December 10, 2002


GREENVILLE -- Four members of the Furman men's soccer team were chosen to the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) All-South region team, including two first team selections.

Clint Dempsey, a sophomore from Nacogdoches, Texas, and Ricardo Clark, a sophomore from Jonesboro, Ga., were both selected to the first team, while McNeil Cronin, a junior from Winston-Salem, N.C., and Anthony Esquivel, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, were third team choices.

Clint Dempsey was third on the team in scoring with a six goals and six assists for 18 points. Ricardo Clark, a starter on the U.S. Under-20 National Team, anchored Furmanšs midfield this season as he scored three goals and recorded three assists.

McNeil Cronin served as one of Furman's two captains this season and he helped solidify Furman's defense as the Paladins set an NCAA record with 11 straight shutouts. Anthony Esquivel led Furmanšs offensive attack as he scored 13 goals and recorded four assists for 30 points. Esquivel registered seven game-winning goals on the year.

Furman joined Clemson, Wake Forest, and Coastal Carolina with four total All-South selections. The Paladins finished the season with a 19-3-1 overall record, including a third round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Furman set new NCAA Division I records this season as it extended its Southern Conference unbeaten streak to 43 matches and as it recorded 11 straight shutouts from October 9 through November 27.

NSCAA All-South Region

First Team

Second Team

Third Team