Big West Unveils 2017 Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
2017 Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
Six different schools found representation on the major awards honor roll as the 2017 Big West Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team was announced Tuesday.
UC Irvine forward Giovanni Godoy earned Big West Offensive Player of the Year honors. UC Davis was the only multiple award recipient with the selections of Roy Boateng as Defensive Player of the Year and Dwayne Shaffer as Coach of the Year. Cal State Fullerton’s Ross McPhie and Sacramento State’s Paul Geyer were tabbed Co-Midfielders of the Year. Henrik Regitnig of CSUN claimed Goalkeeper of the Year honors, while Rodney Michael of UC Santa Barbara garnered Freshman of the Year recognition.
Godoy (Watsonville, Calif./Watsonville HS) became the sixth Offensive Player of the Year representative from UC Irvine – and first since Miguel Ibarra in 2011. Godoy led the Big West in multiple statistical categories, including goals (13), points (29), shots (63), goals per game (0.68) and points per game (1.53). The senior also ranked second among conference players with four game-winning goals. The 13 goals are tied for No. 2 all-time on the Anteater single-season list. Godoy’s goal haul included nine in conference play, with braces against Sacramento State (Sept. 30), UC Riverside (Oct. 11) and CSUN (Oct. 14). The ‘Eaters posted a 7-2-2 record in games which Godoy recorded either a goal or an assist.
Boateng (Rohnert Park, Calif./Rancho Cotate HS) is the first UC Davis recipient of Defensive Player of the Year honors. The junior started all 19 games during the regular season and was the centerpiece of a backline that posted the best goals against average (0.78) in Big West play. Boateng contributed to five shutout victories against conference competition, helping the Aggies clinch the Big West North Division title with a 7-2-1 record. He impacted four UC Davis shutouts against North Division counterparts Sacramento State and UC Santa Barbara – the Aggies outscoring both opponents by a combined 13-0. Boateng also scored his first goal of the year – the 16th different Aggie to find paydirt this season – in a 2-1 win over Cal Poly on Oct. 25.
Shaffer claimed his second Coach of the Year award – and the first since 2007 when UC Davis joined the Big West. Shaffer piloted the Aggies to a 10-7-2 regular season mark and the Big West North Division championship. The 22 points the Aggies accumulated via a 7-2-1 conference record represented the highest total in school history on a 10-game schedule, eclipsing the 21 in 2012 when they captured the North for the first time. Shaffer led UC Davis to double-digit wins for the fourth time since 2007. He hit a pair of milestones this year, logging the 200th win of his Division I coaching career on Sept. 8 against Loyola Marymount, and reaching the 200-win plateau at UC Davis in the regular season finale with a 3-0 triumph against Sacramento State. He is 200-162-52 in 21 years with the Aggies.
For the first time since the Midfielder of the Year award began in 2004, two players are sharing the honor.
McPhie (Nelson, New Zealand/Saint Kentigern College) is the first Cal State Fullerton designee as top midfielder. The junior notched 17 points on seven goals and three assists to lead the Titans to a co-division title and the Big West Tournament No. 1 North seed. He tied for the team lead and tied for fifth in the Big West in points, while his seven goals are tied for sixth. McPhie scored game-winning goals against Santa Clara, UNLV and Sacramento State, and the Titans were 5-1-1 in games when he scored a goal.
Geyer (Sacramento, Calif./Rio Americano HS) is the first Hornet player to receive a major award of any kind. The only four-time All-Big West selection in program history, Geyer posted two goals and an assist while starting all 16 games he participated in. Geyer has started 64 straight games since the middle of his freshman season. The senior has posted career-highs in goals (2) and points (5) in 2017.
Regitnig (Invermere, B.C., Canada/UMKC) is another in a long line of outstanding CSUN goalkeepers. He is the second straight Matador and fifth overall to be named the league’s top netminder. The junior posted the Big West’s top goals against average (1.13) while ranking second in save percentage (.738), tying for second in saves (62) and tying for third in shutouts (4). Regitnig has played a conference-leading 1,748 minutes, posting a 9-8-2 record with four shutouts. He has allowed one goal or less in 12 of 19 contests.
Michael (Freetown, Sierra Leone/Dunn School) becomes the seventh Gaucho in the last nine seasons to claim the Freshman of the Year moniker – and the ninth overall. Michael topped all Big West freshmen in goals (8) and points (20), while those totals placed him tied for second conference-wide in both categories. In addition, the forward ranked third in shots (42) and tied for second in points per game (1.11) and goals per game (0.44). Michael was especially impressive in Big West play where he posted six goals and three assists. He notched a goal or an assist in nine of the last 15 games.
The complete 2017 All-Big West Men’s Soccer Team can be viewed via the link at the top of the page: