Coastal’s Bennett continues to collect national awards

Coastal Carolina senior Ashton Bennett continues to build his reputation as one of the most decorated student-athletes to ever wear a Chanticleer uniform, most recently earning national honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Senior CLASS Award committee and Top Drawer Soccer.

Bennett earned his second straight NSCAA All-American First Team honor, while being tabbed a Second Team Senior CLASS Award All-American. In addition, the speedy striker was named a Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season Second Team forward.

The Clarendon, Jamaica, native becomes the first two-time NSCAA First Team All-American in Coastal Carolina history and only the second Chanticleer to be named an All-American in multiple seasons (Joseph Ngwenya – Second Team, 2002; First Team, 2003).

Bennett led the Coastal Carolina to one of the most successful seasons in history as the 2012 Chants finished tied for the program record with 20 wins and joined the 2003 squad as the only two teams to reach the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. Moreover, Bennett helped direct the Chants to a second consecutive Big South regular season championship with a league-record 10-0-0 record.

This season the forward became just the third two-time Big South Player of the Year as he garnered the league’s Attacking Player of the Year honor. Bennett was also tabbed a conference first team and all-tournament team selection.

Bennett finished his Coastal Carolina career ranked sixth all-time with 39 goals, tied for seventh with 94 points (39g, 16a) and ninth with 184 shot attempts despite only playing 47 games in a Chanticleer uniform. He led Coastal to a 38-7-2 overall record, two NCAA Tournament appearances, three NCAA Tournament wins and a pair of Big South regular season championship with a perfect 19-0 record (9-0 in 2011 and 10-0 in 2012) in his two seasons in Conway.  Moreover, he became only the second Chanticleer to be named a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, earning the nod in both 2011 and 2012.

Bennett, who is expected to enter the MLS SuperDraft in January, was tabbed as a potential top 10 pick in Top Drawer Soccer’s Mock Draft last month.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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