Five members of the MVNC soccer team and their head coach were honored for their efforts this season when the Mid-Ohio Conference awards were announced on Tuesday.
Senior forward Scott Dapprich and junior goalkeeper Josh Bush were named to the MOC First Team, while senior midfielder Petter Vaagenes and sophomore sweeper Matt Salisbury were named to the MOC Second Team. Sophomore midfielder Todd Pearce received honorable mention from the coaches, and Paul Furey was selected as the MOC Coach of the Year by his peers.
Dapprich has had a record-breaking season for the Cougars with 25 goals and 67 points, both single-season records. He is also second on the team in assists with 17. Bush has established a school record of his own with six shutouts, and he has allowed just 1.28 goals per match. He was also selected to the MOC All-Academic Team with a 3.56 grade point average in Business Administration.
Vaagenes has scored three goals this season and has passed out nine assists. Salisbury has anchored the MVNC defense that has allowed just 27 goals in 20 matches. He also has three assists. Pearce has set a school record with 18 assists this season. He has also found the back of the net 10 times to total 38 points for the year.
Furey was honored for guiding the Cougars to a 14-5-1 mark in 1997 after a 4-14-1 mark a year ago. MVNC has set school records for victories, goals scored, and assists.
The Cougars' season is not over yet as they will host the NCCAA East Regional Tournament on Friday and Saturday. MVNC is the top seed in the four-team tournament with the winner receiving an automatic berth in the 1997 NCCAA National Tournament at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.