University of Virginia Athletics Media Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer program placed a league-record, four on the ACC All-Freshman team while Joe Bell (Wanaka, New Zealand) and Henry Kessler (New York, N.Y.) were listed as Third Team All-ACC honorees.

First years Daryl Dike (Edmond, Okla.), Cabrel Happi Kamseu (Harare, Zimbabwe), Aboubacar Keita (Columbus, Ohio) and Daniel Steedman (Cornelius, N.C.) were recognized as All-Freshman performers, the most ever by a single school since the ACC All-Freshman Team was first instituted in 2003. Virginia has the second most All-Freshman honorees in ACC history with 27.

Bell, an All-Freshman team member last season, earned All-ACC honors for the first time. The sophomore has played every minute of the 2018 season, starting all 36 games of his UVA career. Just five days after helping his native New Zealand to a U-20 World Cup berth in Tahiti, Bell returned to Charlottesville to score the game-winning goal in the 90th minute against No. 19 New Hampshire on Aug. 24. He registered an assist in four-straight games from Sept. 18 through Oct. 2. His five assists on the season are the second most on the team and his three assist in conference play are tied for the third-most in the ACC.

Kessler, has anchored a Cavalier defense that has ranked in the top-five nationally for the majority of the season. Over the first seven games, Virginia had conceded just one goal for only the third time in 75 years of Virginia soccer. Kessler has started all 13 games he’s appeared in, missing only 15 minutes of action in those contests.

In his first collegiate season, Dike has emerged as one of the Cavaliers’ top scoring threats. He’s totaled five goals on 19 shots in 11 games played. The first year forward has two game-winners to his credit, the first against No. 22 Wright State on Oct. 2 and the other against No. 5 Denver on Oct. 8. All five of his goals came in a five-game span beginning on Oct. 2. Against the aforementioned Denver, he scored twice, the only multi-goal performance by a Cavalier this season.

Keita, another mainstay on the Cavalier back line, has played all 15 games, missing only one minute of action. In the midseason Freshman Top 100, Keita was ranked as the top freshman in the country. He scored his first collegiate goal in a 2-0 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 28. Keita has helped the Virginia defense log eight shutouts, the 18th most in the country and the second most in the ACC.

The team leader in points, Happi Kamseu has scored five goals and assisted on another in 14 games played this season. He flourished in his role in the midfield, scoring in back-to-back games against Marshall (game-winner) and FIU. Since 2013, only Riggs Lennon, Happi Kamseu and Dike have scored in consecutive games in their first years on grounds.

Rounding out the four All-Freshman honorees, Daniel Steedman has two goals (both in ACC play) in 13 games played. He scored a go-ahead goal against No. 1 Wake Forest (Oct. 20) on a bicycle kick in the box. His first collegiate tally came against Clemson on Oct. 12 putting the Cavaliers up 3-1. Steedman is second on the team with 25 shots.

The 2018 NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. on with first and second round matches commencing on Nov. 15 and Nov. 18, respectively. In the final regular season polls of the year, Virginia is ranked No. 11 by the United Soccer Coaches and No. 5 in the NCAA RPI.

2018 ACC Men’s Soccer Award Winners

Coach of the Year:  Bobby Muuss, Wake Forest

Offensive Player of the Year: Omir Fernandez, So., M, Wake Forest

Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Comsia, Sr., D, North Carolina

Midfielder of the Year: Bruno Lapa, Jr., M, Wake Forest

Freshman of the Year: Issa Rayyan, Fr., M, Duke

First Team All-ACC

Daniele Proch, Jr., M, Duke

Tate Schmitt, Sr., F, Louisville

Nils Bruening, Sr., F, North Carolina

Alex Comsia, Sr., D, North Carolina

Mauricio Pineda, Jr., M, North Carolina

James Pyle, Sr., GK, North Carolina

David Loera, So., F, NC State

Edward Kizza, So., F, Pittsburgh

Tajon Buchanan , So., F, Syracuse

Omir Fernandez, So., M, Wake Forest

Bruno Lapa, Jr., M, Wake Forest 

Second Team All-ACC 

Simon Enstrom, Sr., F, Boston College

Will Pulisic, So., GK, Duke

Brandon Williamson, Jr, M., Duke

Issa Rayyan, Fr., M, Duke

Geoffrey Dee, Sr., M, Louisville

John Nelson, So., D, North Carolina

Thomas Ueland, Sr., F, Notre Dame

Patrick Berneski, Gr., D, Notre Dame

Javi Perez, Sr., M, Pittsburgh

Kristo Strickler, So., M, Virginia Tech

Brad Dunwell, Sr., M, Wake Forest

Third Team All-ACC 

Ciaran McKenna, Sr., M, Duke

Cherif Dieye, Jr., M, Louisville

Jack Skahan, Jr., M, North Carolina

Manny Perez, So., F, NC State

Tommy McCabe, Jr., M, Notre Dame

Felicien Dumas, Sr., D, Notre Dame

Kamal Miller, Sr, D, Syracuse

Joe Bell, So., M, Virginia

Henry Kessler, So., D, Virginia

Mathijs Swaneveld, So., GK, Virginia Tech 

Sam Raben, Sr., D, Wake Forest

All-Freshman Team 

Kristofer Konraddson, Fr., M, Boston College

Charlie Asensio, Fr., D, Clemson 

Issa Raayan, Fr., M, Duke

Aedan Stanley, Fr., D, Duke

Chandler Vaughn, Fr., D, Pitt

Ryan Raposo, Fr., M, Syracuse

Daryl Dike, Fr., F, Virginia 

Cabrel Happi Kamseu, Fr., F, Virginia 

Aboubacar Keita, Fr., D, Virginia 

Daniel Steedman, Fr., F, Virginia

Aristotle Zarris, Fr., F, Wake Forest