ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s soccer earned a league-high nine 2018 Sun Belt postseason honors as announced by the conference on Tuesday, highlighted by Brett Surrency as Coach of the Year, Kyle Clinton as Defensive Player of the Year and Logan Luque as Freshman of the Year.

GSU led the league in players/coaches earning All-Conference honors for the third year in a row, with nine awards going to the Panthers – topping eight apiece from Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina. Georgia State had four players named to the All-Sun Belt First Team, two to the Second Team, two garner individual accolades and Surrency nab Coach of the Year. 

Surrency, in his ninth season with the Panthers, earned his first Coach of the Year honor after leading GSU to its first-ever Sun Belt Conference regular season title and finishing the season undefeated in conference play for the first time since 1989. He also guided GSU its first six-game winning streak in over 30 years and is one victory shy of having three consecutive seasons with double-digits wins.

Clinton was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, as the Havant, England, native has anchored a GSU back line that has conceded only 20 goals in 17 matches, including five shutouts. He’s notched one goal and one assist this year and played a big role in leading the Panthers to six straight victories for the first time since 1987.  

In his first year of college soccer, Luque took Freshman of the Year honors after making an immediate impact at Georgia State. He has appeared in 16 games and started in nine, scoring his first career goal as a Panther in the team’s 2-1 victory over Gardner-Webb and has been key player on a GSU team that ranks third in the Sun Belt with 22 goals scored.

Joining Clinton on the All-Sun Belt First Team is Aris Briggs, Max Hemmings and Paul Tyson.

Briggs has been a huge boost to the GSU attack in his first season with the Panthers. He leads the team with five goals scored and 11 total points, both ranking in the top-five among all Sun Belt players this year. Briggs has also tallied three game-winning goals during the 2018 campaign, the second most in the league.

Hemmings has proved to be one of the premier midfielders in the league this season. He scored two goals and added an assist for five total points in GSU’s 4-3 victory over Coastal Carolina, tied for the most points in a conference match among all Sun Belt Players this year. Hemmings has tallied three goals and three assists this season, ranking tied for eighth in the league with nine total points.

Tyson showed he was one of the top goalkeepers in the Sun Belt this season, as he leads the conference with two shutouts and is tied for second with 15 saves in league play. He owns a 1.16 goals against average and .730 save percentage, two of the highest marks in the conference. Tyson is a two-time Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week award winner, the only player in the conference to earn the defensive honor multiple times this season.

Earning All-Sun Belt Second Team honors for the Panthers is Liam Fitzsimmons and George Proctor.

Fitzsimmons has been a valuable defender for the Georgia State back line, helping the Panthers obtain a 1.16 goals against average through 17 matches. He is a four-time All-Sun Belt honoree and has helped guide GSU to five shutout victories this season.

Proctor has been a key piece to the Georgia State back line this season but has also been a valuable weapon in the attacking third of the pitch. He picked up Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 18 after scoring the game-winning goal against Belmont, then dished two assists in the Panthers’ 4-3 victory over Coastal Carolina. His two assists are tied for the most in a single match among all Sun Belt players this year.

GSU (9-6-2) will face the winner of Wednesday’s Quarterfinal match between No. 4 Coastal Carolina and No. 5 Howard on 4 p.m. Friday in Statesboro, Ga. All matches of the 2018 Sun Belt Men’s Soccer Championship are set for live coverage on ESPN+. Follow the championship action via Twitter (@SunBelt) or live stats available on SunBeltSports.org.

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2018 SUN BELT MEN’S SOCCER POSTSEASON HONORS

All-Sun Belt First Team

Yazeed Matthews, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Jr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Javier Carbonell, Georgia Southern (Sr., MF/F, Madrid, Spain)

Aris Briggs, Georgia State (So., F, Memphis, Tenn.)

Henrik Mueller, Coastal Carolina (Sr., MF/D, Potsdam, Germany)

Jeranimo Power, Coastal Carolina (Jr., MF, De Ar, South Africa)

Max Hemmings, Georgia State (Sr., MF, Wokingham, England)

Joel Cunningham, Howard (Sr., MF, Spanish Town, Jamaica)

Zeiko Harris, Appalachian State (So., D, Sandys Parish, Bermuda)

Felix Kollmannthaler, Appalachian State (Sr., D, Frankfurt, Germany)

Kervin Fadel, Coastal Carolina (Sr., D, San Jose, Costa Rica)

Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Jr., D, Havant, England)

Jake Chasteen, Appalachian State (Sr., GK, Blowing Rock, N.C.)

Paul Tyson, Georgia State (Jr., GK, Liverpool, England)

All-Sun Belt Second Team

Camden Holbrook, Appalachian State (Fr., F, Cary, N.C.)

Tyrone Mondi, Coastal Carolina (So., F, Bloemfontein, South Africa)

Victor Guirma, Howard (Sr., F, New Platz, N.Y.)

Ian Bennett, Appalachian State (Sr., MF, Wilmington, N.C.)

Austin Hill, Appalachian State (Jr., MF/F, Graham, N.C.)

Alex McGrath, Appalachian State (Fr., MF, County Durham, England)

Samuel Mayer, Georgia Southern (Fr., MF, Stuttgart, Germany)

Gonzalo Talavera, Georgia Southern (So., D, Madrid, Spain)

Liam Fitzsimmons, Georgia State (Sr., D, Liverpool, England)

George Proctor, Georgia State (So., D, Leeds, England)

Carlos Caro, Howard (Jr., GK, Silver Spring, Md.)  

Sun Belt Co-Players of the Year

Jake Chasteen, Appalachian State (Sr., GK, Blowing Rock, N.C.)

Javier Carbonell, Georgia Southern (Sr., MF/F, Madrid, Spain)

Sun Belt Co-Offensive Players of the Year

Yazeed Matthews, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Javier Carbonell, Georgia Southern (Sr., MF/F, Madrid, Spain)

Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year

Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Jr., D, Havant, England)

Sun Belt Freshman of the Year

Logan Luque, Georgia State (Fr., MF, Bonaire, Ga.)

Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year

Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Jr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Sun Belt Coach of the Year

Brett Surrency, Georgia State