banner
Duke

MSOC: Duke's Ibeagha Named ACC Defensive Player of the Year

Posted November 8, 2012

Duke Logo

Duke University junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha was voted by the ACC head coaches as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year to headline the Blue Devils’ 2012 Men’s Soccer All-ACC selections. Senior goalkeeper James Belshaw joined Ibeagha on the first team, while Duke landed one player on both the second and All-Freshman Team.

Sophomore Sean Davis captured second team accolades, while freshman Zach Mathers was voted to the All-Freshman squad. Ibeagha is Duke’s second ACC Defensive Player of the Year since the award began in 2004 and marks the sixth time a Blue Devil has won a major award since 2008. Duke’s four selections overall are tied for fourth most behind Maryland, North Carolina and Wake Forest. The Terrapins led all teams with eight honorees across the three teams.

A four-year starter on defense, Ibeagha was an offensive and defensive threat for the Blue Devils this season. He anchored Duke’s backline to nine shutouts and paced the offense with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Ibeagha had a point in six different games and registered a career-high two goals in the 3-0 win over Georgia State. A force in the air, four of Ibeagha’s five goals came on set pieces, while his fifth tally was in the run of play against the Panthers. A second team selection in 2011 and an All-Freshman pick in 2010, the Houston native is the 12th different Duke defender to earn first team recognition. For his career, Ibeagha has played in 50 games for 4467 minutes and helped Duke to 21 shutouts. Offensively, he has six goals and three assists for 15 points.

Leading Duke’s stalwart defense from the goal, Belshaw has anchored the Blue Devils’ defense each of the past four seasons. He is the first Duke goalkeeper in program history and the ninth in ACC history to earn first team honors twice in his career and is only the third Duke goalie to win multiple All-ACC honors after earning All-ACC second team recognition as a sophomore.

In addition to his stellar play in goal, Belshaw netted his first career goal in 2012, knocking home a penalty kick in a 2-0 win over Clemson. In goal for the Blue Devils, Belshaw registered a career-best eight shutouts and a career-low 0.69 goals against average in 2012. His eight shutouts are tied for eighth in Duke single season history, while his 21 clean sheets are third. A four-year starter in goal the Nottingham, England native played over 7,000 minutes in his career and sports a .766 save percentage and a 1.04 goals against average.

Behind the play of Belshaw and Ibeagha, the Blue Devils’ nine shutouts are the most since 2009, while the team’s 0.70 goals against average is the lowest since the 1987 squad posted a 0.63 goals against average.

Davis, a center midfielder, captured second team honors after leading Duke’s middle third of the field throughout the season. The Holmdel, N.J., native started all 18 games and played all but 18 minutes this season. He registered a pair of assists for the year, including setting up the winning goal against SIU Edwardsville in the regular season finale. After missing the first half of the 2011 season, Davis has played in 30 games with 28 starts and has a goal and four assists for six points. He is one of four sophomores to earn either first or second team recognition.

Mathers helped to anchor Duke’s defense for much of the season. A versatile player who also played an attacking midfield role, Mathers was a part of nine Duke shutouts as well as scoring two goals and four assists for eight points. The native of Keller, Texas registered his first career points with a pair of assists in a 3-0 win over Georgia State. He netted his first career goal with the game winner at Virginia Tech and tallied the game-winning score in the 2-0 win over SIUE. The rookie played in every minute up until the Davidson match, being substituted for nine minutes in that game. Overall, he ranked first among field players in minutes played with 1,652.

Duke is 8-8-2 overall and most recently fell to No. 3 North Carolina in the ACC Quarterfinals. The Blue Devils will await word about a potential NCAA Tournament berth. The 48-team field is set to be announced Monday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m., on NCAA.com.

 

All-ACC First Team
Kyle Bekker, Sr., M, Boston College
Charlie Rugg, Sr., F, Boston College
James Belshaw, GK, Sr., Duke
Sebastien Ibeagha, Jr., D, Duke
Patrick Mullins, Jr., F, Maryland
John Stertzer, Sr., M, Maryland
Mikey Lopez, So., M, North Carolina
Boyd Okwuonu, So., D, North Carolina
Alex Martinez, Jr., M, NC State
Will Bates, Sr., F, Virginia
Jared Watts, Jr., M, Wake Forest

All –ACC Second Team
Austin Savage, Sr., F, Clemson
Sean Davis, So., M, Duke
Mikey Ambrose, Fr., D, Maryland
Taylor Kemp, Sr., D, Maryland
Schillo Tshuma, Fr., F, Maryland
London Woodberry, Sr., D, Maryland
Andy Craven, Jr., F, North Carolina
Danny Garcia, Fr., M, North Carolina
Scott Goodwin, Sr. , GK, North Carolina
Sean Okoli, So., F, Wake Forest
Luca Gimenez, Jr., F, Wake Forest

All-ACC Freshman Team
Derrick Boateng, Fr., F, Boston College
Zach Mathers, Fr., D, Duke
Mikey Ambrose, Fr., D, Maryland
Schillo Tshuma, Fr., F, Maryland
Jonathan Campbell, Fr., D, North Carolina
Danny Garcia, Fr., M, North Carolina
Marcus Salandy-Defour, Fr., M, Virginia
Todd Wharton, Fr., M, Virginia
Darius Madison, Fr., F, Virginia
Michael Gamble, Fr., F, Wake Forest
Collin Martin, Fr., M, Wake Forest
Jalen Robinson, Fr., D, Wake Forest
*An extra member was named to the all-freshman team due to a tie in voting.

ACC Offensive Player of the Year - Patrick Mullins, Jr., F, Maryland
ACC Defensive Player of the Year - Sebastien Ibeagha, Jr., D, Duke
ACC Freshman of the Year - Danny Garcia, Fr., M, North Carolina
ACC Coach of the Year - Sasho Cirovski, Maryland
 

Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Today at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Today at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
EDM 6
CAR 3
12:30pm Today
UVA
UNC
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST
 
Final
SFG 2
KAN 3
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
 
Final
ORL 92
DAL 117
Final
TOR 83
NYK 80
Final
MEM 98
MIA 104
Final
CHI 112
MIN 113
Final
HOU 96
SAN 87
Final
UTA 100
PHO 105
Final
LAL 92
SAC 93
Final
GSW 119
DEN 112
Final
LAC 89
POR 99
Final
CIN 34
SFLA 17
Final
SALABAMA 27
TROY 13
Final
BSU 55
BYU 30
4th
CAL 35
OREG 52
 
12:00pm Today
WISC
MD
12:00pm Today
SMU
MEM
12:00pm Today
ILL
MINN
12:00pm Today
RICE
UNT
12:00pm Today
NEB
RUTG
12:00pm Today
KST
TEX
12:00pm Today
ARK
UAB
12:30pm Today
UVA
UNC
1:00pm Today
EMICH
NILL
1:00pm Today
NAVY
SJST
2:00pm Today
BST
AKR
2:00pm Today
GASTATE
GASO
2:00pm Today
TOL
UMASS
2:00pm Today
WMICH
OHIO
2:00pm Today
COL
UCLA
2:30pm Today
UMO
KSU
3:30pm Today
WAKE
BC
3:30pm Today
BUF
CMICH
3:30pm Today
MARS
FATL
3:30pm Today
PITT
GT
3:30pm Today
SMISS
LATU
3:30pm Today
MSU
MICH
3:30pm Today
KENT
MSST
3:30pm Today
STAN
ORST
3:30pm Today
TCU
TTU
3:30pm Today
OKST
WVU
4:00pm Today
WKENT
ODU
4:00pm Today
UTST
UNLV
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
VANDY
5:00pm Tonight
UCF
TEMPL
6:00pm Tonight
WASU
ARZ
7:00pm Tonight
CLEM
SYR
7:00pm Tonight
LAMON
TXST
7:00pm Tonight
TXSANANTO
UTEP
7:00pm Tonight
COLST
WYO
7:15pm Tonight
LSU
MISS
7:30pm Tonight
TENN
ALA
7:30pm Tonight
AUB
SCAR
8:00pm Tonight
PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
NJD 2
DAL 3
Final
WIN 2
TAM 4
Final
COL 7
VAN 3
Final
EDM 6
CAR 3
Final
ANA 4
CLB 1
4:00pm Today
SJS
BUF
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
BOS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
DET
 
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
NJD
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
NYR
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
PIT
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
TAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
 
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST