ORANGE & BLACK: Men’s Soccer in Playoffs, Pencic League’s Top Rookie

Buffalo State College Athletics

Under interim head coach Francesco Cardillo and bolstered by the offensive impact of freshman phenom Theo Pencic (Oslo, Norway), Buffalo State’s men’s soccer team finished the season 11-5-2 overall, reaching double-digit wins for the fourth-consecutive season for the only time in school history.  The Bengals also qualified for the SUNYAC playoffs for the fourth-straight season, posting a 5-3-1 mark in league play, before falling in the quarterfinals.The Bengals were also well-represented when in comes to postseason accolades with five players earning All-SUNYAC honors, including Pencic and Robert Williamson (Fishkill/John Jay) on the first team.August Finn (High Falls, NY/Rondout Valley) and Andreas Queen (Stone Ridge/Rondout Valley) were named to the second team, and Saleman Salim (Buffalo/Hutch Tech) garnered third team honors.Pencic, a first-year striker, was named the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year, finishing the season with 11 goals in just 13 games played, leading the SUNYAC in goals-per-game at 0.85.  Pencic netted four game-winning goals and tallied a pair of hat tricks in wins over Fredonia and Alfred University. He was also named second team All-Region by the United Soccer Coaches.Williamson, a senior defender studying health and wellness, improved on second team honors last season.  A team captain, Williamson was a force at both ends of the field, helping anchor a defense that had eight shutouts and conceded just 16 goals in 18 games.  He also tallied four goals and an assist and led the team in minutes played with 1,666, 183 more than the next highest on the team.Finn, a senior midfielder majoring in sociology, also is a two-time All-SUNYAC selection, earning third team honors last year.  A key figure in the Bengals’ transition game, Finn added one goal and four assists in 16 games played.Queen, a junior goalkeeper majoring in history, is another repeat honoree, earning first team distinction last season.  He played in 13 games …

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