Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:04

Harris Earns Preseason All-Conference Honors for App State Men's Soccer

Zeiko Harris was an all-conference selection at the end of last season Zeiko Harris was an all-conference selection at the end of last season Appalachian State Athletics

Junior defender Zeiko Harris was tabbed Preseason All-Sun Belt, the league announced Tuesday. The 2018 All-Sun Belt first team selection represents Appalachian State men's soccer on the 2019 All-Sun Belt preseason list.

Harris appeared and started in all 17 matches for App State last season, upping his streak of consecutive starts to 36. Harris' 1,516 minutes of action was first among non-goalkeepers and second overall on the team. He led the Sun Belt's top defense, which allowed only 15 goals, the lowest mark in the Sun Belt, and posted a .88 goals against average and seven shutouts.

In addition to his first team All-Sun Belt recognition, the defender was named second team All-NCCSIA in 2018. Harris was a key component in the Apps' 8-6-3 mark for their first winning season since 2012 and a top-three finish in the Sun Belt.

App State was selected fifth in the preseason poll, with Coastal Carolina picked to win the league. Georgia State and Georgia Southern tied for second, followed by Sun Belt newcomer Central Arkansas. Howard rounded out the poll in sixth.

The Mountaineers open the 2019 season on Friday, hosting Lincoln Memorial in an exhibition match. The Apps open the regular season on Aug. 30, as St. John's makes the trip to the High Country for a 7 p.m. match-up. Sun Belt play kicks off on Oct. 12 when App State hosts Howard for a 7 p.m. kick.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses

1. Coastal Carolina (2) - 28
2. Georgia State (2) - 27
2. Georgia Southern (1) - 27
4. Central Arkansas (1) - 22
5. Appalachian State - 15
6. Howard - 7

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Zeiko Harris, Appalachian State (Jr., D, Sandys Parish, Bermuda) 1
Niklas Brodacki, Central Arkansas (Sr., F, Norrkoping, Sweden)
Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa) 1
Adam Davie, Georgia Southern (So., F, Nottingham, England)
Aris Briggs, Georgia State (Jr., F, Memphis, Tenn.) 1
Jeranimo Power, Coastal Carolina (Sr., MF, De Ar, South Africa) 1
Aldair Cortes, Georgia Southern (Jr., MF, Cairo, Ga.)
Logan Luque, Georgia State (So., MF, Bonaire, Ga.)*
Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Sr., D, Havant, England)** 1
George Proctor, Georgia State (Jr., D, Leeds, England)2
Paul Tyson, Georgia State (RJr., GK, Liverpool, England) 1
Carlos Caro, Howard (Sr., GK, Silver Spring, Md.) 2

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)1

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Sr., D, Havant, England)** 1

12018 First Team All-Sun Belt selection
22018 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection
*2018 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
**2018 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year

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