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James Named PAC Player of the Year; Balde Earns Second Team Selection

Nov. 12- GREENVILLE, Pa.- Bethany senior forward Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) was named 2013 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Year while teammate Lamine Balde (Guinea, West Africa/William L. Sayre) earned Second-Team All-PAC announced the league office Tuesday.

For James, this is the second consecutive year he has been selected as the PAC Player of the Year and concludes his career as a four-year, First-Team All-PAC selection. James finished his career tied for second in school history with 66 career goals and is third with 156 points.

For a second consecutive year, James led the PAC in goals (18), shots (89), points (41), points per game (2.20), and goals per game (0.90). He led the league and set a career high in assists (8) and game winning goals (5). In addition to leading the conference in a host of offensive categories, James ranked seventh in total points, and 11th in points per game. He also ranked 12th nationally in goals and 15th in goals per game.

“Ark was fantastic in his four years at Bethany. He’s one of the best players to ever play at the school and it is represented by him being named a First-Team All-Conference selection all four years,“remarked head coach Sean Regan. “We will miss James and the leadership he brings to the field but I wish him the best and hopefully we will see him play at the next level.”

This is the second year in a row that Balde was named a Second-Team All-PAC selection. Balde had an impressive senior season for the Bison, as he set career highs in goals (9), assists (6)  and points (24) and ranked second in the conference in shots (81), shots per game (4.05), points (24) and was tied for third in goals.

“This is a great honor for Lamine being named Second-Team All-PAC. He was one of the best strikers in the conference for us this season,” commented Regan. “Lamine continued to improve during his four years at Bethany and had his best season during his senior year which you can see represented in his statistics.”

The senior duo were a formidable force on the offensive front where they led the Bison to the third most goals (37) and points (98) in the conference.

Bethany finished the season with a 7-12-1 record and just missed out on making the PAC playoffs.