WINTHROP, Mass. – After posting its highest win total since the 2008 season, the Norwich University men's soccer team cleaned up in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference awards list announced on Monday.
Norwich had eight players earn GNAC All-Conference recognition, tying Saint Joseph's (Maine) for the most honorees. The Cadets posted a 14-4-1 record and lost 3-2 to Saint Joseph's (Maine) in the GNAC Semifinals, which was the highest win total since 18 wins in 2008.
Freshmen Joseph Thongsythavong (Salem, Mass.) and Robert Wagenseller (Poway, Calif.), as well as senior Josue Lopez (Chula Vista, Calif.) and sophomore Alex Brannan (Oneonta, N.Y.) were named to the GNAC Second Team, while senior Dashiell Vermilya (Montpelier, Vt.) earned Third Team honors.
Kalombo, Arreola and Lopez all made instant impacts for Norwich in their first year in the Maroon & Gold after transferring from Newbury College after it closed this past spring.
Kalombo played and started in 17 games as a first-year captain and center back. He scored four goals for eight points and was leaned on heavily to lead a young Cadets' defense. He earned GNAC Player of the Week honors in September.
Arreola was one of just four players to play and start in all 19 games for Norwich this season. He was a rock in the midfield, scoring two goals and adding one assist for five points, including scoring two game-winning goals in the Cadets' first two games of the season.
Nemeye earned his second GNAC All-Conference recognition after earning Second Team honors last season. Nemeye caught fire in the second half of the season, scoring 10 goals and adding six assists for 26 points. He ranked fifth in the GNAC with seven goals and five assists for 19 points in conference games. He earned GNAC Player of the Week honors once.
Thongsythavong burst onto the scene as an immediate scoring threat in his first season in the Maroon & Gold. He led the team with 11 goals and six assists for 28 points. He earned GNAC Rookie of the Week honors once and tallied two hat tricks in his first collegiate season.
Wagenseller played and started every game in goal this season. He played 1,668 minutes, compiling a 14-4-1 record with a .800 save percentage and a 0.81 goals against average. He earned three GNAC Goalkeeper of the Week selections, posted five solo shutouts and assisted in three more team shutouts.
Lopez tied for third on the team in scoring, providing five goals and two assists for 12 points as an attacking midfielder in in his lone season with the Cadets. Lopez scored one game-winning goal on the year.
Brannan earned GNAC All-Conference honors for the first time after he played and started in all 19 games. He scored twice, including a highlight-reel goal with one second left on the clock to lift Norwich to a 3-2 win over Univ. of St. Joseph (Conn.). He also was the Cadets' primary set-piece taker and notched a team-leading eight assists on the season, which also tied for the GNAC lead.
Vermilya earned GNAC Third Team All-Conference honors for the first time in his career after earned second team honors last season. He has been a staple on the Cadets' back line and defensive midfield for the last four seasons. He played and started in all 19 games this season, notching three assists. He also played in 72 games in his career with 60 starts, including nearly every game the last three seasons.
Senior Julius Davis (Peabody, Mass.) was named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship team. Davis collected four assists to rank tied for fourth on the team.
Norwich reached the 10-win plateau for the 14th straight season and also advanced to the GNAC semifinal round for the 16th straight season, which are the longest streaks in the conference.
Head coach Adam Pfeifer concluded his fourth season at the helm of the program and has compiled a 48-15-14 record in his career at Norwich with 27 All-Conference selections.