Hogan, Ward selected All-Conference

Published 9:50 pm Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy boys’ soccer team had two All-Conference selections in Jordan Ward and Brett Hogan.

The Saints recently wrapped up a 10-6 record to end their season. That record stands for the Saints’ most winningest season since 2004. Of the 10 wins, five of them were from conference opponents, and it wrapped up a solid season for NSA, which also saw them earn some postseason accolades.

“The guys left it out there every single game,” Coach Patrick Whelan said. “I’m so proud of our team’s effort. Day in and day out, we worked hard to better ourselves.”

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NSA had two representatives on the All-Conference teams in Ward and Hogan. He scored 12 goals and had five assists for NSA. He finished in the top 10 in points in the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools. Hogan was the captain of the team in every way. He finished the season with five goals and two assists and helped contribute to six shutouts at the center-back position.

“Jordan scored important goals for us, but it is his overall play that I’m proudest of,” Whelan said. “Jordan makes those around him better. He trusts his teammates, and Jordan comes up big when it matters most. Brett was the captain of the team in every way possible. He played probably every minute of the season. Brett is a real leader. His teammates are lucky to have played with him, and he’ll be a massive miss for us next year.”

Even though the Saints finished with a strong record, they were eliminated in the first round of the conference tournament and also weren’t able to qualify for the state tournament; however, Whelan felt good about most of the things they were able to accomplish as a team this year.

“When it comes to looking back on our season as a whole, I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “While there may be some goals we left out on the field, overall, we collectively and individually improved every day. Coach Sanin and Coach Hogan worked tirelessly to train the team, and each player worked hard to improve his skills to help the team grow. I’ll miss working with this group of guys a lot, and I already can’t wait for next season.”