March 22, 2007
Junior defenders Rob Valentino and Chris Rodd were named co-winners of the Joe Allen Award as the team's Most Valuable Players at the annual USF men's soccer banquet that was held at the Presidio Golf Course Thursday night.
Valentino, who was named the West Coast Conference's Player of the Year in a poll of league coaches, had another standout season for USF. He played in all 20 games for the 12-7-1 Dons scoring a goal and adding six assists while anchoring the USF defense. This winter played for the U.S. under-23 National Team during their trip to Japan. The Dons have made three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances since Valentino joined the squad.
Rodd, who transferred to USF from William and Mary, had a stellar season in his first year in Green and Gold. He also played in all 20 games and helped the team record a stingy 0.88 goals against average. He tallied his lone goal of the season in a 1-0 win at Loyola Marymount. He was named to the WCC's second team.
Senior defender Kevin Long and junior midfielder Neil Stuart shared the Gus Donoghue Award as the player that represents USF soccer the best on and off the field. Long, a second team all-WCC selection, played in all 20 games for the Dons, while Neill Stuart played in 16 games, scoring two goals.
Freshman forward Conor Chinn, a transfer from Seattle University was named winner of the Stephen Negoesco Award as the team's most outstanding underclassman. Chinn was third on the Dons in scoring with four goals and three assists in his first collegiate season. Among his many highlights was scoring the game winning goal in overtime against the Portland Pilots at Negoesco Stadium. He was a member of the WCC's all-freshman team in 2006.
Head Coach Erik Visser also talked about the 2007 season and unveiled the team's schedule that is highlighted by Negoesco Stadium visits by UCLA, Cal, New Mexico, Vermont, Alabama A&M and San Jose State. In addition, USF will host all six WCC opponents at home. The opener is set for August 31st when USF entertains Vermont.