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Kentucky men's soccer team earns conference coach and player of year honors

Kentucky men's soccer coach Johan Cedergren
Kentucky men's soccer coach Johan Cedergren

The University of Kentucky men's soccer team dominated the voting for all-conference awards announced Tuesday.

Johan Cedergren was named Conference USA Coach of the Year, and junior goalkeeper Callum Irving was chosen Player of the Year.

They topped a group that included six additional UK players receiving all-league honors.

The Wildcats finished second to Charlotte in the C-USA regular season. They open play in the conference tournament at Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday against South Carolina.

Cedergren is the first UK coach to be voted C-USA Coach of the Year since the Cats joined the league in 2005.

Irving is UK's first C-USA Player of the Year.

In addition to being named Player of the Year, Irving was voted Defensive Most Valuable Player and earned the Golden Glove Award for posting the most shutouts in league play (five).

Irving led C-USA and ranks 12th nationally in save percentage (.836), while tying for third in the NCAA with 10 solo shutouts. Led by Irving, the Wildcats rank eighth in the NCAA in goals against average, allowing just 0.63 goals a game, which was also best in C-USA.

Joining Irving on the All-Conference USA First Team were sophomore defender Jordan Wilson and sophomore midfielder Napo Matsoso.

Senior forward Justin Laird made the second team and junior midfielder Kristoffer Tollefsen was voted to the third team.

Kentucky's Hampus Agerstrom and Stefan Stojkovic earned All-Freshman Team honors.

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