CLINTON, S.C. – Four Presbyterian College men’s soccer players were honored by the Big South on Friday morning, as the league announced its annual awards. Mason Lewis and Cade Crow were named to the All-Conference Second Team, while Connor Behrend earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. Sergio Pinto earned a spot on the All-Freshman team, while Behrend was PC’s representative on the All-Academic team.
Lewis, Crow and Behrend are the first three PC men’s soccer players to earn Big South All-Conference awards of any kind. Previously, PC has had three players named to the All-Freshman team, but had never had a player to earn a spot on any of the Big South All-Conference teams. The honors come in PC’s best season in the Big South to date, as the Blue Hose earned its highest ever regular season finish and seed in the Big South tournament at fifth, coming under first-year head coach Jonathan Potter. The program also established new high-water marks for victories for both overall wins in Division I (6) and Big South victories (4).
Lewis earned a spot on the second team squad as a forward, after leading PC in goals (7) and points (17) on the season. The senior finished the regular season tied for fifth in the Big South in goals overall and tied for second for goals in conference matches with 4. The native of Myrtle Beach, S.C. led the conference in game-winning goals, putting PC in front for good four times on the year.
Crow was PC’s second-leading scorer and tied Lewis and Pinto for the team-lead in assists with three. The senior midfielder, who made the squad as an at-large selection, led PC in points in conference play, totaling 10 points to tie for third-most in the Big South. The native of Liberty, Mo. also netted four goals in conference play to tie for the team lead and rank second in the conference.
Behrend was in goal for all of PC’s victories this season and was twice named Big South Player of the Week. The junior finished third in the Big South in goals-against average (1.14), second in save percentage (.812), second in saves per game (5.12) and third in shutouts (4). Behrend, a native of St. Simons Island, Ga., recorded 11 saves against Longwood on October 15, which tied for the most by a Big South player this season. Behrend also claimed a spot on the All-Academic team, recorded a 3.33 grade point average as a political science major, while minoring in pre-law and history.
Pinto rounded out the group for PC with his All-Freshman honor, after finishing third on the team in goals and tying for the team-lead in assists. The rookie accounted for two game-winning goals, as well as a team-leading two game-tying goals in his first season with the program. The native of Mexico City, Mexico started in every game and was one of just four PC players to find the net in a conference match. He is the first PC player to be named to the Big South All-Freshman team since Matt Manter in 2012.