Clayton State places three on All-Peach Belt Conference for men’s soccer
MORROW, Ga. – November 4, 2011 – The Peach Belt Conference released its 2011 All-Peach Belt Conference team for men's soccer, and the Clayton State Lakers placed three players on this season's squad.
Selected first team All-Peach Belt Conference for Clayton State was midfielder Matty Phillips, defender Chris Klute and midfielder Janny Rivera. This is the third All-Peach Belt selection for Phillips, making him only the third player in Clayton State men's soccer history to receive such distinction. Klute and Rivera were both selected for the first time.
Phillips, a senior from Swindon, England, is currently tied for the Peach Belt Conference lead in assists with six. In addition, he has also scored four goals for 14 points. Phillips set the Clayton State career record for assists this season with 27 currently, and this marks the third season that he has at least shared the conference lead in assists.
He recorded two assists in the season opener against Anderson and scored twice in a come-from-behind victory over Young Harris. Overall, Phillips is tied for third on the Lakers in scoring.
A sophomore from Grand Prairie, Texas, Klute transferred this season to Clayton State from Furman and has been the central piece of a solid Laker defense. He recorded one assist – the game-winning assist in overtime against Tampa, and has helped pace the Lakers to four shutouts so far this season.
Klute is a former U.S. U-17 and U-20 National Team player.
Rivera, a senior from Sarasota, Fla., transferred to Clayton State this season from South Carolina, and is tied for third on the team in scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points. Rivera scored twice against USC Aiken, including the game-winner in the 76th minute, and had two assists in the season opener against Anderson.