The Big East men's soccer semifinals are tomorrow after a slight shift in location from Red Bull Arena to PPL Park. That means that the postseason awards will be handed out tonight. We would be irresponsible if we didn't take a completely biased and crazy swing at trying to predict how the league's coaches voted for those awards, so let's get to it, shall we?
Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Finley, Notre Dame. Five more goals than the next best player, and 12 more points than the next best player. Three Offensive Player Of The Week awards, too. Simple.
Defensive Player Of The Year: Andrew Farrell, Louisville. He won Defensive Player Of The Week three times, more than anyone else. Tim Parker from St. John's did win it two times, so he was close.
Midfielder Of The Year: Kyle Soroka, Villanova. Named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll twice and finished eighth in points with 18. Good enough for me.
Goalkeeper Of The Year: Andre Blake, Connecticut. Tempted to go with Georgetown's Tomas Gomez, but he played fewer games. Blake finished with the best goals-against average and the third best save percentage.
Rookie Of The Year: Brandon Allen, Georgetown. He won three Rookie Of The Week awards and finished tied with Marquette's Andy Huftalin for the third most points in the conference.
Coaching Staff Of The Year: Syracuse. Ian McIntyre's staff took a team picked to finish last in the Red Division from a 3-12-1 record last year to 12-6-0 and second place in the division this year.
All Big East First Team:
Brandon Allen, Georgetown
Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut
Andre Blake, Connecticut
Mamadou Diouf, Connecticut
Andrew Farrell, Louisville
Ryan Finley, Notre Dame
Andy Huftalin, Marquette
Steve Neumann, Georgetown
Tim Parker, St. John's
Axel Sjoberg, Marquette
Kyle Soroka, Villanova
Hmm. Seems awfully tilted towards the Blue Division, but the semifinals have the top four teams from the Blue Division, so I guess that makes sense.