EMU men's soccer player Emmanuel Boamah (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) has been named to the United Soccer Coaches All-South Atlantic Region Second Team.
Boamah is the first Royal to earn an All-Region selection since keeper Dillon Brunk in 2009. The talent pool in the region has been overly packed since the coaches association added schools from New Jersey to the South Atlantic in 2010.
A three-year starter, Boamah has provided a commanding defensive presence for Eastern Mennonite. His blend of athleticism and ball control earned the junior his third consecutive spot on an All-ODAC Team after the season, including the last two years on the First Team.
Boamah also showed the ability to get into the attack, scoring two goals this year. Both came off set pieces in EMU's 4-3 comeback win at Bridgewater, including the game-winner in the 109th minute.
Coach Roger Mast said he was proud of Boamah and the work he has put in to the program.
"Emmanuel has been a mainstay in our back line for the past three seasons," explained Mast. "His athleticism, passion for the game, ability to organize the back four, and to defend one-on-one and aerial challenges have earned him the respect of his teammates, conference coaches, and now coaches in the region. We look forward to him returning for his senior season and anticipate him leading our team to even greater success."
In Mast's 27th season, the Royals finished 10-7, earning double-digit wins for the first time since 2011. The men were eliminated in the ODAC Tournament by eventual champion Lynchburg.
Boamah was one of 13 men from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to earn a spot on the three All-Region teams. Of the seven ODAC players on the first two teams, Boamah was the only one not playing on the conference's two NCAA Tournament qualifiers, Lynchburg and Washington and Lee.