KANSAS CITY, MO – Four Peach Belt Conference men's soccer players have been named Scholar All-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches. Lander's Jordan Skelton and Young Harris' Carlos Gomez and Mikie Rowe were all named to the first team while YHC's Alex Iglesias was named to the second team.
Those four were also named to the Scholar All-South Region Team along with Francis Marion's Julian Kersting and YHC's Daniel Fischer and James Thomas.
A senior defender from Newcastle, England, Skelton was a first-team All-Peach Belt Conference and first-team All-Southeast Region selection in each of the last two seasons, A 2018 D2CCA All-American, he led a Lander defense that shutout 16 of its 21 opponents and allowed 0.43 goals per match. He also led the Bearcats with eight goals and five-game winners. Skelton was a four-time PBC Defender of the Week and the PBC Player of the Week during the year, becoming the first field player in PBC history to earn five weekly honors in a single season. In his Lander career, Skelton made 74 starts in 79 matches, leading the Bearcats to a 57-13-9 record. He helped guide Lander to a pair of PBC regular season crowns, a PBC Tournament championship and an NCAA Southeast Regional title. A business major with a 3.46 GPA, he was named to the PBC All-Academic team and was a PBC Presidential Honor Roll Silver Scholar.
Gomez, who is a senior forward from Algete, Spain, was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference first team as being named to the second team in 2016 and 2017. Gomez, who was a first team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches in 2018, led the team and the conference with 10 assists, while second on the team and league in goals (12) and points (34). Gomez, who was named Peach Belt Player of the Week once in 2018 and was named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on Oct. 30, had three match-winning goals in 19 matches. Gomez, who was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division II first team in 2018, finished the year ranked 16th nationally in assists (10), 25th in points (34), 26th in assists per game (0.53) and 27th in points per game (1.79). Gomez has a 3.61 GPA as a business and public policy major
Rowe became the 13th player in league history to score 20 or more goals in a season with 22 to lead the PBC in 2018. The senior midfielder from Wexford, Ireland, is finished third in NCAA Division II with 1.16 goals per game, and fourth in points per game (2.58), goals (22) and points (49). His 22 goals was the eighth-highest single-season total in PBC history and his conference-leading 49 points was tied for 11th most. Named the PBC Player of the Week four times this year and the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on Sept. 13, he also led the PBC in game-winning goals and shots. The 2018 United Soccer Coaches first team All-American and the 2018 Google Cloud second team Academic All-America®, was the fourth Mountain Lion to be named the PBC Player of the Year and kept the award at Young Harris for the fifth time in the last six years. Rowe earned the league's Select Sports Golden Ball Award for scoring the most goals. Rowe has a 3.44 GPA as a business and public policy major.
Iglesias, a junior goalkeeper from Alicante, Spain, was named the PBC Goalkeeper of the Week three times in 2018. Iglesias, who was named to the All-PBC first team in 2018, was second in the league and finished 14th nationally with a 0.70 goals-against average with six shutouts, He also had 30 saves in 13 matches this year. Iglesias has a 3.54 GPA as an interdisciplinary studies major.
2018 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Men's Scholar All-South Region Team
|K||Alex Iglesias||Jr.||Young Harris College||Interdisciplinary Studies||3.54||Alicante, Spain|
|K||Elliott Barker||Jr.||Palm Beach Atlantic University||Business||3.48||Harrogate, England|
|D||Juan Sanchez Conde||Sr.||Palm Beach Atlantic University||Business||3.50||Madrid, Spain|
|D||Jose Reigada||Sr.||Limestone College||Business Economics & Finance||3.63||Oviedo, Spain|
|D||Jordan Skelton||Sr.||Lander University||Business||3.49||Newcastle, England|
|M||Kristian Moore-Cowell||Sr.||Limestone College||Sport Management||3.48||Essex, England|
|M||Christoph Gums||Jr.||Florida Southern College||Marketing||3.73||Greifswald, Germany|
|M||Alex Lipinski||Jr.||Spring Hill College||Business||3.37||Krefeld, Germany|
|F||Claudio Rivadeneira||Jr.||Palm Beach Atlantic University||Business||3.69||San Fernando, Chile|
|F||Carlos Gomez||Sr.||Young Harris College||Business & Public Policy||3.61||Algete, Spain|
|F||Mikie Rowe||Sr.||Young Harris College||Business & Public Policy||3.44||Wexford, Ireland|
|K||Pablo Jara||Sr.||Wingate University||Sports Management||3.41||Santiago, Chile|
|K||Marco Sordi||Sr.||Barry University||Management||3.90||Aosta, Italy|
|K||Mirko Ronchi||Sr.||Limestone College||Psychology||3.87||Cornaredo, Italy|
|D||Pedro Oliveira||Sr.||Queens University of Charlotte||Psychology||3.87||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|D||Julian Kersting||Sr.||Francis Marion University||General Business||3.74||Oldenburg, Germany|
|D||Harvey McMorrow||Jr.||Lees-McRae College||Business Administration||3.36||Maidstone, England|
|D||Daniel Fischer||Jr.||Young Harris College||Management||3.85||Bruck an der Leitha, Austria|
|M||James Thomas||Sr.||Young Harris College||Business & Public Policy||3.55||Woking, England|
|M||Roberto Ortega Lopez||Sr.||Limestone College||Business Marketing||3.76||Cuenca, Spain|
|F||Pol Vassart||Sr.||Lees-McRae College||Business Administration||3.64||Tournon-sur-RhÃ´ne, France|
|F||Ali Brador||Sr.||University of West Alabama||Physical Education||3.43||Ronchin, France|