Men’s Soccer Players Collect CAA Honors

Posted: November 16, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Soccer player Noreiga
Anthony Noreiga

Senior Anthony Noreiga, a business major, became the first men’s soccer player in George Mason history to be named Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Player of the Year.

Seniors Karim Manneh and Teba McKnight also collected conference accolades as both forwards were named to the All-CAA Second Team.

Noreiga anchored a Patriot defense that recorded five shutouts this season, including four in CAA play. Mason limited seven of the 11 conference opponents to one goal or less. A three-year starter, Noreiga scored his fourth career goal and his lone goal of the 2005 campaign in Mason’s season-opening 3-2 win at Liberty (Sept. 2). The Trinidad native was named to the adidas/Brown Classic All-Tournament Team on Sept. 11 in Providence, R.I., and this marks Noreiga’s first postseason conference honor in his three-year career at Mason.

Manneh played in 17 of Mason’s 18 games this season and finished the year tied in first among his teammates with four goals and second in points with nine. One of Manneh’s four goals this season was when he scored the overtime goal to propel Mason to a 1-0 win over Penn State on Sept. 24. Manneh played two seasons with the Patriots, saw action in 37 games and was in the starting lineup in 30 of those contests.

McKnight started every game during the 2005 campaign and finished first among Patriots in points (12), as well as assists (4) and tied Manneh in goals with four. McKnight scored a goal and dished out an assist to help lead Mason to a 3-2 victory over Drexel on Oct. 23 and also netted two goals in the Patriots 3-1 win over La Salle on Sept.20.

Along with Noreiga, McKnight was named to the adidas/Brown Classic All-Tournament Team on Sept. 11. This marks McKnight’s second-straight All-CAA Second Team nod as the senior forward was named to this team in 2004.

The Patriots finished the year seventh in the CAA with a conference mark of 3-3-4 and an overall record of 7-7-4.

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