Six Big West Players Named NSCAA All-Far West Region
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2016 NSCAA Division I All-Far West Region Team
The Big West placed six men’s soccer players on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Far West Region team.
Two players each from CSUN and UC Santa Barbara, as well as one apiece from Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside made the list.
The Far West Region is comprised of schools from the Big West, Pac-12 and West Coast conferences.
A trio of players were tabbed on the all-region second team: UC Santa Barbara senior Nick DePuy, CSUN senior Patrick Hickman, and UC Riverside senior Romario Lomeli.
Named to his third all-region team during an illustrious career at UCSB, DePuy culminated his final year in a Gaucho uniform as the first individual in conference history to be named Big West Offensive Player of the Year three times. He scored six goals with two assists for 14 points. On the Big West leaderboard, he tied for No. 7 in goals and No. 10 in points. Drawing dense coverage throughout the season from opponents, he still managed to lead the conference with 63 shots. In the Big West record book, he finished tied for No. 7 in goals (31), No. 3 in game-winning goals (16) and No. 4 in shots (223). A native of Irvine, Calif., DePuy earned first team all-region accolades and 2015 and third team recognition in 2014.
For the fifth straight year, a CSUN player captured NSCAA All-Far West Region second team honors when Hickman made the squad. The 2016 Big West Defensive Player of the Year, Hickman helped the Matadors return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013. Hickman anchored a defense that registered a conference-low 1.11 goals against average over 21 games, as CSUN went on to claim the Big West South Division and Tournament titles. Hickman also got involved offensively, tying for second on the team with seven points on three goals and an assist.
Lomeli became UC Riverside’s first all-region honoree to be ranked as high as second team since Jose Diaz in 2012. The Panorama City, Calif. native led the Big West with nine assists. He also tied for No. 7 in goals (6), and was third in points (21). He concluded his Highlander career as the school’s all-time assist leader with 20.
The three players to make the all-region third team were UC Santa Barbara junior Kevin Feucht, Cal State Fullerton senior Alex Heilmann and CSUN senior Juan Fernando Samayoa.
Feucht, who made the second team in 2015, collected Big West Midfielder of the Year honors this season as he ranked No. 2 on the conference leaderboard in goals (11) and points (24). He notched three game-winning goals.
Heilmann led the Big West with 12 goals, while Samayoa was fourth in points with 18.