Members on the Iowa Lakes Men’s Soccer team have received their ‘year-end’ awards under the guidance of Head Coach Ammon Bennett.
Students gathered at the Pizza Ranch to hear what honors the coach would bestow upon them.
The Most Improved player was Zach Norman of Corinne, Utah. He was credited with working hard throughout the season and often taking on the opposing team’s top offensive threat.
“He worked hard all year and always asked the coaches what he could do to get better,” said Coach Bennett.
The Most Dedicated award went to Justin Boyce of North Logan, Utah.
“He made every practice, never complained, and took on different roles throughout the season,” Coach Bennett said. “He eventually would anchor himself in the middle as a constant force defensively.”
Offensive Most Valuable Player went to Thomas Carbonari of Jundiai-Sao Paulo, Brazil. He led the team in points and could also play multiple positions on the field.
“He was often a difference maker and his enthusiasm for soccer and life where infectious for both his coaches and his teammates,” according to Coach Bennett.
Defensive Most Valuable Player was awarded to Daniel Ramirez of Waco, Texas, for his ability to stop the attack and his great sense to get involved in the attack from his fullback position.
“With the ball skill of a midfielder, he gave the opposing teams fits with his ability to bring the ball out of the back and help get the offensive going,” Coach Bennett said of Ramirez.
Ramirez was also the recipient of the Players Award which is based on hard work, dedication, ability on the field and overall great play, as voted on by fellow team members.
Credited with being one of the most versatile players on the squad, Jaycson Yeates of Millville, Utah, was selected as the Overall Most Valuable Player.
“He anchored a midfield that at times struggled to find itself,” said Coach Bennett. “He played through injuries, never complained to coaches and helped the Lakers to stay competitive.”
His ability as a defender and his passing skills made him one of the better players in the league, according to Coach Bennett. Yeates played almost every minute of every game.
The Coaches award was bestowed upon Filipe Molina of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“As coaches we had no expectations of this player from this player. He wasn’t recruited by us and when we first saw him practice we were unimpressed,” Coach Bennett said. “This player was not going to be a starter. In fact, we didn’t know if he would even play.”
But Molina wouldn’t quit.
“He kept working, he kept being positive, he became a voice of positive influence to the coaches and his teammates and when the time came and he got his chance to play he stepped up and did a great job,” he said. “Filipe became a starter not because he is the best player or the fastest… He became the starter because he earned it.”
The Laker Men ended the season 6-15 overall during a building season for the team.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Iowa Lakes Soccer program may contact either Coach Ammon Bennett at 712-580-8609 or Assistant Coach Van Roekel at 712-580-8640.