York Soccer Team Finishes Season Strong, Earns Honors for Players and Coach
Penn State York’s men’s soccer team once again finished strong with an 8-2 conference record and the regular season championship. For the past five seasons the team has consistently been among the teams to beat in the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC).
Conference play proved to be challenging as the Lions earned hard fought victories on the road at Penn State Hazleton and Penn State Brandywine before yielding their only conference loss at rival Penn College. Regular season success was rewarded with the number one seed in the PSUAC tournament. After taking a commanding 2-0 lead at home, York gave up three unanswered goals, two by the way of penalty kicks, and lost their first home match and thus their season came to an early and untimely end.
Despite the sudden ending, the season’s success was acknowledged by both the PSUAC and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Aldin Avdic, York, Pa., was named the PSUAC’s player of the year after scoring 16 goals with 1 assist in Penn State York’s 13 matches. Players Trey Chilcoat, New Freedom, Pa., scored 10 goals with 5 assists in his freshman campaign and Adam Beck, York, Pa., scored a pair of goals with a program record 11assists, and both were named first team All-Conference. Dan Lynd, Hanover, Pa., earned second team honors after converting to goalkeeper early in the season and boasting 0.62 goals against average.
After spending most of the season nationally ranked in the top 10 and topping out at number four, the USCAA named Avdic, Chilcoat, and Beck first team All-Americans and Dan Brinkley, Camp Hill, Pa., honorable mention All-American after scoring 5 goals with 2 assists splitting his season between midfield and defense. Scott Barrera, York, Pa., and Mihir Jadhav, York, Pa., earned Academic All-American honors for their success on the field and in the classroom.
In addition to player acknowledgement, Rich Chilcoat, head coach, was named PSUAC Coach of the Year for the third time in the past four seasons. Chilcoat, New Freedom, Pa., was selected by his peers within the conference and that makes the award very special for him.
“I am humbled to be selected by my peers for such an honor and will accept this award on behalf of my players, my coaching staff, and the entire athletic department,” said Chilcoat. “Our players worked very hard and made many personal sacrifices to enable us to be successful, and both Don Walker, assistant athletic director, and Chris Beaverson, interim athletic director, were extremely supportive,” he said. “Finally my coaching staff consisting of Ben Otterson, Tim Weikert, and Joe Dizio Jr. were equally responsible for our team's preparedness and were essential both in training and at games.”
This season the coaching staff at Penn State York expanded to include former players Tim Weikert, York, Pa., and Joe Dizio, York, Pa. According to Chilcoat, much of player Dan Lynd’s success should be attributed to his goalkeeper training with Dizio. Weikert was instrumental in York’s stat keeping, played a leadership role in training and earned his first career win as interim coach at Penn State Schuylkill. Chilcoat also noted that since arriving at Penn State York, Otterson, York, Pa., has played a key role as his first assistant and is a significant role in York’s unprecedented 5-year-run.
For more information about Penn State York Athletics visit the website at www.sports.yk.psu.edu or contact Chris Beaverson, interim athletic director, at 717-505-8949 or E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.