Nov. 4, 2009
America East All-Conference Teams List
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Five men from the Boston University men's soccer team received America East All-Conference honors, the league announced Wednesday afternoon. Junior forward Aaron O'Neal, senior midfielder Samuel Appiah and sophomore midfielder Michael Bustamante were each named to the first team, while sophomore back Colin Henry and freshman midfielder Ade Akinsanya were placed on the Second and All-Rookie teams, respectively.
After earning AE Rookie of the Year honors in 2007 due to tallying 16 points off six goals and four assists, O'Neal had his best regular season yet as a junior. Starting the year by assisting on the game-tying goal against Massachusetts (9/1), he would then score two goals each against then-No. 12 UConn (9/5) and Providence (9/7) before recording another two-goal performance against Rhode Island (9/26). During league play, he scored a goal in three consecutive games and ended the regular season with another at Albany (10/31). His 11 goals and 25 points are the most by a Terrier since Joachim Kaland had 19 and 44, respectively, in 2001.
Named AE Midfielder and Rookie of the Year in 2008, Bustamante earned First Team All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season. Through 17 games, he's already improved upon last year's point total of 13, posting 10 assists and two goals for 14 points. In the 3-2 victory at Albany (10/31), he scored the first goal and then assisted on the next two. Currently ranked eighth in the nation for assists per game (0.59), he also had two-assist performances against Providence (9/7) and Stony Brook (10/3).
A year after earning Second Team All-League honors, Appiah saved his best for last. After totaling 19 points in his first three season, he became more of an offensive threat his final year, recording four goals and five assists for 13 points. Besides scoring two goals against Stony Brook (10/3), he also had a goal and assist against then-No. 23 Brown for a 3-3 tie. In the last two games of the season, he recorded an assist to help propel the Terriers to the conference tournament.
Named to the All-Rookie team last season, Henry had a strong year in the back, helping anchor a defense that has shut out six opponents, including then-No. 12 UConn (9/5) and then-No. 1 St. John's (9/13). Akinsanya was named to this year's All-Rookie team and has played everywhere on the pitch this season from forward to the back. He has two assists on the year and has started every game.
All five men will return to the field on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Hartford in the opening round of the conference tournament. Action is set to begin at 7 p.m.