Marinette's Ryan Dura was a first-team selection in the North Eastern Conference for 2018. 
Marinette's Ryan Dura was a first-team selection in the North Eastern Conference for 2018. 

MARINETTE — Three members of the Marinette boys soccer team were included in the Northeastern Conference’s 2018 all-conference selections.

Senior goalkeeper Ryan Dura was named to the first team while Matt Genisot was a second-team selection and Noah Cegelski earned honorable mention honors.

The awards were voted upon by the league’s nine head coaches. Coach Frank Pohlmann was proud of his goalkeeper, who was named to the first team on seven of a possible eight ballots, since coaches aren’t allowed to vote for any of their players.

Dura posted over 80 saves on the season and helped the Marines to seven shutouts, including four in NEC play.

“As a goalkeeper you need to have two things,” Pohlmann said. “You want to be strong on the line with good reflexes and you also want to have command of the penalty box. Ryan has both.

“This was the first year that he really controlled the defense in front of him. I think as a captain he felt more comfortable being vocal and he had a very strong season.”

Genisot, a senior defender, anchored the back line in front of Dura, while the Marines played a stingy brand of defense allowing just over two goals per game.

“I think the other coaches recognized that we had something special defensively this year. I was particularly proud of Matt,” Pohlmann said. “He was not a polished player when he started. He didn’t play much in his freshman year, but he always stayed positive, worked hard, stayed around and turned into a very good player. I use him as an example that if you stay around and work hard, good things will happen.

“By and large, he was recognized because he is an excellent one-on-one defender. He really excelled as a central defender this year.”

Cegelski, who was one of only two freshman among the 38 players honored, set the tone for an excellent season in his very first game when he scored and assisted a goal during a 2-0 win over Kingsford.

“This was special for Noah to receive the award as a freshman,” Pohlmann said. “He is a very seasoned club player, and he is very good technically with both feet which allows him to play essentially every position on the field.

“For him, this should be just the start and there should be good things to come for him and the team.”

Pohlmann said the future is bright for his team, that posted a record of 6-9-4 this season. The Marines’ JV squad went 6-2 on the year, finishing second in the NEC, while Cegelski and fellow freshman Keegan Polomis made outstanding contributions the varsity team.