NEWTON, Mass. -- The Mount Ida men's and women's soccer Great Northeast Athletic Conference all-conference teams were announced Monday afternoon with six Mustangs bringing home all-conference honors.
On the men's side, junior Juan Brenes (Santo Domingo, D.R.) continued to add to his impressive resume with a first team selection for the 2017 season. Brenes led the Mustangs in all major offensive categories and was top in the conference in shots with 81. Brenes is already one of the best offensive players to wear the Green and White and will look to continue his climb up the record books in his senior season.
Picking up his first all-conference selection, sophomore Jared Barroso (Central Falls, R.I.) was named a second team honoree for his breakout 2017 season. Despite few eye-popping statistics, Barroso was one of the toughest and most determined players for the Mustangs and continuously used his quickness to beat bigger players to the ball. Hugely versatile, Barroso was used all over the field and garnered respect of GNAC competitors as a player who would out-work everyone else on the field.
Senior Christian Martins (Westbrook, Conn.) and freshman Jonathan Santos (Kearny, N.J.) were both selected to the GNAC third team for their 2017 accomplishments. Martins senior leadership was on display all season as he was the leader of the backline of the defense. The team looked to Martins on the field for direction and he helped organize the many young players on the field. Santos began his Mount Ida career with a terrific freshman campaign. Santos was third on the team in goals, points and shot attempts and was a very solid two-way player, especially with his work on opposing cornerkicks.
Senior Jeremy Sayers (Portsmouth, N.H.) was named to the all-sportsmanship team in his final season with the Mustangs. Sayers' leadership and experience helped bring a calming influence to a young Mount Ida and he was one of the most well-liked and respected players in the entire athletic department. On the women's side, senior Heather Pollock (Middleton, Mass.) was named to the all-sportsmanship team for her inspirational comeback this season after overcoming a major injury. A defensive stalwart, Pollock helped lead the most successful season for the women's program in a number of years. Her leadership and toughness will leave a lasting impact for the program.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu