-- The votes are in, and the Temple University
men's soccer team has landed three on the 2018 American Athletic Conference All-Conference and All-Rookie teams as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. Midfielder Lukas Fernandes
highlighted the awards, earning a spot on the Second Team for the first time in his career after a breakout junior year. The freshman duo of Jalen Campbell
and Andres Charles-Barrera
also got recognized by the conference, each earning All-Rookie accolades from their outstanding first-year campaigns.
Fernandes has played a crucial role in the Temple offense all season, leading the team in points (16), goals (6), assists (4) and game-winning goals (3). He currently ranks fourth in the conference in shots, goals and game-winning goals, and continues to be a prime play maker for Temple as a winger. The Rochester, N.Y. native has played in every game for the Owls this season and was recognized by the American multiple times throughout the year, being named Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 24th and Oct. 29th, and earning a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll on Oct. 8th.
Head Coach Brian Rowland
emphasized the talent Fernandes brings to the squad, expressing how deserving he was of the conference recognition.
"Lukas plays a big role on our team in terms of production offensively. He's been a great leader and certainly has helped our team in significant ways, and I'm very happy to see him to get the recognition he deserves. I look forward to big things from him for the remainder of this season, and for the rest of his time with us at Temple."
Campbell has been a versatile player for the Owls throughout the entirety of his rookie season. Playing in all 18 games for Temple, he is tied for second on the squad with seven points, contributing two goals and three assists on the year. The Brampton, Ontario native played a season-high 93 minutes against Memphis on Oct. 6th, and has continued to be an offensive threat for Temple all year.
"Jalen has been a guy that has contributed greatly since the beginning of the year. He's been a factor in both conference and non-conference games for us, and is a consistent guy who has played multiple positions for us this year. It's clear that he's just getting started with all he has to offer, and I'm excited for his future on this team."
Charles-Barrera has been a silent weapon for the Owls all season, anchoring the midfield and controlling play in the center of the pitch both offensively and defensively. He has started all 18 games during his freshman regular season campaign in Cherry and White and contributed one assist this season in Temple's 1-0 win over No. 25 Old Dominion on Sept. 2nd. While the Coquitlam, British Columbia native does not lead the team statistically, he has had a large impact on multiple scoring plays for Temple this season.
"Andres has been a critical guy for us all season from a position that doesn't always get the recognition and awards. He may not always show up on the box score statistically, but he's a 90 minute player that has a huge impact on both sides of the ball. He's grown into an integral part of our team, and I'm glad to see his hard work getting recognized. I look forward to his continual growth on the field over the next few years as a key part of our team."
The Owls are back in action tonight as they take on No. 20 UConn in the American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at the UCF Soccer and Track Complex in Orlando, Fla.
2018 All-Conference Awards
Offensive Player of the Year: Cal Jennings, UCF
Midfielder of the Year: Louis Perez, UCF
Defensive Player of the year: Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, UConn
Rookie of the Year: Felix Metzler, UConn
Goalkeeper of the Year: Yannik Oettl, UCF
Coaching Staff of the Year: UCF
Team Fair Play Award: UConn
First Team All-Conference
Cal Jennings, UCF, F
Abdou Mbacke Thiam, UConn, F
Tomasz Skublak, USF, F
Louis Perez, UCF, M
Yoni Sorokin, UCF, M
Emil Cuello, SMU, M
Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, UConn, D
Ben Roberts, Memphis, D
Talen Maples, SMU, D
Yannik Oettl, UCF, GK
David Zalzman, Memphis, At-Large
Second Team All-Conference
Grant Makela, SMU, GK
Yanis leerman, UCF
Dylan Greenberg, UConn
Dayonn Harris, UConn
Robin Lapert, UConn
Felix Metzler, UConn
Avionne Flanagan, USF
Alex Zis, USF
Garrett McLaughlin, SMU
Akean Shackleford, SMU
Chase Bromstedt, Tulsa
Andres Hernandez Betancur, UCF
Yanis Leerman, UCF
Ibrahima Diop, UConn
Felix Metzler, UConn
Gurman Sangha, Memphis
Henrique Gallina, USF
Knut Ahlander, SMU
Lane Warrington, SMU
Gilles Kuhler, Tulsa