Five men's soccer players earn A-Sun all-conference honors

Nov. 1, 2006

DeLAND, Fla. - Senior forward Tommy Krizanovic was named Atlantic Sun Conference "Player of the Year" and earned his third consecutive first team all-conference selection after leading the league in scoring to highlight one of five Jacksonville University men's soccer players earning all-conference honors announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Junior Anton Axelsson and sophomore Patrik Werner both earned second team all-conference honors for the second straight year, while Eddie Munnelly and Stefan Runeman each were named to the all-freshman team.

"I'm real proud of our guys for earning these honors," said head coach Mike Johnson. "They have worked hard all year and I'm glad to see they were rewarded."

Krizanovic receives player of the year after leading the team with 14 goals and 32 points, while ranking second in assists with four. He finished the season leading the nation in goals per game (1.08) and points per game (2.46) en route to three A-Sun offensive "Player of the Week" honors and one "Player of the Week" accolade. His 14 goals give him 47 for his career, which ranks third school history. Krizanovic's 107 career points is fifth on the all-time list.

"This is a tremendous honor for Tommy," said Johnson. "He had a great year offensively against some good teams. His two years of great productivity has helped him into the player that he is now.

"Plus, Tommy fits the persona of a player of the year or MVP because when he was hurt this season, we weren't able to do things that we were capable of without him."

Axelsson earns his second consecutive all-conference honor by ranking second in the conference with seven goals and five assists.

"Anton was the glue that held our team together," Johnson said. "His role changed once Tommy got injured and he sacrificed a lot for the team. Anton could have had more scoring options with the help of Tommy, but did a great job for the team accepting his role. Even though he made the second team all-conference, he is capable of the first team."

Werner, Munnelly and Runeman each earned their accolades after manning the backline for most of the season. The trio helped JU to four shutouts, while Runeman scored the game-winning goal against North Florida to secure the Dolphins' third consecutive Dennis Memorial Violett Cup on Sept. 30.

"Patrik is a very talented player," said Johnson. "He has a lot a respect from the rest of league and adds flare to the back line. Patrik is not only a good defender, but also a great soccer player.

"Both Eddie and Stefan played really well in their first season. They were probably one of a handful of freshman in the A-Sun that started in almost every match and played in all 90 minutes. We look forward to seeing these two for many years to come."