DURHAM, N.C.-The Duke University men's soccer team placed three players on the NSCAA All-South Region teams the coaches association recently announced. Juniors Andrew Wenger and James Belshaw and sophomore Sebastien Ibeagha all picked up all-region honors for the Blue Devils.
Wenger was named to the first team for the third straight season, while Belshaw and Ibeagha both were voted to the second team. Ibeagha is one of three sophomores selected for the second team and one of just five overall among the three squads.
Once of the most decorated players in Duke soccer history, Wenger has a laundry list of awards. He recently was named a Hermann Trophy finalist and also was selected to the NSCAA All-America first team for the second straight year. He headlined Duke's offense this season with a league-best 17 goals and 42 points overall to earn the ACC Offensive Player of the Year Award. That honor completed the trifecta of ACC major awards as he was voted the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, respectively. A three-time All-ACC first team choice, Wenger is the first player since Jay Heaps to collect All-ACC first team honors in each of his first three seasons.
Wenger's 17 goals in 2011 are tied for the most in Duke single-season history, while the 42 points are fifth and the most since Brian Kelley had 43 in 1995. In 2011, he registered at least one point in 11 games and twice had a career-best seven points. Wenger netted two hat tricks on the year and had five multiple-goal games.
For his career, Wenger has started all 58 games, played all but 131 minutes in that span and scored 21 goals and 13 assists for 55 points.
Belshaw, Duke's starting goalkeeper for the past three seasons, helped anchor Duke to six shutouts this season. He earned All-ACC first team accolades in 2011 after collected second team honors in 2010. The Nottingham, England native posted a 1.31 goals against average, a .729 save percentage and had 78 saves for Duke this season. . He made a season-high eight saves to lead Duke to a 1-0 victory at Furman and has eight games with five-plus stops. For his career, Belshaw has started 60 games and sports a 1.14 goals against average and a .745 save percentage with 13 shutouts.
Ibeagha, a center back, helped lead Duke's defense this past season to six shutouts. The Houston native recently was called up with Wenger to the U.S. Under-23 National Team. He started 17 games for the Blue Devils in 2011, earning All-ACC second team recognition. An All-ACC Freshman Team pick in 2010, Ibeagha tallied the game-winning goal in Duke's 1-0 win over Furman in 2011 and has one goal and one assist for his career. Overall in his two seasons, Ibeagha has started 33 games and played 2,905 minutes and helping Duke to 12 shutouts.
Duke posted an 11-8-3 record in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round for the third consecutive season.