November 17, 2009

End-of-Season Accolades Earned by Matador Men's Soccer Team

Nov. 17, 2009

2009 All-Big West Conference Teams and Awards Get Acrobat Reader

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Big West Conference officials unveiled the 2009 All-Big West Men's Soccer teams Tuesday afternoon, a list that was strewn with names associated with the soccer program at Cal State Northridge.

A total of six student-athletes earned conference honors, including Head Coach Terry Davila who was named Coach of the Year for his efforts throughout the 2009 campaign.

"I still cannot believe that my peers voted me Coach of the Year," stated Davila.

"It is a great honor to earn, and I am extremely thankful to earn such an award in as tough and competitive a conference as the Big West."

All awards and honors are voted on by the coaching staff of each participating program within the conference.

Three Matadors earned a spot on the First Team as senior forward Cameron Sims, senior midfielder Sunghyun Kim, and senior defender Chad Borak all close out their respective collegiate careers on a positive note.

Both Kim and Borak earned conference honors last season as the former earned a spot on the Second Team, while the latter was named to the Honorable Mention team.

Senior defender Dylan Riley also closes out a stellar career at Northridge having been named to the Honorable Mention team with his freshman teammates midfielder Rene Anguiano and goalkeeper Michael Abalos.

Sims finished the 2009 season having led the Matadors in goals scored with seven, shots taken with 74, and three game-winning goals.

Kim finished as the team-leader in assists for the second straight season wity seven, tied Sims for the most shots on goal taken, and connected on the only penalty shot earned by the team in 2009.

Borak earned one goal and assist, and helped anchor one of the most well-respected and stingiest back-lines in the conference in an effort to assist the team's transition from one decoreated goalkeeper in Kevin Guppy to (now) another one in Abalos.

Riley's three goals tied him with Robert Pate for the third-highest amount of goals scored on the team, while his one assist helped him finish the season with a total of seven points.

Trailing only Kim, Anguiano's five assists helped make him one of the most dangerous freshmen in the conference, and will be counted on to fill the void created by Kim once he graduates in the spring.

It was last spring when one of the most decorated goalkeepers in the conference graduated from CSUN, leaving behing some large shoes to fill in-between the pipes. Five shutouts, 60 saves, and a 1.17 goals against average later, Abalos quickly ended all comparisons to Guppy, earning a name for himself in the process with his stellar performances as CSUN's starting 'keeper.

When asked about the string of honors earned by his team, Davila had only one thing to say, "these guys worked hard and I am proud of the successes everyone earned throughout the season. But I would exchange my award for a spot in the NCAA College Cup Tournament anytime."

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