WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Brothers Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford) and Emmanuel Agyemang (East Hartford) and have been named voted to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches (USC) Division III All-New England Region Team as the 20th and 21st selections in 13 seasons under head coach Greg DeVito. The teams are selected through voting by member coaches.
A sophomore, Patrick was named as one of five forwards to the 14-player first team while Emmanuel, a first-year junior transfer, was selected to the second team as one of four defenders. As a first-teamer, Patrick will be eligible for USC All-America honors when that team is announced Thursday at the national Final Four championship banquet on the eve of the national semifinals at Greensboro, NC.
A total of 43 players were named to the all-region first, second and third teams. The Agyemangs were among six players from the Little East Conference named to the team. The six were the only selections from public universities.
Last year’s LEC Rookie-of-the-Year, Patrick was named Offensive Player-of-the-Year this year in the conference, repeating first-team honors. Emmanuel was voted LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year and first-team All-LEC.
Six-foot-four inch, 180 pound Patrick is ranked among the national leaders with a conference-leading 21 goals (tied for seventh nationally) and 49 points (seventh). His goal total is the fifth-highest in a season in program history – highest since 1987, and his point total equaled the sixth-highest in program history. During the year, Patrick recorded three hat tricks and had two two-goal games.
A first-year transfer from Springfield College, the 6-foot-3 inch, 180 pound Emmanuel anchored the top defensive team in the conference. Emmanuel started all 20 matches and led the team with an average of 83.1 minutes played. He also scored six goals (on six penalty kick attempts) and added an assist. His PK total ranks in a tie for second nationally.
Behind Emmanuel, the Warriors shared the LEC lead by allowing only seven goals and posting four shutouts in eight LEC regular-season matches. By allowing only 14 goals in 20 matches, Eastern was ranked second in the conference and the Warriors also shared the LEC lead with 11 overall shutouts.
It marks the eighth time under DeVito that Eastern has put multiple players on the All-New England Region Team. Patrick becomes the ninth first-teamer under DeVito. He joins former LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Year selections Maxim Fantl in 2008 and 2009 and Matt Furman in 2012 as a first-team all-region forward.
Eastern (17-3-0) won its second straight outright regular-season LEC title this year and has won or shared eight regular-season championships under DeVito. Ranked ninth in the New England Region in the final poll following conference playoff play, the Warriors advanced to the playoff title game for the sixth time, with the five-time champions losing, 1-0.