Big West Announces 2016 Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
2016 Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
Cal Poly, CSUN and UC Santa Barbara representatives landed the major awards to highlight the announcement of the 2016 Big West Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team.
UC Santa Barbara forward Nick DePuy headlined the recipients in becoming the league’s first three-time Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Kevin Feucht earned Midfielder of the Year honors. A trio of CSUN individuals claimed hardware with Goalkeeper of the Year Kevin Marquez, Coach of the Year Terry Davila and Defensive Player of the Year Patrick Hickman. The Freshman of the Year award went to Cal Poly’s Christian Enriquez.
DePuy (Irvine, Calif./Regis Jesuit HS) helped power the Big West’s top offensive club in UCSB, scoring six of its 30 goals this season. The Big West’s active career leader in goals (31), points (66), shots (223) and game-winning goals (16), DePuy ranks No. 9 in the conference with 16 points despite drawing heavy coverage every game. The Gauchos are 19-2-6 all-time when DePuy scores a point. He scored a goal in three straight matches – Loyola Marymount, California, UC Riverside – at one point this season. He also leads the conference in shots (60) and shots per game (3.16). In the Big West record book, DePuy is tied for No. 7 all-time in goals, No. 2 in game-winning goals and No. 4 in shots.
Feucht (Schwetzingen, Germany/Hebel-Gymnasium Schwetzingen) is the fifth different UC Santa Barbara player to capture Midfielder of the Year since the award’s creation in 2004. Feucht enjoyed a breakout 2016 season offensively in helping the Gauchos capture their fourth consecutive Big West North Division crown. He scored 10 goals to share the Big West lead, and his 22 points tops all conference players. In addition, his three-game winning strikes are tied for second most in the conference. The junior became the sixth Gaucho ever to record a goal in five straight games earlier this season. The German national has tallied at least one point in 10 of UCSB’s 19 contests. He garnered Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 3 after scoring goals against both UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton to open conference play.
Marquez (Santa Ana, Calif./Bloomington HS) became the third Goalkeeper of the Year from CSUN, joining Kevin Guppy (2005, 2008) and Michael Abalos (2012). He started all 18 matches, recording a 1.21 goals against average with 89 saves. He registered three shutouts and anchored a Matador side that tied for second in the conference for fewest goals allowed (23). A fifth-year senior who had appeared in three career matches entering the 2016 season, Marquez made a career-high nine saves Oct. 12 against Cal State Fullerton, and finished the regular season with five or more stops in 11 matches. His 89 saves ranks No. 7 in the NCAA, while his 4.94 saves per game is No. 16 nationally. In addition, his .795 save percentage ranks No. 2 in the Big West.
Receiving a record sixth Coach of the Year award, Davila led CSUN to its second Big West South Division title – and first since 2012. The Matadors went 8-6-4 overall during the regular season and accumulated 18 points via a 5-2-3 Big West record. Davila also won Big West championships in 2003 and 2005. In his 18th year at CSUN, Davila has tallied 160 overall victories and 79 Big West wins since 2001. In Big West annals, he ranks second all-time in conference wins and third in overall wins. Davila’s previous Coach of the Year citations occurred in 2002, 2003, 2005 (co), 2009 and 2012.
Hickman (Columbia, S.C./Judge Memorial Catholic HS) is the third different Matador in the last five seasons to receive Defensive Player of the Year recognition, joining Joe Franco (2012) and Trevor Morley (2015). A starter in all 18 matches, Hickman led a defense that tied for the second-fewest goals allowed (23) and ranked fourth in goals against average (1.21) in Big West statistical categories. Opponents scored one goal or less in 14 of 18 contests with Hickman patrolling the field. The senior also got involved on the offensive side, tying for second on the team with seven points. He notched a career-high three goals, all in Big West play, including a game-winner against Sacramento State.
Enriquez (Spring Valley, Calif./Helix HS) became the third Freshman of the Year from Cal Poly – and first since David Zamora (2007) and Patrick Sigler (2008) won back-to-back awards. The midfielder started 16 games and finished with a goal and an assist. He scored his first career goal against Blue-Green rival UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 15, and collected the assist in the regular season finale versus Sacramento State in a 2-1 victory. Enriquez recorded the third-most shots (18) and shots on goal (7) on the team.
DePuy is the 15th player in Big West history – and fifth from UCSB – to be named first team all-conference at least three times in a career. Gaucho teammates Feucht and Josue España earned All-Big West First Team honors for the second time in their careers.
The complete 2016 All-Big West Men’s Soccer Team can be viewed via the PDF link above.