November 15, 2013

Randolph Dominates Men's Soccer Awards, Sindle Player of the Year

FOREST, Va. -- Led by the second Player of the Year nod for senior Corey Sindle (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester), Randolph placed eight on the All-ODAC teams announced today.

Sindle became the first player in program history to win the award in 2011, as he was also named to the VaSID All-State and NSCAA All-Region and All-America teams that year. He is now the first four-time All-ODAC member in program history, as well.

This is the eighth ODAC Player of the Year award in any sport in Randolph's history, with Sindle as the only two-time winner.

The forward finished his career with 51 goals and 121 points, both good for fourth-most in the history of the 37-year-old conference.

"We are all very proud of Corey for receiving the Player of the Year award for the second time," head coach Bryan Waggoner said. "He has had a lot to overcome to earn this award and it is a representation of his quality as a soccer player but, more importantly, his character."

"For someone to achieve the great things he has throughout his career, they must have two things: a very strong character and a strong group of teammates and family behind him," he continued, "There is no question that Corey has both. He will be the first one to say his teammates are just as big of a part of this award as he was, and we will miss him greatly on the pitch next season."

Joining Sindle on the first team are three senior teammates, Jacob Lusczek (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor), John Adams (Lynchburg, Va./E.C. Glass) and Will Wolf (Goldsboro, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons).

At the top, Lusczek graduates as the program's all-time leader in assists in game, season and career after his record-setting season. Only eight players in the country have more assists this year than his 12.

Adams has been a valuable midfielder for the WildCats on both ends, providing strong defense and nine goals this year, including the game-winner in the ODAC semifinal.

Wolf has been a stalwart defender for the WildCats, finally making the first team after two straight years as a second team All-ODAC pick.

Making their first All-ODAC appearances, both on the second team, are first-year Blake Heatherly (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) and senior Joe Skaja (Yorktown, Va./Grafton).

Heatherly played in each of the team's games during his rookie year and had a hand in nine goals this year coming up from his left back spot.

Skaja also participated in each of the team's 20 contests as a ball-winner in the midfield, also setting up numerous attacks with his strong possession ability.

On the defensive end, two more WildCats were named third team All-ODAC members.

Junior Coulton Watson (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) earned his third straight All-ODAC third team appearance as a valuable center back and has started each game in his three-year career.

Finally, senior Carter Smith (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) led the ODAC in goals against average and shutouts, breaking a program record for longest shutout streak in the process.

"Our team is tremendously proud to have eight members on the all-conference team," Waggoner said. "It is a testament to the quality player and, more importantly, quality people we have in our program. Every player on the all-conference team knows they would not have received such a distinction if it were not for his fellow teammates pushing them every day in training."