posted on December 03, 2012 17:35
KANSAS CITY, Mo-- The University of Mobile's Stephen Okai was named Select Sport America-NAIA Men's Soccer National Player of the Year, and was joined as an NAIA All-American by Chris Dillon and Gaetan Massiah, as announced by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Monday.
Okai, a midfielder from Accra, Ghana, becomes the first Ram to win the award since its inception in 1997 after helping the team to a 17-5-2 record and a runner-up finish at the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship.
The three-time All-American posted 29 points, 10 goals and 9 assists on the season and was also named SSAC Player of the Year. He posted a three-assist game versus Florida Memorial and two multi-goal games on the season. Named a 1st-Team All-American this season and in 2010, Okai was a 2nd-Team honoree in 2011. He finishes his Mobile career with 20 goals and 26 assists for 66 points.
Massiah, a freshman from Bordeaux, France, was named 2nd-Team All-American after leading the team with 40 poitns, 14 goals and 12 assists in his first season with the team. Four of those goals were game-winners. He opened the season with a four-goal game against Florida Memorial and had three assists against Truett-McConnell.
Dillon, a senior defender from Bournemouth, England, is a four-time All-American in his time with the Rams. Named a 2nd-Team member this year, Dillon was a Honorable Mention selection in 2009, a 1st-Team choice in 2010 and a 2nd-Team selection last season. While captaining a defense that recorded seven shutouts this season, he posted a pair of goals and an assist for the Rams. Dillon has played in 86 games for the Rams with 12 goals and 10 assists.
The 2012 NAIA Men's Soccer All-America teams were selected by the NAIA All-America committee, consisting of the NAIA-Men's Soccer Coaches Association Executive Committee, the championship games committee and two other coaches based on geography. There are 11 members on each of the first, second and third Teams and an honorable mention list.