Wildcats Place Five on NCCSIA All-State Soccer Teams

Wildcats Place Five on NCCSIA All-State Soccer Teams

Charlotte, N.C. - The Johnson & Wales University men's and women's soccer teams combined to place five student-athletes on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State teams, the university announced on Thursday.

Men's soccer players Jalen Jackson, Sam Fanning, and JT Fucci were joined by women's soccer players Danielle Doyle and Lana Truese as First Team All-State selections.  It is the most selections either program has received in their respective histories.

On the men's side, it continued an awards haul for Jackson and Fanning, who were both honored as First Team USCAA All-Americans earlier this year.  Jackson, a striker, scored 30 goals in 20 games this season for Johnson & Wales, adding nine assists for 69 points. He also recorded four game-winning goals for the Wildcats.  Fanning, a midfielder, tallied 18 points (6 G, 6 A) for the Wildcats in 19 games. He recorded a pair of game-winning goals and notched 15 shots on goal.

Fucci, a center back, recorded 10 points in 12 games for Johnson & Wales. He matched a career-high with four goals with a pair being game-winners for the Wildcats.

Johnson & Wales had the second highest representation on the First Team All-State squad behind only NCAA Division II side Lees-McRae College (four).  Wingate University finished with two selections, while Queens University of Charlotte and University of Mout Olive each placed one player on the team.

On the women's side, Truese and Doyle continued to collect accolades after earning USCAA All-American honors as well.

Truese, a Second Team USCAA All-American, ranked second on the team in both goals (11) and assists (8) and ranked among the top 20 in the nation in both categories.  Doyle became the first Wildcat to earn a first-team all-American nod and led the team in all offensive categories, ranking fourth nationally in goals (21), fifth in assists (10) and fourth in points (52).

The Wildcats were tied with NCAA Division II schools UNC Pembroke and Queens University of Charlotte for most selections to the First Team All-State squad.  Chowan, Wingate, Salem, Meredith, and Brevard each had one player selected to the team.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.