EMU's Emmanuel Boamah (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) has added another accolade to his illustrious career with repeat spot on the Virginia Sports Information Directors All-State First Team. The senior defender was voted among the top 11 D-II, D-III or NAIA players in Virginia
Receiving a first team selection as a junior while making the second team his sophomore season, Boamah becomes the first EMU men's soccer player named to the VaSID All-State Team three years in a row. Mitchell Leap (2008-11) is only other Royal to be named to the team three out of his four years in the program and Joao Chris Downs (2013-14) was the last repeat first team selection.
A four-year starter in EMU's back line, also a four-year All-ODAC honoree and two-time All-Region selection. A forceful presence on the field, Boamah charged the defense with his leadership and ability while igniting the offense with his powerful shot, often on set pieces. The senior set career highs this season with four goals scored and one assist. He scored in three of the Royals' final four games, and hit the game-winner against rival Bridgewater College for the second year in a row.
Boamah finished his career with eight goals (including three game-winners) and one assist.
Coach Roger Mast said Boamah has been an exceptional competitor during his time at EMU.
"We are so proud of Emmanuel and what he is contributed to our program in his four-year career," Mast said. "E-man's athleticism, passion for the game, and relentless desire to win made him one of the top defenders around. I am also proud of him for the way that he has matured as a man throughout his career. We will certainly miss his big smile next season."
In Mast's 28th season, the Royals finished 9-9-1, earning their third straight season at .500 or better. At 6-4 in the ODAC, the men had their most wins in conference play since 2011.
Boamah was one of 7 men from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to earn a spot on the All-State First Team.
Listed below are the entire VaSID Men's Soccer All-State Teams.
2018 VaSID College Division Men's Soccer All-State Teams
Player of the Year - Justin Carey, University of Mary Washington
Rookie of the Year - Tanner Dail, Christopher Newport University
Coach of the Year - Jason Kilby, University of Mary Washington
F - Pete Day, Christendom College
F - Abibi Osman, University of Lynchburg
F - Ryan Van Maanen, University of Mary Washington
F - Thomas White, Bridgewater College
M - Justin Carey, University of Mary Washington
M - Dylan Ritch, Washington and Lee University
M - Adam Watson, Randolph College
D - Emmanuel Boamah, Eastern Mennonite University
D - Austin Kues, University of Lynchburg
D - Bobby Seifert, Christopher Newport University
GK - Dylan McLaurin, University of Lynchburg
F - Joey Daly, University of Lynchburg
F - Ricky Perrault, Virginia Wesleyan University
F - Tyequis Stallins, Emory & Henry College
M - Jack Ashby, University of Lynchburg
M - Ben Mackey, University of Lynchburg
M - Spell Carr, Hampden-Sydney College
M - Tanner Dail, Christopher Newport University
D - Oliver Dolberg, Washington and Lee University
D - Jack Rawlins, Washington and Lee University
D - Gary Foley, University of Mary Washington
GK - Ken Kurtz, University of Mary Washington