PHILADELPHIAThe Philadelphia Soccer Seven held its annual banquet Tuesday night to celebrate past season and honor the accomplishments of the area teams. Penn goalkeeper Daniel Cepero was named the Chris Jones Player of the Year while Head Coach Rudy Fuller was named the Bill Harris Coach of the Year.
Cepero compiled a stellar season for the Quakers between the pipes. The goalie led the Soccer Seven with a stingy 0.76 goals-against average, an .826 save percentage and eight shutouts this season. He helped the Quakers finish with a 9-4-2 record which was good enough for second place in the Ivy League this year.
For his solid play this season, Cepero was named to the All-Ivy League first team. He holds Penn’s career record for shutouts with 23 clean sheets in his four years with the Red and Blue. He is a two-time Soccer Seven All-Star, including his selection this year, and he was a five-time member of the Soccer Seven Honor Roll this season.
He was also recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as Third Team All-Regional selection. He capped his collegiate career last week when the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer drafted him in the fourth round of the supplemental draft.
Coach Rudy Fuller of Penn was the recipient of the Bill Harris Coach of the Year award for a second consecutive year. Fuller guided the Quakers to a hot start, winning seven of their first 10 matches including the prestigious Mayor’s Cup hosted by Hartwick College. The team finished 9-4-2 on the season and led the Ivy League for the majority of the season with a loss to Dartmouth and a draw with Brown as the lone blemishes on its conference record.
Fuller coached three players to Soccer Seven All-Star status and the Quakers garnered Player of the Week awards five times this season.
Penn sophomore Mike Klein was also honored as the Soccer Seven’s season assist leader as well as two-time player of the week. He was also named an All-Star along with teammates Cepero and Keith Vereb.
Penn sophomore Josh Baugh garnered the Soccer Seven’s John McAdams Academic Player of the Year honors. Baugh is a pre-med major at Penn specializing in the biological basis of behavior. In his two years as a Quaker, Baugh has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average while contributing to the success of Penn’s soccer team.
The La Salle Explorers were named the Philadelphia Soccer Seven 2006 Team of the Year as selected by the leagues’ coaches. The Explorers finished the season with a 7-9-2 record overall and a perfect 2-0 mark in Soccer Seven matches.
Other area players named to the All-Star team include: Matt Tompkins (Philadelphia U), Fabio Assumpção (Drexel), Jim Davis (La Salle), Jeremy Ortiz (La Salle), Ryan Heins (Temple), Matt Maher (Temple), Mike McInaw (Saint Joseph’s), Joe Taylor (Villanova).
Assumpção was also named the Soccer Seven Freshman of the Year.