Despite collecting their third straight regular season MCC title, the men’s soccer team has gathered a number of post-season conference rewards as well. Coach Pinto, who is in his second year with the men’s team, was named the MCC Coach of the Year and was able to see five of his players receive some kind of All-Conference reward. After earning Offensive Player of the Year last season in the MCC, junior Romolu Nobrega was named the 2010 MCC Player of the Year. Nobrega has scored an impressive 13 goals this season and has been a tremendous impact player for the Pilots. “He’s not only done the work on the field, but he has helped the team to be better on and off the field,” said Coach Pinto. Pinto also added that Nobrega has been a great leader for the team this season when they have faced adversity and that he is very committed to what is best for the team. Senior Zach Ganzberg was also credited for his success on the field this season as he was named the MCC Offensive Player of the Year. Ganzberg has scored twelve goals this season and has had five assists. “Zach’s had his best year at Bethel for sure,” said Pinto. Pinto also added that Ganzberg and Nobrega have done an excellent job at putting the team first this season. Additionally, the Pilots received a number of other MCC post-season awards as well. Senior Humberto Trejo was named All-Conference for his contributions to the Pilot defense as well as sophomore goalkeeper, Cody Troyer. Troyer had 73 saves on the season as well as seven shutouts. Overall, Pinto was very satisfied with his players’ performance and was very thankful to receive the MCC Coach of the Year award for the second straight season. “It’s a great award, but it’s because of the great team we have,” added Pinto. In addition to the awards, the team continues to transform their talent into success. “It means a lot to because of the hard work we’ve seen the results of hard work,” said Pinto, talking about going undefeated in the conference this season and making it to another MCC championship game. Pinto said that it is very exciting to experience winning at this level, but believes that the team has a positive vision. “A championship is a bi-product of living out our mission to glorify God in all that we do,” said Pinto. The Pilots will host the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. for the MCC tournament championship.