MISENHEIMER, NC – Head men’s soccer coach Bob Reasso has announced this season’s award winners for the Falcons who finished the season with 10 wins and took top-seeded Erskine to penalty kicks in the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinal. The 10 wins posted by Pfeiffer are the most since the 2008-09 season and the program combined for eight wins in three seasons before Reasso took the reins. The six awards handed out were each named after Pfeiffer Hall of Famers.
Junior midfielder Chandler Ligas was given the David Smith Inspirational Award. Smith, who perished in Vietnam, earned the Purple Heart, Silver Star (for Gallantry in Action), Bronze Star (For Heroism) and Vietnam Service Medal while serving during the war. During his playing career at Pfeiffer, Smith was a team captain and All-American during the 1965 soccer season.
Junior Luke Janes received the Robbie Church Leadership Award. Church was an outstanding player for the Falcons and was a two-time captain. Church was twice named All-Conference and All-District and was an All-South athlete once. Following his playing career, Church embarked on a successful coaching career and currently directs the Duke women’s soccer program. Church has been in Durham for 14 years following successful stints at East Carolina, Belmont Abbey and UNC Charlotte.
Junior Niko Andrade was presented the Nick Lefko Sportsmanship Award. Lefko is a member of the NAIA Soccer Hall of Fame and had the Pfeiffer Soccer Field named after him. Lefko built the soccer program at Pfeiffer and was the Head Coach from 1959-74. In total, Lefko provided 42 years of service to Pfeiffer and was inducted to the Pfeiffer Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
Junior Corey Davis earned the Class of 1961 12th Man Award. The 1961 team went 9-1-3 and defeated N.C. St., South Carolina and Davidson with its only blemish being a 3-1 loss against North Carolina. The team was instrumental in putting Pfeiffer soccer on the map and were great servants and leaders.
Freshman Nathan Regis was handed two awards after a tremendous rookie season. Regis was the Bob Perry MVP and The Chuck Nichols Top Goal Scorer. Perry is one of three Falcons, including Reasso, to serve as both a player and a coach for Pfeiffer soccer. Perry was a two-time All-South athlete and coached the team’s highest scoring offense in school history. The 1975 soccer team scored 90 goals in 16 games, including a school record 15 against Atlantic Christian.
Regis also took home the Top Goal Scorer award after scoring 10 times on the season. The award is named after Chuck Nichols who was a great player and goal-scoring threat. For his career, Nichols tallied 44 goals and 38 assists and was twice named First Team All-District.