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March 27, 2023 1:07 pm

Trojans place four on all-conference men’s soccer teams

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The University of Mount Olive men’s soccer team featured four players named to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference Teams announced Nov. 1.

Senior midfielder Roberto Hernandez and sophomore goalkeeper Axel Engine both earned second-team all-conference laurels, while sophomore forward Guilherme Semola and junior defender Amin Ferreira each received third-team all-conference status. Each recipient earned all-conference honors for the first time in their careers from the league.

A two-year member of the program, Hernandez ranked second on the team with 13 points with six goals and one assist in 15 starts. He tied for the team lead and ranked 10th in the conference in goals scored while netting two penalty kicks. A dynamic midfielder, Hernandez battled injury and had nine points (four goals, one assist) over the final four regular season matches.

In his second season as the starter, Engren ranked among the top five in the conference in total saves (64), saves per game (3.76), and save percentage (.719). He registered three shutouts this year while collecting at least five saves in six contests, including a career-high eight in the season-opener. A native of Sweden, Engren tallied all nine victories this season and started all 17 games between the posts.

Semola paced the program with 16 points after tying for the team lead with six goals and four assists while playing in all 17 matches with 15 starts. The 5-foot-10 sophomore ranked in the top 10 in the conference in all major offensive categories, including points, goals, and assists. Semola brought a vibrant energy to balance the offensive attack which featured eight players with at least seven points.

Ferreira anchored the defense this season after starting 16 matches along the backline. His stature and resilience assisted in four shutouts, as he logged 1,305 minutes with three points offensively. A native of Florida, Ferreira played all 90 minutes in nine games this season.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics