Clayton State’s Klute, Rivera selected first team Daktronics All-Southeast Region for men’s soccer
MORROW, Ga. – November 15, 2011 – The 2011 Daktronics Division II All-Southeast Region team for men's soccer was released on Tuesday, and the Clayton State Lakers placed two players on this season's squad.
Selected first team All-Southeast Region for Clayton State was defender Chris Klute and midfielder Janny Rivera. Both were also All-Peach Belt Conference selections, and because they each were selected first team All-Region, they are now eligible for Daktronics Division II All-American honors.
This is the first All-Region honor for both Klute and Rivera.
A sophomore from Grand Prairie, Texas, Klute brought a lot of hype to the Lakers transferring from Division I Furman. He was previously a U-17 and U-20 U.S. National Team player and showed that ability on the field this season.
Klute played every minute of the Lakers' 18 games at center defender, becoming arguably the top defender in the Peach Belt. He recorded an assist this season which set the game-winner in the Lakers' thrilling overtime victory over Tampa.
A senior from Sarasota, Fla., Rivera transferred to Clayton State from Division I South Carolina and became entrenched in the Laker midfield. Rivera finished the season fourth overall in scoring for Clayton State with five goals and five assists for 15 points. He finished tied for fourth in the Peach Belt in assists.
Rivera's best game was a two-goal performance in the regular season finale against USC Aiken. He also recorded two assists in the season opener against Anderson.