Hokies Announce Men's Soccer Team Awards
December 18, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team announced the team awards for play throughout the 2000 season.

Senior Ryan Cummins (Woodbridge, Va.) was named the team's most valuable player overall. Cummins played in and started 17 games for the Hokies with 18 shots taken, four goals (one game winning) and 3 assists for 11 total points. Cummins was named to the VaSID All-State second team for his play in 2000.

Redshirt junior Fred Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was named offensive MVP. Silva played in 14 games for the Hokies, starting all of them. He tallied 56 shots with nine goals (two game winning) and nine assists for a total of 27 points on the year. Silva led Tech in assists, goals and points scored. He was also named to the VaSID All-State second team.

Redshirt junior Garrett Owens (San Antonio, Texas) was named defensive MVP. Owens played in 18 games, starting 17 of them. He recorded six shots on the year, converting on one of them.

Redshirt freshman John Havas (Harrisburg, Pa.) was named most improved player. Havas, a defender, tallied 12 shots, three goals and three assists. He redshirted the 1999 season.

The rookie of the year award was given to Harold Russell (Swarthmore, Pa). After redshirting last year, Russell stepped up to play in 16 games for the Hokies, starting 13 of them. Russell, a defensmen, took eight shots, resulting in one goal for a total of two points.

Sophomore Rob Smith (Greenville, S.C.) follows up last year's rookie of the year award with this year's most dedicated player honor. Smith played in and started all 19 games for the Hokies at the defensive position. He tallied three shots in the 19 games and produced one assist.

Smith was also selected by his teammates to be one of two captains for the 2001 season. The coaching staff will select the second team captain during spring practice.

Redshirt junior Colin Kibler (Virginia Beach, Va.) was given the "Wild Turkey" award. The "Wild Turkey" award is awarded annually to the team clown. Kibler started all but one game in goal for the Hokies. He posted an 8-8-2 record with a 1.96 goals against average. Kibler tallied over 1,470 minutes in goal for Tech, collecting 120 saves.