RICHMOND, Va. – Four VCU Men's Soccer players garnered National Soccer Coaches Association All-Region awards on Monday. Juniors Jason Johnson and Romena Bowie were named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team, while freshman Dennis Castillo garnered second team honors and sophomore Juan Monge Solano received third team recognition.
"With team success comes individual recognition," said Head Coach Dave Giffard. "These four players are certainly deserving of being recognized and we want to congratulate them on being named All-Region. To be honest, I was a little surprised and disappointed that no one was named All-American, but being named All-Region is a tremendous honor. I think there were other players on the team who also were deserving of this honor, but looking around the country, only a handful of teams had more than four players represented on the All-Region teams. So to get four of our guys this type of recognition, speaks volumes about the growth of VCU Soccer as a program."
Johnson, who was named the Atlantic 10's Offensive Player of the Year, scored 13 times and added six assists for 32 points. The Happy News, Jamaica native finished the season second in the A-10 in goals and points, and earned All-Region honors for the second time in his career.
Despite playing through nagging injuries all season, Bowie joined Johnson on the First Team. The Saint Mary, Jamaica native finished the season with two assists (both vs. Seton Hall) and was also named to the Atlantic 10's First Team.
Castillo, who was recently named to CollegeSoccerNews.com's Freshman All-America squad, garnered second team all-region honors. He finished his freshman campaign with six goals and went a perfect 3-for-3 on penalty kicks. Castillo was also named to the A-10's Second Team and All-Rookie squad.
Monge Solano was named third team all-region after contributing a goal and an assist from the back line, as he helped lead VCU's defense to six shutouts.
The Rams, who received a national seed and a first round bye in the NCAA Tournament made their first postseason appearance since 2004.