CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson men’s soccer program held its annual awards banquet on Saturday, April 2 at the scenic Outdoor Lab on the Clemson University campus. It was a festive atmosphere, as the Tigers had plenty to celebrate, including a run to the NCAA National Championship against Stanford, as well as many individual athletic and academic accomplishments.
The evening began with dinner, followed by opening comments from Associate Athletic Director & Men’s Soccer Sport Supervisor Kyle Young, and the presentation of awards.
Senior goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell was named the Dalton Family Most Valuable Player. Tarbell, also an All-ACC selection, started all 24 games in 2015, recorded 2,244 total minutes and tallied 84 saves. Tarbell led the team in back to back strong penalty shootout showings to advance to the 2015 NCAA National Championship.
Senior defender Kyle Fisher was the Defensive Player of the Year and senior forward T.J. Casner was the Offensive Player of the Year for 2015. Fisher started 20 games and the ACC Defender of the year, anchoring the Clemson back line. Casner scored a team-best ten goals in 2015, including six game winners. Casner was also named to the All-ACC First Team.
Freshman defender Patrick Bunk-Andersen earned the Newcomer of the Year award after posting 2,153 minutes, third-most on the team. Bunk-Andersen was named to Named to TopDrawerSoccer’s Freshman Best XI First Team Named and the ACC All-Freshman Team. Redshirt senior forward Kyle Murphy, for the second year in a row received the Scout Team Player of the Year award, awarded to a player who showed unwavering commitment to preparing the team for upcoming matches throughout the year.
Manager Keith Tormey, senior Paul Clowes and junior Iman Mafi were other recipients of awards for 2015. Tormey, a senior Health Science major and the son of Pearse Tormey, a four-year letterwinner for the Tigers from 1987-90 and member of the 1987 National Championship team was presented this year’s service award. While Clowes earned the 12th Man Solid Orange Award and Iman Mafi was awarded the Coaches Award.
David Torris was the recipient of the second ever I.M. Ibrahim Award. The award was presented by Ibrahim’s widow, Julie and previous award winner Pearse Tormey. The I.M. Ibrahim Award is presented to an alumnus who has made a significant contribution to the program reflecting the passion and values Coach Ibrahim embodied during his Clemson career.
Next, seniors John Cajka, Paul Clowes and manager Keith Tormey took the stage to speak on behalf of the senior class. Cajka, from Greer, South Carolina, gave a humorous speech thanking and recognizing all those involved with the program throughout the season, including members of the support staff, his teammates and especially, his coaches. Clowes and Tormey followed with heartfelt speeches about the highs and lows of the 2015 season. The other four members of the senior class – Murphey, Fisher, Tarbell and Casner– are currently playing professional soccer and were unable to attend, but sent words of thanks and encouragement to those present at the banquet via video.
Head Coach Mike Noonan finished the night by saying, “the best is yet to come and we have unfinished business.”
COMPLETE LIST OF 2014 AWARD WINNERS
Paul Clowes – First Team
Kyle Fisher – First Team
Andrew Tarbell – First Team
T.J. Casner– First Team
Iman Mafi– Third Team
Oliver Shannon- Third Team
Patrick Bunk-Andersen- All-Freshman
ACC Midfielder of the Year
ACC Defender of the Year
College Cup All-Tournament Team
NSCAA All-South Region Team
Paul Clowes- First Team
T.J. Casner- First Team
NSCAA All-American Team
Andrew Tarbell – Second Team
Paul Clowes– Second Team
T.J. Casner – Third Team
12th Man/Solid Orange Award
Paul Clowes – Senior Midfielder
An individual on the team who pursued excellence on and off the field by representing the men’s soccer program in a positive manner.
Keith Tormey – Team Manager
An individual that is external to the team who demonstrated outstanding service directly to the men’s soccer program through their dedication, hard work and efforts.
Freshman – Trey Lanlois & Andrew Burnikel
Sophomore – Chris Heijjer
Junior – Michael Zierhoffer
Senior – Andrew Tarbell
Newcomer of the Year Award
Scout Team Player of the Year
A player that was committed to preparing the team for upcoming matches on a daily basis, pushed the starting eleven in training and was always ready when called upon.
Coach’s Achievement Award
A player whom the coaches feel went above and beyond what was asked in order to unite the team throughout the season.
Defensive Player of the Year
Offensive Player of the Year
I.M. Ibrahim Award
This award shall be given annually to an alumnus who has made a significant contribution to Clemson Men’s Soccer that reflects the passion and values that Coach Ibrahim left during his career as a coach, educator, entrepreneur and champion. The award recipient will be an ambassador for the year for Clemson and the men’s soccer program in memory of Coach Ibrahim.
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