MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – High Point University men’s soccer places three players on the 2018 NCCSIA All-State list, with Johnny Fenwick, Ilias Kosmidis and Rashid Tetteh all earning nods. Fenwick and Kosmidis both received First-Team recognition, with Tetteh taking a spot on the Second Team.
The NCCSIA annually recognizes a total of 22 student-athletes from Division I men’s soccer programs in the state of North Carolina, with players earning nominations and votes from residing sports information professionals within the state. Fenwick’s honor is his third All-State recognition, after making Second-Team appearances in both 2015 and 2017. Tetteh was named a First-Teamer just last season, while Kosmidis receives designation in his first year of collegiate soccer in the state of North Carolina.
The three Panthers honored, help their team to its most successful season in Division I history, pushing HPU to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship tournament. With Fenwick at the captain’s helm, High Point set a D1 program record in regular season winning percentage while winning a second straight Big South regular season title and an at-large bid to the national tournament.
Both Fenwick and Tetteh led a back-four that secured seven shutouts over the course of the season, along with a goals against average of just 0.99. In addition to earning Big South Attacking Player of the Year, Kosmidis’ 10 goals rank 35th in all of Division I men’s soccer while his five game-winners sit fifth.
Still just a junior, Kosmidis will be returning for a second season with the Panthers in 2019, watching his fellow honorees graduate this coming May. As seniors spending their final year at HPU, Fenwick and Tetteh’s retiring class finish tied for most Big South victories in program history (22), with two conference championships and a single trip to the NCAA tournament.
Seven different programs from the state of North Carolina were represented on this year’s list of honorees, including players from fellow Big South rivals Campbell and Gardner-Webb. The University of North Carolina Charlotte is the only program to have more players represented than HPU on this year’s First-Team (4) and is the only program other than High Point to have players from multiple positions on that list.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2018 University Division All-State Men’s Soccer Teams
First Team Pos. Name Class School Hometown GK Elliot Panicco ! R-Jr. Charlotte Huntersville, N.C. D Callum Montgomery # Sr. Charlotte Victoria, B.C., Canada D Johnny Fenwick @* Sr. High Point Newcastle upon Tyne, England D Michael Barrow So. Campbell Liverpool, England D Luke Matthews @ Jr. Elon Swindon, England M Tommy Madden # Sr. Charlotte Burtonsville, Md. M Teddy Chaouche @ Jr. Charlotte Carpentras, France M Jack Hoey Sr. Gardner-Webb Bournemouth, UK F Phillip Goodrum # Jr. UNCW Charlotte, N.C. F Emil Elveroth @ So. UNCW Halmstad, Sweden F Ilias Kosmidis Jr. High Point Thessaloniki, Greece Second Team Pos. Name Class School Hometown GK Ryan Cretens ^ R-Sr. UNCW Zebulon, N.C. D Rashid Tetteh # Sr. High Point Accra, Ghana D Gideon Betz ^ Jr. Campbell Schlüchtern, Germany D Zeiko Harris So. Appalachian St. Sandys Parrish, Bermuda D Wilhelm Nilsson Jr. UNCW Stockholm, Sweden M Joel Bylander @! Sr. UNCW Stockholm, Sweden M Ian Rees Jr. Campbell Knebworth, England M Jack Willbye Sr. Elon Cambridge, England F Daniel Bruce # R-Sr. Charlotte Northwich, Cheshire, England F JJ Donnelly # Sr. Campbell London, England F Camden Holbrook Fr. Appalachian St. Camden Holbrook
# – First-Team All-State in 2017
@ – Second-Team All-State in 2017
! – First-Team All-State in 2016
^ – Second-Team All-State in 2016
* – Second-Team All-State in 2015