BRISTOL, Tenn. – Prior to the start of the Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Championship semifinal matches, the league held a banquet to announce their all-conference performers. The Tornado had four individuals honored, headlined by Carlos Saavedra.
Saavedra was selected first-team All-Conference Carolinas, the first time in his career he has been selected all-conference. He led the Tornado and ranked second in Conference Carolinas this season with four game-winning goals, including a pair last week that helped the Tornado post their highest finish since becoming Conference Carolinas members. In total, Saavedra scored seven goals, ranking him seventh in the league.
The Chicureo, Chile native also handed out four assists, ranking him 10th in the league and giving him 18 points. He went 1-for-2 on the season in penalty kicks, the one coming in a 2-1 win over Barton to clinch the fourth seed in the Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Championship for the Tornado.
A pair of Tornado garnered third-team accolades, Jairo Ruiz Caram and Adonis Wheeler. Ruiz Caram tied for the team lead Saavedra as he handed out four assists on the season. The Newnan, Ga., native also scored a pair of goals for the Tornado.
Wheeler, a native of Bristol, Tenn., has been a force in the middle of the Tornado defense all season. He has helped the Tornado rank sixth in the league, giving up 1.49 goals per game. Wheeler has started all 16 games in the backfield and leads the Tornado with nearly 1500 minutes played.
Sam Mburu was also recognized as the Conference Carolinas Elite 23 award winner. This marks the first year the conference has handed out the Elite 23 Award, an award that goes to the player at the final site of competition that has the highest GPA. Mburu, a senior carries a 3.98 GPA while majoring in information technology.
King takes on top-seed and 19th-ranked Limestone College on Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Gaffney, S.C.