NORCROSS, Ga. ---- The Southern States Athletic Conference released its regular season men's soccer awards, and Auburn Montgomery was well represented. Twelve Warhawks were recognized, highlighted by first-team all-conference honors for senior defender Matias Aristegui, junior goalie Vignir Johannesson and freshman forward Agust Arnarson.
Junior defender Taian Souza and sophomore midfielder Elvar Sigurdsson earned second-team all-conference honors, while Arnarson joined teammates Niklas Hunold, Alexander Neubarth and Sebastian Wladyko on the all-freshmen team.
AUM joined Mobile in leading the conference with three players represented on the all-conference first-team.
Aristegui has started all 19 games he has appeared in, picking up two goals and an assist while leading a stringent defense in front of Johannesson. AUM defenders allowed only 235 shots on goal this year, compared to 375 for the Warhawks.
Johannesson has a 14-3-2 record in goal, with nine shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.07. He was a three-time winner of the SSAC Defensive Player of the Week award, and he was selected as the NAIA Defensive Player of the Week in October. Johannesson went over 284 minutes without allowing a goal from Sept 8-22.
The Kopavogur, Iceland, was also the team's representative on the Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team. The team is made up of athletes who best represent their teams based on respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
Arnarson leads the Warhawks in goals (12), points (30) and game-winning goals (4). He is also second on the team with six assists. His season-best performance came against Lee on Oct. 11, when he scored all three goals for AUM in a 3-2 double-overtime victory.
Souza has been strong on both sides of the ball this season on his way to earning a spot on the all-conference second-team. The junior leads all defenders with seven points. He has two goals and three assists. Both goals have been game winners, including last weekend's late winner over Southern Poly in the SSAC final.
Sigurdsson leads the team with seven assists and 78 shots, and he is second in goals (9) and points (25). He was recognized as the SSAC Offensive Player of the Week in October after recording five points in consecutive games against Brewton-Parker and Emmanuel.
AUM led all teams with four representatives on the SSAC All-Freshmen team.
Hunold saw a steady increase in playing time throughout the season. The defender has appeared in all 21 games, with 15 starts. He scored his only goal of the season against Brewton-Parker on Sept. 28.
Neubarth started 14 of the 16 games he has played in, and he leads all defenders with three goals. He scored AUM's only goal against top-ranked Lindsey Wilson, and he also scored a crucial game-tying goal late against Spring Hill in October.
Wladyko emerged as an intimidating presence in the AUM midfield. He has four goals and two assists, and he is third on the team in shots (46). He scored the only goal in AUM's early victory over Freed-Hardeman, and he also had the game-winning goal against Faulkner with a scintillating free kick effort.
Sigurdsson, Souza, Zack Chanthongphio, Christian Holthaus, Cesar Kestring and Bosko Kovacevic also made the SSAC All-Academic team. The Warhawks have had the top team grade-point average at AUM for the past two years.
To qualify for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have completed two terms of attendance and earned at least 24 semester hours of college level work, have attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher based on all courses attempted at the current institution and from all previously attended institutions attended, and be participating in his or her sport during the semester in which the nomination is made.
AUM begins play in the NAIA National Tournament against Florida Memorial on Saturday. The Opening Round match starts at 1 p.m. at the AUM Soccer Complex.