November 14, 2012

Quakers Place Five on All-ODAC Men's Soccer Teams

FOREST, Va. -- Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men's soccer coaches selected five Guilford College students to the 2012 all-league teams released Tuesday. Senior Freddy Gomez earned First Team All-ODAC recognition for the third straight season. Classmates Ronnie Castellanos and Drew Gunter were also First Team All-ODAC selections. Senior Greg Carnovale and junior Michael MacVane received Third Team All-ODAC recognition. Guilford's five All-ODAC selections represent the most in the Quakers' 22 seasons of league membership.

Gomez, a 5-6 midfielder, started in 15 of 18 games and tallied a career-high 12 goals on the year, which rank 11th in school history.  He also had one assist for 25 points on the season, the best mark on the squad. Gomez leads the ODAC with 1.67 points and 0.80 goals per game. He stands second in the conference in points and goals. His four game-winning goals stand fourth in the league. Gomez's best appearances came against Averett University Sept. 2 and versus conference-rival Emory & Henry College Oct. 3, when he scored two goals in both of the Quakers' wins.  

In his 71 career games as a Quaker, Gomez netted 42 goals and 12 assists, which rank second and ninth in school history, respectively.  His 96 career points stand third all-time at Guilford. He earned first-team honors for the third straight season after receiving Second Team All-ODAC recognition as a freshman. Gomez is Guilford's first three-time first-team All-ODAC men's soccer honoree and joins Tim Imafidon '02 as the Quakers' lone four-time All-ODAC selections. Gomez plans to graduate in May with a degree in Spanish.

Castellanos, a 5-5 midfielder, started in 17 games for the Quakers this season. He scored two goals and contributed five assists, which ranked first on the team and 10th in school history. Castellanos led the ODAC in assists and assists per game (0.29). He scored at least one point in seven different games, including the Sept. 19 win over Ferrum, when he netted the game-winning goal.

In his 67 career games at Guilford, Castellanos totaled 47 career points on 17 goals and 13 assists. He leaves ranked 11th among the Quakers' career scoring leaders and seventh in career assists. Castellanos intends to graduate in the spring with degrees in accounting and Spanish.

Gunter, a defensive First Team selection, appeared in 14 of Guilford's games before suffering a season- ending leg injury. He contributed to the Quakers' 1.44 goals against average and five shutouts. Gunter also had a goal and two assists this season. Both of his assists came in the Sept. 2 win over Averett.

In his three seasons as a Quaker, Gunter played in 50 games and tallied nine points on two goals and five assists. He was a Second Team All-ODAC selection in 2010 and served as a team captain this season. He intends to graduate in the spring with a degree in business management.

Carnovale, a 5-8 midfielder, started in all 18 games in Guilford's season and finished with nine points on four goals and one assist, which stood third on the team. A team captain, he scored single goals in four different games, including two game-winning goals in ODAC victories. His tally versus Virginia Wesleyan College Oct. 14 gave the Quakers a 1-0 win and his second-half score Oct. 23 versus Hampden-Sydney College proved the game-winner in a 2-0 victory.

For his career, Carnovale appeared in 52 matches over three seasons. He scored 27 career points on 11 goals and five assists. He scored nine points in each of his three campaigns and five of his goals were game winners. Carnovale is scheduled to graduate in December with his degree in sport management.

MacVane, a 5-11 goalkeeper, started 16 of Guilford's matches this season and is the first Guilford goalie to earn All-ODAC recognition. He stands fourth in the ODAC with 84 saves and allowed 19 goals. He ended the season with a .816 save percentage, which ranks second in the ODAC, and a 1.27 goals against average. MacVane stands third in the league with 5.25 saves per match and also recorded four shutouts, the ODAC's sixth-best total.

Through three Guilford seasons, MacVane has 20 career appearances with 19 starts. He has 105 career saves, a 1.29 goals against average and .808 save percentage.

The five students helped seventh-year head coach Jeff Bateson's Quakers to a 10-8 record, 7-4 in the ODAC. Bateson expects as many as 15 letter winners back in 2013, including MacVane.