November 24, 2009

PLYLER AND HUGHES NAMED ALL-ODAC TOURNAMENT

SALEM, VA (November 24, 2009)—The Old Dominion Athletic Conference today announced the All-Tournament team for the soccer ODAC Tournament, and Hampden-Sydney junior goalkeeper John Robert Plyler (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) and sophomore forward Bryan Hughes (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) were both named to the team for their outstanding play.

Hughes, who also earned Honorable Mention All-ODAC honors, led the way for the Tigers in their ODAC quarterfinal victory over Washington and Lee University, scoring two second half goals to secure the win. Hughes finished the season with 12 points on the strength of 5 goals and 2 assists, including the game winners against Averett University and Washington and Lee University in the regular season matchup.

Plyler, who was named to the All-ODAC second team, was brilliant for the Tigers in between the pipes all season, and that did not change during the ODAC tournament. In the ODAC quarterfinal against Washington and Lee, Plyler shut the Generals out for his 9th shutout of the season. He faced a barrage of Washington and Lee shots in the closing minutes of the match and was up to the challenge each and every time. Plyler was equally impressive in the Tigers' ODAC semifinal loss to eventual champion Lynchburg, making 6 saves. Plyler led the ODAC this year in shutouts, shutouts per game, save percentage, and goals-against average. His 19 career shutouts are second on the Hampden-Sydney all-time list.

Joining Hughes and Plyler on the All-tournament team were Hunter Smith, Matthew Rowe, Stephen Legg, and Pat Brown of Lynchburg, Robbie Mann and Brandon Massie of Virginia Wesleyan, and Ryan Russell, Taylor Johnston, and Chris Collins of Roanoke.

2009 ODAC All-Tournament Team

Robbie Mann Virginia Wesleyan
Brandon Massie Virginia Wesleyan
Bryan Hughes Hampden-Sydney
John Robert Plyler Hampden-Sydney
Chris Collins Roanoke
Taylor Johnston Roanoke
Ryan Russell Roanoke
Hunter Smith Lynchburg
Matthew Rowe Lynchburg
Stephen Legg Lynchburg
Pat Brown (MOP) Lynchburg