AUGUSTA, Ga. - USC Aiken's John Lesko and Troy Watson were selected to the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Men's Soccer All-Conference Team on Friday, Nov. 6.
The PBC announced the 2009 Men's Soccer All-Conference team from a banquet in Evans, Ga., site of the 2009 PBC Tournament.
A preseason All-Peach Belt Conference selection and four-year starter, Lesko was chosen to the second team as a defender.
Lesko finished his senior campaign with three goals and two assists from his central defensive position.
The 2009 team captain, Lesko ends his career as a two-time All-PBC player as he was named to the team at the conclusion of the 2008 season. He was also named to the PBC All-Tournament team in 2008.
A preseason All-Peach Belt Conference selection as well, Watson led the Pacers in 2009 with a team-high seven goals and seven assists for a team-high 21 total points. Named to the 2009 All-PBC team as a second team midfielder, Watson finished the regular season in the top 10 in the PBC in seven different categories.
Watson was selected as the PBC Player of the Week twice in 2009, winning the award on Sept. 9 and Sept. 22.
Watson netted three match-winning shots in 2009.
For the second time in PBC history, the league awarded Co-Players of the Year with Lander's Adam Arthur and Clayton State's Kyle Timm being tabbed with the honor. Flagler's Joseph Toby was named the Freshman of the Year and his head coach, John Lynch, the Coach of the Year.
Arthur becomes the second straight Bearcat to win the Player of the Year honor, joining teammate Aaron Brittain, who won in 2008. A senior from York, England, Arthur leads the Peach Belt with 14 goals scored in 2009. He also leads the league in points with 35 and is tied for second in assists. He leads the conference in six categories, including game-winning goals with four. Arthur was named the 2005 PBC Freshman of the Year and becomes the first men's soccer player ever to receive the Freshman and Player of the Year awards in a career.
Timm is the third Laker to be named the PBC Player of the Year and the second in the last three years after Tonny Madegwa was named a Co-Player of the Year in 2007. A junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, Timm led the Peach Belt Conference in assists with nine and was second in assists per game. A midfielder, he was also instrumental in leading the Clayton State defense, which has allowed a league-low 15 goals to be scored this season.
Toby was a key part of the Flagler offense in becoming the first Saint to receive a major PBC award since the school joined the conference starting with the 2009 season. From Jacksonville, Fla., Toby started in 18 of 19 games in his first season and was fifth on the team with 11 points after scoring three goals with five assists. Toby had the game-winning goal in two contests for Flagler this year and he is ranked in the PBC top 10 in shots and shots per game.
Lynch had the unenviable task of bringing his team into a new conference in 2009, but the coach didn't miss a beat and led the Saints to the 2009 Peach Belt Conference regular season championship and the No. 1 seed for their first PBC Tournament. In his 11th year as the coach of the Saints, Lynch's team is ranked in the top three in the PBC in goals scored and fewest goals allowed.
The 2009 All-Conference team is listed below as selected by the league's head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Aaron Brittain, Lander
Andy Pullin, UNC Pembroke
Nathaniel Foster, Montevallo
Leighton Fredericks, Clayton State
Adam Arthur, Lander
Kyle Clinton, Francis Marion
Kyle Timm, Clayton State
Pol Berenguer, Flagler
Milan Pualic, Montevallo
Troy Watson, USC Aiken
Liam Brown, Clayton State
Ben Chedgy, North Georgia
Jamie Ramm, Lander
Ivan Juric, Francis Marion
John Lesko, USC Aiken
Kevin Partel, Flagler
David Cristofoli, Clayton State
Rade Tanaskovic, North Georgia
Johan Bergfeld, Flagler
Craig Hughes, Lander
Conor Killeen, Flagler
Juan Rivas, Francis Marion
Co-Players of the Year: Adam Arthur,
Kyle Timm, Clayton State
Freshman of the Year: Joseph Toby, Flagler
Coach of the Year: John Lynch, Flagler