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Four Wildcats Named to All-State Soccer Team

Four Wildcats Named to All-State Soccer Team

Mount Olive, NC - The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association released its 2018 All-State Men's and Women's Soccer Teams on Monday, and the Wildcats were well represented. The NCCSIA, founded in 2002, is comprised of sports information professionals at colleges and universities throughout North Carolina, and includes in its membership NCAA D-I, D-II, D-III, NAIA, USCAA and independent schools. The NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (all other divisions) in men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, softball, and baseball. Nominations for all-state teams are submitted by member sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.

Danielle Doyle earned 1st Team All-State honors in women's soccer for the third consecutive year. She is only the third women's soccer player to be named 1st Team All-State three times in the history of the award. The senior from Central Islip, NY led the Wildcats in Goals, Assists, and Points in 2018. Her 42 points led all women's soccer players in the state, and had 4 game winning goals this season. For her career, she scored an incredible 69 goals in 65 career games. She was also named 1st Team USCAA All-American for the second consecutive year, and is a three-time USCAA All-Academic Team member.

Julio Pena is the first Johnson & Wales goalkeeper to earn an All-State Team selection, making the College Division 1st Team. The 2018 USCAA 1st Team-All American led the nation with a 0.60 Goals Against Average, and finished sixth in Save Percentage (.837). Pena, a native of Lincolnton, was second in the USCAA, posting six solo shutouts this season, whie combining with Andrew Sanchez for a seventh. He had a streak of 327 minutes and 50 seconds of not allowing a goal spanning five matches this season. He had season-highs of six saves in wins over Piedmont Intenational and Washington Adventist.

Mo Baskaron capped his stellar Wildcat career with a 2nd Team College Division All-State team selection. Baskaron equaled his career high with three goals in 2018. He was remarkably accurate with his shots, as 90% of his chances were on frame. He worked hard in the midfield both offensively and defensively for Johnson & Wales. He used his skill and knowledge to create many chances for his teammates, as he was tasked with taking all free, corner, and penalty kicks when he was on the pitch. For his career, the Matthews native converted on 8 of 10 penalty kick opportunities. Baskaron adds the All-State selection to the 2nd Team USCAA All-American and USCAA National Championship All-Tournament Team honors he picked up earlier this month.

J.T. Fucci becomes the first Wildcat men's soccer player to garner multiple All-State team selections. The senior from Medford, NY was also named to the 2017 NCCSIA College Division All-State 1st Team. He added national recognition this year when he was tabbed as a USCAA 1st Team All-American, and also named to the 2018 USCAA National Championships All-Tournament Team. The heart and soul of the Wildcats, Fucci finished his career with 24 points, most among all defenders. A tireless worker, Fucci led all JWU field players in minutes played per match. He used his speed and skill to mark players that were often several inches taller than him. He also captained a defense that allowed the fewest goals per game in the USCAA, 0.60. 

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