December 18 2015
Michael Bryant '17 and Tony Barraco '18 of the Elmira College men's soccer team have been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Upstate Men's Soccer All-Star Team. Bryant was a first team all-star, while Barraco took home second team honors.
"It's great Michael and Tony continue to receive accolades," said Head Coach Keith Moore. "Both certainly deserve it and played pivotal roles in our turnaround season this year. I take this as a phenomenal sign of what's to come from these young men who have two more seasons ahead of them."
Bryant, who also took home NSCAA All-East Region Third Team and Empire 8 All-Conference First Team honors earlier this season, finished the year with a career-high 39 points on a career-best 18 goals and three assists. The Portola Hills, CA, native's 18 tallies led the E8 this season, as did his 2.29 points per game and 1.06 goals per game averages. His numbers ranked amongst the best in the country, as his goals per game average, total goals, and points per game average ranked fifth, 11th, and 16th in NCAA Division III Men's Soccer, respectively.
Bryant’s 18 goals are the second-most scored by an Elmira player in program history and his 39 points are tied for sixth-most as well. Bryant also became the first player to crack the program's Top-10 single-season point and scoring charts since 1997 and 2000, respectively.
Barraco, who was an Empire 8 All-Conference First Team honoree as well, enjoyed his best season as a Soaring Eagle. The Liverpool, NY, native produced 13 points on three goals and a team-leading seven assists, all of which are career highs. Barraco's seven assists were fourth-most in the Empire 8 Conference this year and his .438 assists per game average ranked third in the conference as well.
The bulk of Barraco's points derived from a four-game stretch that saw the second-year midfielder log eight of his season's 13 points on two goals and four assists. During that time frame, Elmira picked up three wins and improved its overall record from 2-4-2 to 5-4-3.
The Soaring Eagles turned a one-win season a year ago into a 7-6-5 showing in 2015, which culminated in an Empire 8 Conference Tournament Semifinal appearance, Elmira's first since 2012. The Soaring Eagles went on to play top-seeded Ithaca College to a 0-0 double overtime draw in the E8 playoffs but bowed out of the tournament, as the Bombers edged the Purple and Gold in a marathon penalty kick shootout, 11-10.