Nov. 14, 2013
NC State men's soccer garnered three mentions on the ACC's All-Conference Team, and one mention on the College Sports Madness All-ACC Team.
Nazmi Albadawi landed on the All-ACC Second Team, Alex Martinez claimed a spot on the Third Team, and Travis Wannemuehler captured an All-Freshman Team mention. Nick Surkamp earned a spot on the All-ACC Team from College Sports Madness.
"I'm very pleased for our players," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "They're being recognized for their contributions, and it shows the progress we've made as a program to land this many players on all-conference teams.
"If Nazmi was healthy all year, he may have been a first team consideration, but overall we're excited that they're being rewarded for their efforts in helping us move forward as a program."
This year marks the first time NC State has had three ACC All-Conference performers since 2005, when the Pack's Aaron King made first team, Jorge Gonzalez made second, and Ronnie Bouemboue made All-Freshman. State earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament that year.
Albadawi's season hinged on a high ankle sprain suffered on October 1. After missing most of the month, Albadawi returned to the starting lineup on October 25 to lead the Pack to three wins in its last four matches.
With Albadawi in the starting lineup, State went 7-3-2 (3-3-1 ACC), and his golden goal in the 92nd minute at No. 10 North Carolina gave the Wolfpack a signature win to build its case for the NCAA Tournament.
Despite his time missed due to injury, Albadawi ranked eighth in the conference for his nine points in ACC matches, and sixth for his four conference goals.
Martinez earned an all-conference mention for the second year in a row since transferring from High Point following the 2011 season. The senior tallied eight assists to finish second in the ACC. Martinez's four assists in conference games ranked third.
Wannemuehler started 13 games as a freshman, contributing in all 17 matches. The Evansville, Ind., native lands on the ACC All-Freshmen Team despite finishing the season without any goals or assists, a testament to his vital role in controlling possession and working the ball upfield for the Wolfpack.
Wannemuehler is the seventh Wolfpack freshman to earn a spot on the ACC All-Freshmen Team. Sonny Mukungu was the last in 2010.
Surkamp made the All-ACC First Team according to College Sports Madness after finishing third in the conference with eight goals, and fifth in points per game. The redshirt junior is the Pack's lone representative on the College Sports Madness All-ACC Team.