Dec. 10, 2013
NC State men's soccer held its awards banquet on Friday, Dec. 6, wrapping up a successful 2013 campaign that saw the Wolfpack's RPI climb 55 spots from a year ago.
Other team highlights included the most ACC wins for the program since 2006 and a .600 winning percentage for the year. The Pack maintained an undefeated record in overtime games, finished without any red cards or yellow card suspensions, and earned recognition from the National Coaches Association for a 3.0 team GPA.
"We are pleased with the progress made this season," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "We had a great discipline record with no red cards and no players sitting out through yellow card accumulation. We moved up nearly 60 spots in the RPI. Our ability to play a quality, possession-oriented style of play improved with every game.
"The most important component of our growth was our players' willingness to make the players around them better, play their role within our team tactics and do the work necessary during training, preseason and the summer to be prepared for the challenge of our schedule."
The Wolfpack coaching staff passed out awards for a handful of outstanding individual performances over the course of the season. Those awards are listed below:
MVP: Nazmi Albadawi
Albadawi earned an ACC player of the Week honor for his golden goal against No. 10 North Carolina, in what turned out to be the Pack's final on-field moment of 2013. State went 7-3-2 with Albadawi on the field. The senior was named Top Drawer Soccer's 74th-ranked MLS prospect and landed on the All-ACC Second Team.
Competition Points: Alex Martinez
Martinez took home the award for total competition points earned during the season. Throughout the fall, Wolfpack coaches awarded points for winning and competing well, Martinez led the way at season's end. Martinez garnered an All-ACC Third Team mention and represents Top Drawer's 33rd best MLS prospect.
Teammate: Ryan Metts
Metts was selected as the Wolfpack's top teammate for his ability to encourage and improve the play of his teammates, exhibiting a high work rate, and holding himself and his teammates to high standards. Metts also earned a spot on the ACC's Academic Honor Roll and started in all 15 games played.
Excellence: Moss Jackson-Atogi
Jackson-Atogi was recognized for his GPA, which landed him on the ACC Academic Honor Roll, his training habits, adherence to NC State's core principles, and match contributions. Jackson-Atogi was named Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week on Nov. 12.
Iron Man: Holden Fender
Fender earned the Pack's Iron Man Award for being the most consistent player in terms of quality minutes played. Fender started all 17 games in 2013 and made the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Servant Leader: Danny DiPrima and Jorge Risquez
The NC State coaching staff recognized DiPrima and Risquez as the Wolfpack's Servant Leaders, for putting the team first in all matters on and off the field. DiPrima and Risquez combined for 15 starts out of 22 games played, contributing in vital roles during State's struggles with injury.