Vienna, W.Va.—It is a great day to be a Fighting Scot! What a start to the 2017-2018 school year for Ohio Valley University Athletics. Both our men’s and women’s soccer teams are having unprecedented seasons, the likes of which have never been seen at OVU.
The men’s team posted a record of 17-1-3 on their way to capturing the first Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship in the history of Ohio Valley University. The Scots also earned the first national ranking in program history, and currently sit at #6 in all of NCAA Division II. Head Coach Luis Rincon was named the G-MAC Coach of the Year, and eight student-athletes received postseason awards from the conference.
Junior Celso Riveros was named the Offensive Player of the Year, and also earned a spot on the All-Conference Frist Team. Senior Carlos Rubio was named the Defensive Player of the Year, and he also earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team. Joining Riveros and Rubio on the All-Conference First Team was sophomore midfielder Nicolas Rodriguez.
Five players: Sophomore Guillermo Segovia, sophomore Javier Rodriguez, senior Jeremiah Yondah, junior Ignacio Diaz and sophomore Camilo Sarmiento all received Great Midwest All-Conference Second Team honors.
The women’s team finished the 2017 regular season unbeaten with a record of 16-0-3. They also grabbed the G-MAC championship, the first in program history. Like the men, the women are nationally ranked, currently at #20 in all of NCAA Division II. Coach Rincon is also the head coach of the women’s team, and he was chosen as the G-MAC Coach of the Year in women’s soccer as well. Four student-athletes received postseason recognition from the conference.
Freshman Konstantina Giannou was named the Offensive Player of the Year, and also earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team. Sophomore Ana Da Costa was awarded Defensive Player of the Year. Much like her teammate, not only did Da Cost bring home Defensive Player of the Year, but she was also selected to the Great Midwest All-Conference Second Team.
Freshman Paula Valbuena joined Giannou on the All-Conference First Team, and freshman Montserratt Grau joined Da Costa on the All-Conference Second Team.
Ohio Valley University is one of just nine schools in all of NCAA Division II to qualify both of their soccer teams for the national tournament.
The women’s team is the #3 seed in the Midwest Region, and will begin their journey towards a national championship on November 9th against #6 seed Bellarmine University.
The men’s team is the #1 seed in the Midwest Region, and will be hosting regional games at Schoenbaum Stadium in Charleston, West Virginia. By virtue of their #1 seed OVU receives a first-round bye. The Scots await the winner of the #4 seed Davis & Elkins and the #5 seed Saginaw Valley State University.
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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.