By: Jill Wunrow
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay (10-6-1, 5-3 HL) men's soccer senior Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wis.) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Year while three of his teammates were recognized by fellow Horizon League coaches for their performance throughout the season. Stuart Grable (Neenah, Wis.) and Andrew Stone (Green Bay, Wis.) were Second Team All-League selections while freshman Kirby Allen (Appleton, Wis.) was named to the All-Newcomer Team, announced by the league office Monday.
Walls is the third player in the history of the Green Bay men's soccer program to be named the conference Player of the Year and second in three years to receive the honor for the Phoenix. This year marks the fourth consecutive season Green Bay has had four players represented on the Horizon League postseason teams and ninth year in a row a Phoenix player has been named a First Team All-League selection in Walls.
"I think Tony is clearly the most complete, best player we have in the conference," said first year head coach Kris Kelderman. "He is a very talented player who's very consistent, plays with a lot of heart and one that we can count on every day to be the best player on the field."
Walls picks up his third consecutive First Team All-League honor after leading Green Bay with six goals and 17 points while starting every game this season. Walls' six goals are ranked seventh among league players and his five assists are tied for third-best in the league. His freshman year (2008), Walls was a Second Team All-League selection in addition to being named Newcomer of the Year.
"This is a great personal accomplishment. Even though I didn't have the most goals and assists in the league it just goes to show there are other things I can do to that are effective for our team," said Walls. "It's just another step along our journey, we have important games coming up and I'm just focusing on that right now."
Senior captain(Neenah, Wis.) received the first All-League selection of his career as he was named to the Second Team. The most versatile player for the Phoenix, Grable leads Green Bay and the league with six assists on the year.
"Stuart could have played in numerous spots for us this year," Kelderman said of Stuart's versatility. "He may not have been thrilled at first to play left back for us but he handles the position very well and knows his versatility helps our team be the best it can be."
Like Grable, Green Bay defender(Green Bay, Wis.) earned Second Team All-League honors for the first time in his collegiate career. The junior anchors the Phoenix defense, helping guide it to four shutouts on the year.
"Andrew has done a great job all year at keeping tabs on our opponents' biggest scoring threat," said Kelderman. "I'm excited for Andrew for next year because I think he's a guy that has a lot of potential to get better."
For the sixth year in a row, Green Bay is represented on the conference All-Newcomer Team as freshman(Appleton, Wis.) received the honor. While treating back pain all season, the 5-10 forward scored four goals for the Phoenix including a game-winning double overtime goal against Dayton Sept. 18. Allen also sealed Green Bay's 2-0 win over Wisconsin Oct. 19.
"The fact that I still don't think he's 100 percent fit from an injury that dates back to this summer is promising for his future," said Kelderman. "We look forward to big things from him as he gains more experience and gets to 100 percent."
Green Bay hosts No. 5 seed UIC (9-6-3, 3-4-1 HL) Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium in the first round of the Horizon League Championship.
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The entire list of All-League and All-Newcomer Team selections are as follows:
First Team All-League
Tony Walls, Green Bay
Stefan Antonijevic, Valparaiso
Ivan Stanisavljevic, UIC
Admir Suljevic, Cleveland State
Aaron Adkins, Cleveland State
Bryce Rockwell-Ashton, Wright State
Eric Frazier, UIC
Austin Oldham, Butler
Manual Conde, Cleveland State
Brian Cothern, Wright State
Kyle Zobeck, Valparaiso
Second Team All-League
, Green Bay
Robert Refai, Milwaukee
Wei Ming-Wong, Valparaiso
Jonathon Smith, Valparaiso
, Green Bay
Zach Steinberger, Butler
Aslinn Rodas, Cleveland State
Guy Shabtay, Valparaiso
Paul Tracy, UIC
James Howe, Loyola
Brad Stuver, Cleveland State
Craig Feehan, Wright State
Justin Laird, Wright State
Zach Steinberger, Butler
Mike Derezic, Cleveland State
Eric Nieto, Valparaiso
, Green Bay
Gustav Svensson, Wright State
Brian Bement, Loyola
Zev Taublieb, Valparaiso
Jesus Torres, UIC
Gerardo Saavedra, Milwaukee
Player of the Year: Tony Walls, Green Bay
Offensive Player of the Year: Ivan Stanisavljevic, UIC
Defensive Player of the Year: Stefan Antonijevic, Valparaiso
Goalkeeper of the Year: Kyle Zobeck, Valparaiso
Newcomer of the Year: Craig Feehan, Wright State
Coach of the Year: Mike Avery, Valparaiso
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