to make this year’s squad after a team-best 11-point season with five goals and an assist. Salihovic became a bright spot during the back-half of a down year for the Falcons being rewarded with third team All-Conference Carolinas honors.
James Smith (Eastbourne, England), a freshman from Lees-McRae, started in all 22 of the Bobcats matches this season with six goals and eight assists during his 20-point rookie season. Smith’s eight assists were good enough for team-high honors leading to second-team selections in Conference Carolinas as well as the Daktronics All-Region team.
Rounding out this year’s midfield is Rory Caulfield (Glasgow, Scotland), a senior from Mars Hill College. Caulfield started in 16 of 17 of matches for the Lions this season putting home a half-dozen goals and three assists leading him to first team All-Conference honors in the South Atlantic Conference.
Davis (Charlotte, NC) from UNC Pembroke is the second senior to make the squad after previous selections in 2008 and 2010. Davis put in four goals, two becoming game-winners, starting in all 18 matches this season setting a new school record for career starts. Davis logged more than 1,600 minutes on the backline for the Braves in 2011 earning second team All-Peach Belt honors.
Stuart Rodgers (Retford, England) is the fourth and final member from UNCP joining Davis on defense after scoring a pair of goals with an assist. Rodgers started in all 16 matches he appeared in registering nearly 1,500 minutes of action on the pitch. One of his two strikes was a game-winner against Georgia Southwestern leading him to postseason honors as an all-tournament team member.
Luke Duffy (Wakefield, England) wraps up the backline from Lees-McRae College with a goal and two assists for the Bobcats. The senior anchored the defensive unit to five clean sheets on the season during his 22 starts. Duffy’s lone tally was a game-winner in a 1-0 overtime victory against St. Andrews. Duffy’s actions on the field led him to All-Conference first team honors in Conference Carolinas as well as a second team selection on the Daktronics all-region team.
Zac Scott (Pittsboro, NC), a junior from Mars Hill College, is the 2011 all-state team goalkeeper after starting in all 20 matches for the Lions posting a slim 0.76 goals-against-average spanning 1,784 minutes of action. Scott set new school records for his 0.76 GAA and low of just 15 goals allowed while tying the school mark with seven shutouts. Turning away 92 shots on the season, Scott found himself on the South Atlantic Conference’s first team later becoming a Daktronics all-region second team member.
Founded in 2002, NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The organization seeks to promote collegiate athletics and student-athletes at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
2011 NCCSIA College Division All-State Men’s Soccer Team
Forward: Sam Miles, UNC Pembroke, Freshman (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Forward: James Galvani, Lees-McRae College, Sophomore (High Wycombe, England)
Forward: Eirik Nordseth, Methodist University, Freshman (Steinkjer, Norway)
Midfield: Adam Smith, UNC Pembroke, Freshman (Nelson, South Island, New Zealand)
Midfield: Fahret Salihovic, Pfeiffer University, Junior (Charlotte, NC)
Midfield: James Smith, Lees-McRae College, Freshman (Eastbourne, England)
Midfield: Rory Caulfield, Mars Hill College, Senior (Glasgow, Scotland)
Defense: *Michael Davis, UNC Pembroke, Senior (Charlotte, NC)
Defense: Stuart Rodgers, UNC Pembroke, Senior (Retford, England)
Defense: Luke Duffy, Lees-McRae College, Senior (Wakefield, England)
Goalkeeper: Zac Scott, Mars Hill College, Junior (Pittsboro, NC)
* - All-State Selection in 2008, 2010, 2011