Ports and Scheffey Named d3kicks.com All-Americans as Five Spartans Earn All-Region Honors
YORK, PA - The accolades continue to roll in for the York College men’s soccer team as Jon Ports (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Evan Scheffey (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) were selected d3kicks.com All-Americans following the Spartans’ stellar 21-3-1 campaign. Ports’, who is also a 2007 National Soccer Coaches Association of America first-team All-American, is a first-team choice while Scheffey garnered second-team honors after landing on the third-team last season.
In his first year with the Spartans, Ports made an immediate impact registering 15 goals and a program-record 16 assists. His tireless work rate combined with spectacular skill and intelligence made Ports one of the most dangerous attackers in the nation. The sophomore started each of York’s 25 contests and tallied seven game-winning goals. In addition to his pair of All-American accolades, Ports was also named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year after being selected to the All-CAC first-team. He was also a first-team All-South Region selection by both the NSCAA and d3kicks.com respectively.
Scheffey continued to mature in 2007 into one of the best defensive players to ever don the green and white. A junior captain, his vocal leadership and outstanding ability solidified a tough Spartan backline that surrendered a mere 0.74 goals per game. Scheffey’s extraordinary athleticism and knowledge of the game allowed him to consistently make great play after great play as a central defender. He started all 25 games this season, was a first-team All-CAC selection and received first-team All-South Region bids from both the NSCAA and d3kicks.com.
“I am delighted to see that both Jon and Evan received All-American selections,” Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig said. “They both had outstanding seasons and it is great to see them recognized for their quality play.”
In addition to the All-American honors, the Spartans grabbed five spots on the d3kicks.com All-South Region squad including Ports’ and Scheffey’s first-team selections. Joining them on the first-team is senior forward Andrew Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco), a 2006 NSCAA and d3kicks.com first-team All-American. Senior forward Jason Mancuso (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) and junior defender Mike Whalen (Philadelphia, Pa./LaSalle) nabbed third-team accolades.
Wheeler leaves the Spartan program after firmly planting his name throughout the record books. Wheeler’s 45 goals and 116 points places him second all-time in both career categories after playing only three years with the Spartans. He is also third in career assists with 26. This season saw Wheeler post eleven scores and eleven helpers en route to his second first-team All-CAC selection and his third bid on the NSCAA All-South Region squad.
Mancuso’s lone season with the Spartans brought incredible results as he recorded 14 goals and seven assists. The senior’s pace and strength up front gave York added punch in the offensive end of the pitch. Mancuso was also chosen as a second-team All-CAC forward and garnered a spot on the NSCAA All-South Region third-team.
Whalen provides another steady presence in the Spartan defense. His strong and aggressive play as a central defender have kept numerous opponents away from the York net and more importantly off the scoreboard. Whalen was also recognized this season as a second-team All-CAC selection.
“It is great to see these players continue to be recognized.” Ludwig said. “With team success comes individual honors. Every single player had a hand in both our team and individual accomplishments this year.”