Cedergren & Irving Dominate Conference USA Year-End Awards

By Jacob Most
Nov. 11, 2014 -

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s soccer head coach Johan Cedergren was named Conference USA Coach of the year on Tuesday. UK  goalkeeper Callum Irving picked up three individual accolades, headlining a Wildcat-studded list of awards for the 2014 season.

Callum Irving all-but swept the player awards as he was voted C-USA Player of the Year and Defensive Most Valuable Player, in addition to earning the Golden Glove Award for notching the most shutouts in league play (five). He also was named to the All-Conference First Team.

Cedergren is the first UK coach to be voted C-USA Coach of the Year (UK has been in C-USA in men’s soccer since 2005). UK last had a head coach named Conference Coach of the year in 2001 while the team played in the Mid-American Conference.

Irving is UK’s first-ever C-USA Player of the Year. He’s the first Wildcat to earn conference player of the year since Jamal Shteiw did so in the MAC in 2004.

UK’s 2014 Conference USA Awardees
•    Johan Cedergren – C-USA Coach of the Year
•    Callum Irving – C-USA Player of the Year, Defensive MVP and Golden Glove Award
•    First Team All-Conference – Irving, Napo Matsoso, Jordan Wilson
•    Second Team All-Conference – Justin Laird
•    Third Team All-Conference – Kristoffer Tollefsen
•    C-USA All-Freshman Team – Stefan Stojkovic, Hampus Agerstrom

Kentucky had a total of seven players earn All-Conference honors.

Three players were named to the First Team (Irving, Jordan Wilson and Napo Matsoso). Justin Laird was named to the second team, and Kristoffer Tollefsen was named to the third team.

Two of UK’s freshmen, Stefan Stojkovic and Hampus Agerstrom, were named to the C-USA All-Freshman team.

Irving led C-USA and ranks 12th nationally in save percentage (.836), while tying for third in NCAA with 10 solo shutouts. Led by Irving, the Wildcats rank eighth in the NCAA in goals against average, allowing just 0.63 goals a game, which was also best in the C-USA.

Cedergren has overseen a 2014 UK team that has three wins against current RPI Top-30 teams, including road victories at No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 26 UAB.

UK concluded the regular season 6-1-3 in its last 10 games, finishing second in Conference USA, with a record of 5-1-2. The one loss came at the hands of RPI No. 3 Charlotte by a 2-1 margin.

UK went on a nine-match unbeaten run from Sept. 23 to Nov. 2. The Wildcats were 6-0-3 during that run, including wins over then-No. 21 UAB on the road and against then-No. 9 New Mexico at home.

The Wildcats defense allowed 12 goals all season, six of them having come in conference play. UK finished the regular season with a +12 goal margin.

Kentucky registered a C-USA-best 10 shutouts this season (8-0-2).

The Wildcats will begin the post season in the C-USA Tournament First Round against South Carolina on Wednesday.

Player of the Year
Callum Irving
Defensive MVP
Callum Irving
Golden Glove Award
Callum Irving, Kentucky (five shutouts)
Coach of the Year
Johan Cedergren
All-Conference USA First Team
GK: Callum Irving
D: Jordan Wilson
MF: Napo Matsoso

All-Conference USA Second Team
F: Justin Laird

All-Conference USA Third Team
MF: Kristoffer Tollefsen

All-Freshman Team
Hampus Agerstrom, Kentucky
Stefan Stojkovic, Kentucky