December 15, 2012
CCNY's Kucuk, Asamoah-Wade earn region honors
NEW YORK – City College of New York seniors Tayfun Kucuk and Dzindzi Asamoah-Wade were named to the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-East Region team searlier this month.
Kucuk entered the season as the only two-time captain for coach Roberto Ignaccolo's men team. His leadership was a vital point to the turnaround season for CCNY as he posted a 5-5-1 record with two shutouts after beginning the season at 0-3.
He was named to the City University of New York Athletic Conference second team after recording two shutouts. His performance in the CUNYAC playoffs demonstrated his impact. He made 14 saves in the quarterfinals against Lehman College, including two game-saving saves and was successful in his lone penalty kick attempt as the third-seeded Beavers defeated the Lightning in penalty kicks to advance to the semifinals.
Wade earned the first NSCAA honor in CCNY women’s soccer history. Her campaign ended with the midfielder earning the CUNYAC soccer player of the year honor, the first in CCNY history. She led the Beavers to their first NCAA Division III tournament appearance as City College earned the first automatic NCAA qualifier in conference history.
In the CUNYAC championship game against the College of Staten Island, she posted the only goal and was named the Most Valuable Player.
She was named CUNYAC women’s player of the week three times and ECAC Player of the Week once and became the first player in school history to reach double digits in goals (22) and assists (10) in a season. Her 22 goals set a season record as the Rochester, N.Y. native registered two hat-tricks.