Big West Announces 2018 Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
2018 Big West Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
The major awards were spread out among five schools to highlight the announcement of the 2018 Big West Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team on Tuesday.
Regular season champion UC Irvine took home three primary Big West awards with IVAN CANALES as Offensive Player of the Year, DANIEL CRISOSTOMO as Midfielder of the Year and YOSSI RAZ as Coach of the Year. Repeat award recipients included CSUN’s HENRIK REGITNIG earning Goalkeeper of the Year recognition and ROY BOATENG of UC Davis collecting Defensive Player of the Year accolades. BENJI KIKANOVIC of Sacramento State and BEN ROACH of UC Santa Barbara were named Co-Freshman of the Year honorees.
The all-conference first team consisted of eight seniors, one junior and four sophomores. Four individuals claimed a repeat selection to the first team – Boateng, Regitnig, UC Santa Barbara’s RODNEY MICHAEL and Cal State Fullerton’s ROSS McPHIE.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR • IVAN CANALES, UC IRVINE
Senior • Forward • Santa Ana, Calif. • JSerra HS
• Finished the regular season topping the Big West in points (25) and co-leading in goals (10).
• Led all-conference players with six game-winning goals. Nine career game-winners ties him for No. 8 all-time in league record book.
• Scored six of his 10 goals during Big West play, including game-winners versus UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly.
• Had two multi-goal games (Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly).
• Clutch scorer has scored three goals in double overtime, including one with two seconds left against Cal Poly.
• Became just the seventh player in Big West history to amass at least 20 career goals and 20 career assists.
• Seventh ‘Eater to earn top offensive honors, following Jon Spencer (2001), Brad Evans (2005, 2006), Irving Garcia (2009), Amani Walker (2010), Miguel Ibarra (2011) and Giovanni Godoy (2017).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR • ROY BOATENG, UC DAVIS
Senior • Accra, Ghana • Rancho Cotate HS
• Third player in history to repeat as top defensive player – Edwin Miranda (CSUN, 2002-03) & Andy Iro (UC Santa Barbara, 2005-07).
• Started all 17 games while anchoring Aggie defensive unit that allowed only 15 goals – second-fewest among Big West schools.
• Helped UC Davis post the conference’s second-lowest team goals against average (0.85).
• Scored a goal against San Jose State on August 31.
• Contributed to six shutouts, tied for third among Big West schools.
MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR • DANIEL CRISOSTOMO, UC IRVINE
Senior • Fontana, Calif. • The Webb Schools
• Fourth Anteater to be tabbed league’s best midfielder, joining Brad Evans (2004), Matt Murphy (2006) and Enrique Cardenas (2013).
• Scored first three goals of his career this season. Added three assists for a total of nine points.
• Played key role in fueling Big West’s most potent offense – ranked No. 1 in goals (34), assists (36) and points (104).
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR • HENRIK REGITNIG, CSUN
Senior • Invermere, B.C. • UMKC
• Fifth individual in Big West history to earn second career goalkeeper award, and second Matador (Kevin Guppy, 2005 & 2008).
• Finished regular season with 9-6-1 record, 58 saves and 1.05 goals against average.
• Ranked No. 4 in Big West in GAA, No. 5 in saves and No. 5 in save percentage (.773).
• Tallied five shutouts this season, giving him nine for his career for the seventh-most in CSUN history.
• Three-time Big West Defensive Player of the Week, and one of only four players in league history with six career weekly citations.
COACH OF THE YEAR • YOSSI RAZ, UC IRVINE
• Becomes first Coach of the Year from UC Irvine since George Kuntz in 2008.
• Led UCI to the program’s first regular season title since 2013 – ‘Eaters finished 5-1-1 for 16 points.
• In guiding UCI to 11-5-2 overall record, team has been nationally ranked in all three major polls, including No. 13 by Top Drawer Soccer.
• Helped build one of nation’s top offenses – ranked in the NCAA in goals (34, t-13th), assists (36, t-11th) and points (104, 14th).
CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR • BENJI KIKANOVIC, SACRAMENTO STATE
Forward • Antelope, Calif. • Antelope HS
• First Hornet to capture the conference’s top freshman honor.
• Led all Big West freshmen in goals (5) and points (14). Tied for most assists by a freshman with four.
• Tied for No. 7 in the Big West in goals and points.
• Scored game-winning goals against CSU Bakersfield and San Francisco. Had first career multi-goal game against CSUB.
CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR • BEN ROACH, UC SANTA BARBARA
Goalkeeper • Santa Barbara, Calif. • Santa Barbara HS
• First goalkeeper to earn top freshman award since UC Irvine’s Andrew Fontein in 2008.
• Gives the Gauchos a freshman recipient for the sixth time in the last seven years, and 10th time in 18-year history of the award.
• Posted a 10-5-1 record with 49 saves and a 0.73 goals against average, currently the third-lowest in school history.
• Tied for No. 2 in Big West with six shutouts. Twelve goals allowed is fewest by any starting goalie in the conference.
• Made career-high nine saves against nationally ranked Saint Mary’s.