Nine Gamecocks Earn C-USA Awards

Nine South Carolina men’s soccer student-athletes earned recognition from Conference USA coaches, as the league announced its awards Tuesday afternoon.

Senior Danny Deakin was named First-Team All-C-USA for the second straight season. Two Gamecocks were named to the second team, five were named to the third team and two earned spots on the all-freshman team.

“I’m tremendously proud of all of our players that earned all-conference recognition in such a competitive league,” said Head Coach Mark Berson.

“We are very well represented and that bodes well for the future of our program.”

Deakin tied for third in C-USA with 20 points (7G, 6A). His seven goals tied for the team lead and tied for fifth in the conference. The Sheffield, England native’s, six assists led the team and tied for second in the league. Of the 11 top scorers in C-USA, Deakin is one of only two players to log six assists. His five game-winning goals tied for the conference lead.

Making the all-conference second team was senior Kurtis Turner and sophomore Bjorn Gudjonsson. Turner has quarterbacked the Gamecock attack from the midfield all season, logging four points (1G, 2A), including the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory at No. 18 Furman. Turner finished the regular season third on the team with 34 shots and fourth on the team with 12 shots on goal. The Sheffield, England native, was a third team selection last season.

Gudjonsson tied Deakin for the team lead and fifth in the conference with his seven goals. He finished the season second on the team in points with 15 (7G, 1A). The Reykjavik, Iceland native, earned C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors twice, which led South Carolina. Gudjonsson was the only player in the league to earn offensive player of the week honors twice. He scored the first goal in the team’s 2-1 win vs. No. 12 Kentucky on Senior Night.

Making the all-conference third team was senior Koty Millard, senior Ive Burnett, junior William Pyle, sophomore Peyton Ericson and freshman Julian Even Uldal. A Cardinal Newman graduate, Millard is a four-year starter who finished the regular season with six points.


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