Mount Aloysius soccer rakes in AMCC honors

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College put a record 14 of 22 men’s and women’s soccer team starters on the AMCC all-star team — eight women and six men, seven of whom were named to the first team.

Will Funez, the AMCC Newcomer of the Year, highlighted a group of the six Mount Aloysius men’s soccer players named to the team. Joining Funez with AMCC first-team all-conference honors were midfielder Jonathan Fernandez and defender Cameron Kemp, while striker Joshua Devlin and goalkeeper James Eyre earned second-team all-conference.

Senior midfielder Kyle Marshall rounded out the Mountie selections with a spot on the AMCC third team.

In his freshman campaign, Funez ranked in a tie for first in conference goals scored with nine, and his 14 total goals put him in third place among all conference players.

The winger was second in the league with six game-winning goals, including four straight game-winning goals in the final four regular season games for the Mounties. Funez was on a tear at season’s end with 10 goals and three assists over the Mounties’ final six regular season games.

The Mountie men broke a program record with 16 wins in the 2017 season, breaking the previous mark of 12 from the 2015 season.

“We had a tremendous season, and after a time I think the guys will realize that,” coach Matt Davis said. “Much of the success goes to our seniors Kyle Marshall, Graham Hunter, Diron Duah and Andre Thorpe and how they guided a very young team. We had a team where everyone throughout the roster made important contributions throughout the season.”

For the Mount women, striker Cheyenne Kuncher, midfielder Jordan Gebhart, defender Summer Schell and goalkeeper Leanne Cardoso-Bastos highlighted the group with first-team all-conference honors.

Midfielder Sam Torrenti was named second-team all-conference, while winger Katie Mirance, midfielder Brianna Byler and defender Amanda Brancato were selected to the third team.

“This team was as tough of a team physically as I’ve coached,” Davis said. “We gutted out a number of great victories this season through sheer effort and will, and that’s why it was such a great group. A big thanks to our lone senior Tamara George, and we’ll look to build off this season with a bright future.”

The Mount Aloysius women tied the school record for wins set last season with 12 and advanced to the AMCC playoffs and semifinal round for the second consecutive season.