CONCORDIA, Kansas — On Monday, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) announced the All-Conference soccer teams, with eight Cloud County Community College men's players receiving postseason honors.
In addition to the eight All-Conference selections, the T-Birds saw freshman forward Jean-Pierre Dasylva win Offensive Player of the Year and sophomore defenseman Wanes Hobat tie for Defensive Player of the Year with Barton's Victor Mendiondo.
"I was a little surprised by both. Not because Wanes or JP are not fantastic players because they both are amazing players, but I figured those awards would go to Barton players because they made it to the national tournament," said Cloud County head coach, Charles Long. "I'm excited for them and they are very deserving players. JP is incredibly fast and teams knew they had to stop him. Wanes was in the running for Defensive Player of the Year last year, so he had a lot of people watching him this year. He has blazing speed and is a beast in the back row."
Dasylva led Cloud County (13-5-1 overall) with 10 goals and tied for the team lead in assists with seven, giving him 27 points for the season; the fourth best mark in the KJCCC.
Hobat finished with three assists, giving him five for his career at Cloud County. He and fellow sophomore Tales Avila, who joined Hobat as a First-Team All-Conference defenseman, anchored a Cloud County defense that limited opponents to a 1.23 goals against average.
Cloud County sophomore goalkeeper Charles Albuquerque was another central figure in the T-Birds' defensive prowess and was recognized as such, earning First-Team All-Conference after being voted Second-Team a season ago.
Bissessur, a co-captain for the T-Birds this season, finished second on the team in scoring with seven goals and three assists.
As for de Souza, after not scoring a goal as a freshman, he had a breakout sophomore season with four goals and seven assists while starting all 18 games.
Santiago helped solidify the Cloud County back line, flanked by Hobat and Avila, and finished with an assist while starting all 18 games.
Oliveira, the third Cloud County midfielder to receive an All-Conference nod, finished fourth on the team in scoring with four goals and two assists for a total of 10 points.
"I was excited to see how many guys we had out of the midfield and in the back row of our defense," Long said. "And for DJ to make Second-Team as a freshman, that's exciting for him too. I'll be looking for big things out of DJ and (Dasylva) next year."
Complete KJCCC West All-Conference teams: http://www.kjccc.org/sports/msoc/2018-19/2018_All-KJCCC_MSOC_WEST.htm