Men's Soccer Celebrates with Philly Soccer Seven

PHILADELPHIA--Philadelphia's seven Division I soccer teams attended a banquet and awards ceremony celebrating the 2007 season. Penn took home three honors year-end honors.

Senior Derek Hobson was named to the all-star team.A midfielder from San Diego, Calif., Hobson was Penn leading scorer in 2007 with four goals and four assists. It was his best scoring season of his career with the Quakers and earned him his third consecutive All-Ivy nod and first PS7 All-Star selection.

Junior Alex Grendi earned a statistical honor with the most assists in the PS7. He had seven helpers on the season with two on game-winners. Grendi was the team's second-leading scorer in 2007 with 11 points.

Rounding out the year-end honors, junior Josh Baugh received his second consecutiveJohnMcAdamsAcademic All-Star award. He shared the award with La Salle's Walter McMahon. Baugh returned from injury last season and was a contributor in 2007. He also maintained a stellar 4.0 grade-point average majoring in biological basis of behavior in the College.

All of the PS7's Players of the Week were also honored at the event. Penn boasted four weekly honors which was tied for the most any team received during the season (Drexel and Villanova also had four). Penn's Andrew Ferry won the award Oct. 1 after scoring two goals in the first 30 minutes of a 4-0 win over PS7 rival Saint Joseph’s.

On Oct. 8, junior Mike Klein got the nod for his two goals--including thegame-winner--in a span of five minutes to lift the Quakers over Columbia in the Ivy League opener for both teams.

Newcomer Loukas Tasigianis earned the weekly laurels, Oct. 22 for his impressive display against Yale. Hemade his debut in the starting lineup and scored once very early (25 seconds in) in the game and then again, very late (with an overtime winner in the 101st minute) to give the Quakers the Ivy win over Yale.

Junior Omid Shokoufandeh took home the season's last weekly honor on Nov. 18. The forward was able to find some open net through traffic at the goalmouth in the 89th minute to break a 1-1 stalemate with Cornell and clinch a win for the Quakers.

Villanova took home two of the nights top honors with Team of the Year after an undefeated Soccer Seven slate in which the Wildcats did not allow a single goal and a big non-conference win over top-ranked Duke early in the season. Villanova's sophomore midfielder, Mike Seamon was named the PS7 Player of the Year. He led PS7 scoring with nine goals and 20 points. Former Penn goalkeeper Dan Cepero won the award last season.

Drexel Head Coach Lew Meehl was named the Coach of the Year after his team posted an 11-5-3 record and finished first in the Colonial Athletic Association regular season. Saint Joseph's Colin Barker was named the William "Bill" Wilkinson Freshman of the Year after leading the Hawks in goals and points this season.

The Quakers finished the season 6-9-2 overall and 3-4-0 in the Ancient Eight, good for a tie for fourth in the standings.

2007 Philadelphia Soccer Seven All-Star Team

Player

School

Class

Position

Mackenson Altidor

Temple

Jr.

Defense

Fabio Assumpção

Drexel

So.

Midfield

Anthony Bafile

Drexel

So.

Midfield

Jim Davis

La Salle

Jr.

Defense

Patrick Duddy

Saint Joseph’s

Sr.

Midfield

Jason Friel

Villanova

Sr.

Goal keeper

Derek Hobson

Penn

Sr.

Midfield

Devon Klipp

Philadelphia

Sr.

Forward

Jeremy Ortiz

La Salle

Sr.

Forward

Bryan Ruff

Drexel

Jr.

Defense

Mike Seamon

Villanova

So.

Midfield

Matt Sleece

Villanova

Sr.

Defense

Joe Taylor

Villanova

Jr.

Midfield

Team of the Year: Villanova

Chris Jones Player of the Year: Mike Seamon (Villanova)

Bill Harris Coach of the Year: Lew Meehl (Drexel)

John McAdams Academic Players of the Year: Josh Baugh (Penn), Walter McMahon (La Salle)

William “Bill” Wilkinson Freshman of the Year: Colin Baker (Saint Joseph’s)