Three members of NOVA’s men’s soccer team were named First Team All-Region, and one received an honorable mention accolade. The all-region teams were voted on by the Region 20 Division III coaches.
Abdullah Al Maari, Oscar Cruz and Alexandre Barotteau earned first-team nods for the Nighthawks and Bimosan Ghmire received an honorable mention.
Al Maari scored seven goals this season and a team-high of five assists, both ranked in the top five this season in Region 20. Al Maari’s 13 career goals are tied for first all-time in the NOVA record books.
Cruz and Barotteau helped anchor the Nighthawks defense as the unit allowed opponents to shoot just 18 percent and gave up just 2.5 goals per match. Barbotteau, meanwhile, also helped out on the offensive side of the field as he scored two goals and gave an assist. Cruz had an assist and played nine games for the Nighthawks.
Honorable mention honoree Ghmire tied Al Maari for the team lead in goals. He also led the team with four made penalty kicks, scoring against Southern Maryland, Chesapeake, Howard and Anne Arundel.