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Panetta Named Rookie of the Year, Highlights Four All-USA South Selections

Panetta Named Rookie of the Year, Highlights Four All-USA South Selections

ROME, Ga. – Mary Baldwin University men's soccer player Carr Panetta was named the USA South Rookie of the Year on Wednesday as the conference released its 2019 postseason awards.

In addition to picking up Rookie of the Year honors, Panetta claimed a spot on the second team all-conference list as a forward. Joining him on this year's all-conference teams were Kyle Creamer, Ousmane Dansoko and Hordy Ndambo as third team selections.

Panetta, a native of Cedar Park, Texas, receives the highest league honor for a rookie after finishing the regular season with 17 total points on eight goals and one assist. He leads the Fighting Squirrels in both goals and points and also led all freshmen with four game-winning goals, which is the third-highest total in the USA South regardless of year. Panetta is the first male athlete at Mary Baldwin to receive a year-end award by the conference. He adds this award to his Rookie of the Week accolade he claimed just two weeks ago.

Creamer, who hails from Chesapeake, Virginia, garnered third team honors from USA South coaches after earning a start in 13 games this season at defense. Joining Creamer on the third team is Ndambo who saw the pitch in every game this season, earning 16 starts. The duo were a part of a back line that finished the regular season with five shutouts and held opponents to 1.9 goals per game, which ranks in the top half of the league. Also, Creamer recorded one assist on the year.

Dansoko, a native of Senegal, completes the quartet of all-conference players claiming third team laurels as a forward. He finished the regular season with seven goals and 14 points, which both rank second on the team, and includes six goals that came in league matches. Dansoko appeared in 16 games with 10 starts and notched one game-winning goal.

In addition, Dominic Fleming was the Mary Baldwin representative on this year's all-sportsmanship team.

Baboucarr Njie of N.C. Wesleyan claimed Player of the Year honors after leading the league with 15 goals and 37 points to go along with five assists. He adds the Player of the Year accolade to his Rookie of the Year laurel he claimed just two seasons ago. Paul Lemay of Covenant was voted the league's top goalkeeper, while the Scots' head coach, Scott Bosgraf, was named Coach of the Year after leading Covenant to a perfect 13-0 mark in league play.

To view the full All-USA South release, click here

The USA South Men's Soccer Tournament begins on Saturday Nov. 2 featuring the top-four teams in each division. The No. 4 seed in the East, Mary Baldwin, travels to face the No. 1 seed in the East, N.C. Wesleyan, at 2 pm.

MBU students, faculty and staff interested in traveling to Rocky Mount, North Carolina on the fan bus can click THIS LINK to sign up.