For the first time since the 2005 season, the Ocean City Nor'easters have multiple players who have been named to the Premier Development League (PDL) All-Eastern Conference Team. Chevaughn Walsh (Jefferson College / Spanish Town, Jamaica), the PDL's leading goalscorer, and Nathan Regis (Pfeiffer University / Arima, Trinidad & Tobago), who finished tied for the league lead with nine assists (according to Ocean City Nor'easters records), were both honored by the league.
The All-Conference teams are based on the PDL regular season and voting by teams within each conference.
Walsh finished the regular season as the league's leading scorer with 14 goals and three assists. The Jamaican did most of his damage when it mattered most: down the stretch. Walsh scored 10 goals and dished out two assists during the final seven games of the campaign. The Nor'easters won five of those matches, including a 3-2 defeat of the Baltimore Bohemians on the final day to clinch a spot in the postseason. Walsh broke the Ocean City single-season record for most goals (and tied the record for points) and became the first player in club history to lead the league in goals. Walsh also finished the season as one of three players who played in every game, falling two minutes short of the team lead in minutes played (1,182).
Regis, the reigning NCAA Division II Player of the Year, carried his impressive form from the college season at Pfeiffer University over to the 2016 PDL season. Regis finished second on the team in scoring with six goals and nine assists (21 points) in just 12 games played. Those nine assists tied the Ocean City single-season record and of those, seven of them went to Walsh.
Like Walsh, Regis, who was an All-PDL selection last year with the Charlotte Eagles, also did some of his best work down the stretch. In fact, all 21 of his points came during the final eight games of the season (team was 6-2-0). Five of the final eight contests were multi-point games for Regis, who scored ended the season by scoring what would prove to be the game-winning goal in the season finale in the playoff-clinching win over Baltimore.
This is just the third time in club history that the Nor'easters have placed multiple players on the All-Conference team. The last time it occurred was in 2005 when Tony Donatelli, Ruben Mingo, John Thompson and goalkeeper Ryan Carr all were All-Conference selections (Thompson was an all-PDL selection). The first time was the previous year when the club finished its historic undefeated 2004 season with four players making the All-Conference team: Mingo (All-PDL, PDL MVP), Thompson (All-PDL, PDL Defender of the Year), Neil Holloway (All-PDL), and Chris Williams. That year, head coach Dan Christian took home the 2004 PDL Coach of the Year.
2016 PDL All-Eastern Conference Team
GK – Ryan Cretens, Carolina Dynamo: UNC Wilmington’s Cretens played nine games for the Dynamo during the 2016 season, helping the club earn five shutouts. The 20-year-old made 32 saves and recorded a 0.35 goals against average.
D – Cameron Botes, Charlotte Eagles: Lipscomb University’s Botes played all 14 games for the Eagles in 2016, helping the club secure 10 shutouts en route to winning the South Atlantic Division regular-season title.
D – Juan Sanchez, Charlotte Eagles: Pfeiffer University’s Sanchez played 13 games for the Eagles during the regular season, scoring two goals. The 20-year-old defender helped the Eagles record 10 shutouts and finish atop the South Atlantic Division.
D – Marquez Fernandez, Baltimore Bohemians: Fernandez played all 14 games for the Bohemians, scoring one goal. The 23-year-old defender was instrumental for the Bohemians' back line, leading the club to six shutouts in the regular season.
D – Peyton Ericson, South Georgia Tormenta FC: The University of South Carolina’s Ericson appeared in all 14 regular-season games for Tormenta FC. The 20-year-old proved to be one of the leaders on the back line, helping the club earn five shutouts in Tormenta FC’s inaugural season.
M – Arun Basuljevic, New York Red Bulls U23: Georgetown University’s Basuljevic, ranked 13th in the fifth edition of the 2016 PDL Top Prospects list, played all 14 games for the Red Bulls U23 in 2016. The midfielder scored a team-high eight goals and provided a team-high five assists.
M – Marco Micaletto, Charlotte Eagles: Young Harris College’s Micaletto was key for the Eagles’ attack in 2016, providing four assists in 13 games played. The 20-year-old midfielder also scored five goals to see the Eagles win the South Atlantic Division regular-season title.
M – Paul Marie, Reading United AC: Florida International University’s Marie scored a team-high seven goals in 10 games for Reading United. The midfielder also assisted one goal to lead the club to a Mid Atlantic Division regular-season title.
F – Santiago Moar, Charlotte Eagles: Moar, ranked 36th in the latest PDL Top Prospects list, led the Eagles in goals scored with eight. The 22-year-old forward also assisted four goals during the 2016 regular season, helping the Eagles win the South Atlantic Division regular-season title.
F – Chevaughn Walsh, Ocean City Nor’easters: Walsh, ranked second in the recent PDL Top Prospects list, led the PDL in goals scored with 14. The 21-year-old forward also assisted three goals, leading the Nor’easters to a 2016 PDL Playoffs berth.
F – Nathan Regis, Ocean City Nor’easters: Regis led the Eastern Conference in assists with eight during the regular season. The forward also scored six goals, helping the Nor’easters finish second in the Mid Atlantic Division.
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The Ocean City Nor’easters is a professionally run amateur soccer club with the focus of developing, educating and promoting soccer, health and leadership. Located in Ocean City, New Jersey, “America’s Greatest Family Resort”, the Nor’easters provide quality entertainment to families throughout the Tri-State area and the thousands of visitors every summer.
The Nor’easters organization was established in 1996 and made Carey Stadium, in Ocean City, NJ, its permanent home in 2005. Competing in North America’s top amateur league, the Premier Development League (PDL), the Nor’easters provide the highest level of soccer in Southern New Jersey. The 65-team PDL is the 4th level of soccer in the United States, below the professional leagues; Major League Soccer (MLS), North American Soccer League (NASL) and United Soccer League (USL). As part of the PDL, the Nor’easters’ have the sixth-best overall record since joining the league in 2003 and have upset five professional teams in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, third-most of any amateur team in the country. Ocean City players have the ability to compete during the summer months in a professional environment while maintaining their collegiate eligibility and pursuing their academic goals.