Trio of Bearcats Earn All-Ohio Honors|
Jan. 15, 2008
CEDARVILLE, OH-- Three University of Cincinnati soccer standouts earned All-Ohio honors from the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association. Seniors Kenny Anaba (Westerville, OH/Worthington Christian) and Amir Ikner (Olathe, KS/Blue Valley West) were named to the men's team, while sophomore Erin MacDonald (St. Catharine's, Ontario/West Park Secondary) was a women's second-team selection.
Anaba was an all-region and all-BIG EAST selection for the third straight season after leading the Bearcats with 10 goals and 23 points. The forward was named to the league's first team and earned second-team all-region honors. Anaba's 10 goals were tied for second in the BIG EAST and his 23 points were fifth. He finished his career seventh in the UC record books with 26 career goals and eighth with 65 points (26 G, 13 A). The high-scoring striker was a third-team all-BIG EAST selection in 2005 and a second-team choice in 2006.
Ikner, a four-year starter along the backline, was named honorable mention all-BIG EAST in 2007. The senior defender, a preseason all-BIG EAST choice, was a third-team selection last season. Ikner helped the Bearcats to eight shutouts and a 0.96 goals against average in 2007, while scoring a pair of goals, including the game-winner on Senior Night against Villanova. A starter in 54 of 55 career matches, Ikner scored five career goals and added four assists.
MacDonald garnered her second straight all-Ohio honor. She earned second-team all-BIG EAST accolades in 2007, becoming the first UC women's soccer player to earn all-BIG EAST honors since the Bearcats joined the elite conference in 2005. A two-year starter, she finished fifth in the BIG EAST with 21 points. Her seven goals ranked fifth and her seven assists were sixth in the conference. Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Oct. 22, MacDonald led the Bearcats to an undefeated weekend in conference play. She scored three goals in two matches, including the game-winner against USF and the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Marquette. She was also named to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week for her efforts.
The OCSA serves 49 Ohio colleges and universities at all three levels of NCAA affiliation and the NAIA. Voting was done by OCSA member coaches.