Traut, Mattos, Pinheiro Named All-Regional
ALBANY, N.Y. – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday its selections for the All-Regional First, Second, and Third teams. The University at Albany had three representatives among the selections, senior defenders Keith Traut and Bernardo Mattos, and junior forward Afonso Pinheiro.
Traut, who hails from College Point, N.Y., was named to the All-East First Team. Traut started all 21 games for the Great Danes this season, and led the team in minutes played. He even contributed two goals and one assist. Traut was UAlbany’s sole representative on the America East All-Conference First Team, and was named conference All-Academic for the second consecutive year. His 71 games played rank eighth in program history, and his 61 starts rank ninth.
Mattos, from São Paulo, Brazil, was named to the All-East Second Team. Mattos missed the first handful of games due to injury, but started all 17 games in which he appeared. Like Traut, Mattos scored two goals and had one assist on the season. He was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week on October 17, and was named America East All-Conference Second Team, and America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Mattos’ 72 games played rank in a tie for sixth in program history, as do his 65 starts.
Traut and Mattos were part of a defense that gave up 24 goals in 21 games this season. After losing 5-3 at Boston College on September 20, the UAlbany defense let up just seven goals in its next 13 games, including a shutout in the rematch with the Eagles, leading up to their NCAA Sweet 16 matchup with #3 Clemson. The Great Danes went 10-2-1 in those games, scoring 29 goals. The defense allowed no goals during the America East Tournament, and recorded its third consecutive shutout in the second round of the NCAA tournament against Boston College. Even with the 3-1 loss at Clemson to end their season, the Great Danes gave up just 10 goals in their final 14 games, after allowing 14 in their first seven.
Five other America East student-athletes were named to the All-East First Team: goalkeeper Austin Kroll, midfielder Jakov Basic, and forward Wuilito Fernandes from UMass-Lowell, midfielder Christopher Wingate from New Hampshire, and forward Brian Wright from Vermont.
Pinheiro, another São Paulo, Brazil native, was named to the All-East Second Team, after being a First Team member last year. Pinheiro, who also started all 21 games on the schedule, led the team in points and goals this season, with 31 and 13 respectively. He also added five assists over the course of the season. Pinheiro rewrote the career offensive record book for UAlbany this season, becoming the all-time program leader in career points with 73, and the program’s all-time Division I leader in goals with 31. He also ranks in a tie for eighth in program history in assists with 11. Pinheiro’s 31 points rank first in program history for a single season, and his 13 goals rank second, displacing his own mark of 11 from 2015. One of those goals was the game-winner in the America East final against Hartford, a penalty kick in the 89th minute, that clinched the programs first-ever America East title and NCAA tournament berth. Pinheiro was named to the MAC Hermann preseason watch list, was named America East Player of the Week on October 10, was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team, and named to the America East All-Tournament Team.
The 2016 Great Dane offense ranks second in program history in points scored, points per game, goals per game, and assists per game with the 2008 squad, and its 39 goals match the team from 2008 for the most in a single season in program history.
Two other America East student-athletes were selected to the Second Team: forward Ivan Abramovic from UMass-Lowell, and forward Christopher Arling from New Hampshire.
The Third Team had five America East players selected: defender Eric Martin from UMass-Lowell, defender Lalaina Randriamanantena from New Hampshire, midfielder Udi Cohen from Hartford, midfielder Serge Gamwanya from Stony Brook, and forward Bernard Yeboah from Vermont.