Mobile's Stephen Okai is the 2012 NAIA National Player of the Year.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 – The NAIA’s national player of the year highlights the long list of Des Moines Menace alumni who earned college-soccer accolades in 2012.
The University of Mobile’s Stephen Okai, who played for the Menace’s Premier Development League side in 2010, received the NAIA’s top individual honor for 2012. The midfielder from Accra, Ghana scored 10 goals and assist nine more in his senior season.
Okai’s college career ended on the national stage, along with Xavier Audergon (2012 Menace), the Rams’ starting goalkeeper. Mobile reached the NAIA championship – a 2-0 win for Belhaven on Dec. 1. Former Menace teammate Lebogang Moloto (2010-12 Menace), a two-time national champ who led Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) back to the semifinals was named the NAIA Tournament’s offensive MVP, joining Okai on the all-tournament squad.
Congratulations to these honorees:
NAIA National Player of the Year: Stephen Okai (2010), Mobile
NAIA all-America first team: Lebogang Moloto (2010-12), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
NCAA Division-II all-America second team: Taylor Diem (2012), Regis (Colo.)
Junior College Division-I all-America first team: Javi Lopez (2012), Marhalltown Community College
Junior College Division-I all-America second team: Cameron Duckworth (2012), Iowa Central Community College
NCAA Division-I all-South Region first team: Deshorn Brown (2011), Central Florida
NCAA Division-I all-Midwest Region second team: Michael Thaden (2008-10), Drake
NCAA Division-I all-Midwest Region second team: Charlie Bales (2011-12), Western Illinois
NCAA Division-I all-Midwest Region third team: Brian Billings (2012), Bradley
NCAA Division-II all-South Central Region first team: Diem
NCAA Division-II all-Atlantic Region second team: Jeff Kyei (2012), California of Penn.
NCAA Division-II all-South Central Region second team: Justin Ortinau (2012), Regis
NAIA all-South Region first team: Okai
NAIA all-South Region first team: Moloto
Junior College Division-I all-Central Region first team: Lopez
Junior College Division-I all-Central Region second team: Duckworth
All-Conference, NCAA Division I
Horizon League goalkeeper of the year: Kyle Zobeck (2009), Valparaiso
Conference-USA first team: Brown
Missouri Valley Conference first team: Thaden
Summit League first team: Bales
Mid-American Conference first team: Shane Lyons (2011), Western Michigan
Missouri Valley Conference second team: Billings
Big West Conference second team Brendan Roslund (2010), San Francisco
Ivy League honorable mention: Stephen Baker (2010), Penn
Big West Conference honorable mention: Gabe Silveira (2012), Sacramento State
All-Conference, NCAA Division II
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference first team: Kyei
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference second team: Lubos Kubik (2012), California of Penn.
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association honorable mention: Adam Schmoker (2011-12), Northeastern State (Okla.)
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association honorable mention: Jordan Schmoker (2011-12), Northeastern State (Okla.)
Southern States Athletic Conference player of the year: Okai
Midwest Collegiate Conference first team: Noel Medina (Menace Academy), Grand View
Heart of America Athletic Conference second team: Brandon Beresford (2012), Graceland
Midwest Collegiate Conference honorable mention: Adis Mujic (Menace Academy), AIB College of Business
NAIA all-tournament offensive MVP: Moloto
NAIA all-tournament first team: Okai
Summit League all-tournament team: Bales
Finalist, Senior CLASS Award: Zobeck
NAIA academic all-America second team: Moloto
Atlantic-10 academic team: Brandon Fricke (2010-12), Butler
Summit League academic team: Bales
Who else should be on this list? Please email Adam Small with any additions or corrections.
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