Nov. 13, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The University of San Diego finished the conference season with a 9-3-0 mark to win the West Coast Conference title on the final Friday of the season and Seamus McFadden was recognized as the 2012 WCC Coach of the Year, as voted on by the league's seven head coaches. Santa Clara senior Erik Hurtado is the WCC Player of the Year. Saint Mary's senior Trevor Newquist is the WCC Defensive Player of the Year. Larry Jackson, a senior from Santa Clara, is the Goalkeeper of the Year and Loyola Marymount forward Pedro Velazquez is the Freshman of the Year in the conference.
Hurtado's Player of the Year honor breaks a three-year streak in which the Toreros won the award. He led the West Coast Conference with 2.08 points per game, 0.83 goals, 0.42 assists per match and five total game-winning goals in conference play. He consistently ranked among the NCAA's top-10 in scoring this season. Hurtado is the first Bronco since Peter Lowry in 2007 to be voted Player of the Year. He is also the sixth SCU men's soccer player to win the award (Hurtado 2012, Lowry '07, Mehdi Ballouchy '05, Jeff Stewart '01, Paul Holocher 1990, Jeff Baicher '89).
Newquist anchored a Saint Mary's defense that had four shutouts during conference play. He also finished in the top-10 in the WCC with 0.73 points per game in WCC contests. Newquist is the first Gael to be named Defensive POY since Jordan Grider in 2009.
In the second year that the award has been handed out, Santa Clara senior Larry Jackson is the WCC Goalkeeper of the Year. In conference play, Jackson led the WCC with a 0.70 goals against average and six shutouts.
LMU's Pedro Velazquez is the WCC Freshman of the Year and was also named to the All-West Coast Conference Second Team. He is the only freshman to receive all-WCC honors this season. Velazquez helped the Lions finish the season with a five-match unbeaten streak. He was fifth in the conference with four goals in WCC action.
After leading USD to its first conference championship since 2009, Seamus McFadden was named the WCC Coach of the Year. This is the eighth time that McFadden has received the honor, his last coming in 2000 when he won three in a row from 1998 to 2000.
The Toreros will head north to Cal State Northridge on Thursday, November 15 for a first-round NCAA Tournament matchup against the Matadors. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. PST.
2012 West Coast Conference Player of the Year
Erik Hurtado, Sr., F, Santa Clara
2012 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year
Trevor Newquist, Sr., Saint Mary's
2012 West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year
Larry Jackson, Sr., Santa Clara
2012 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year
Pedro Velazquez, F, Loyola Marymount
2012 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year
Seamus McFadden, San Diego
2012 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
|Jose Cabeza||Sr.||M||Saint Mary's|
|James Cohn||Sr.||M||San Diego|
|Mark Daus||Jr.||D/M||Santa Clara|
|Dan Delgado||Sr.||M||San Diego|
|Mauricio Diaz De Leon||Jr.||M||San Francisco|
|Erik Hurtado||Sr.||F||Santa Clara|
|Larry Jackson||Sr.||GK||Santa Clara|
|Trevor Newquist||Sr.||D||Saint Mary's|
|Patrick Wallen||Sr.||F||San Diego|
2012 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
|Miguel Aguilar||So.||F||San Francisco|
|Mitch Boland||RS-Sr.||D||Loyola Marymount|
|Christian Duke||Sr.||M||San Diego|
|Elijah Galbraith-Knapp||Jr.||M||San Diego|
|Liam Kelly||Jr.||F||San Francisco|
|Julian Ringhof||RS-Jr.||D||San Diego|
|Brendan Roslund||Sr.||GK||San Francisco|
|Pedro Velazquez||Fr.||F||Loyola Marymount|
2012 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
Tariq Adam (Saint Mary's); Nathan Arambula (Saint Mary's); Bryce Bacic (Loyola Marymount); Paul Blanchette (Loyola Marymount); Murphy Campbell (Santa Clara); Greg Carter (Gonzaga); Matthew Chavez (San Diego); Matt Escobar (Santa Clara); Michael Escobar (Portland); Kevin Gould (San Francisco); Keith Grubisich (Portland); Drew Ilejevski (San Diego); Ryan Masch (Santa Clara); James Matern (Gonzaga); Conor McFadden (San Diego); John McFarlin (Loyola Marymount); Carlos Montes (Santa Clara); Craig Nitti (Loyola Marymount); Clark Phillips (Gonzaga); Andre Rawls (Saint Mary's); David Romney (San Francisco); Sean Sears (Loyola Marymount); Joshua Smith (San Francisco); Forrest Solis (Saint Mary's); Jaime Velasco (Portland)
2012 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN TEAM
|Paul Blanchette||GK||Loyola Marymount|
|Torrey DeArmas||M||San Diego|
|Kevin Gould||D||San Francisco|
|Ryan Masch||F||Santa Clara|
|Max Ornstil||M||Santa Clara|
|Joshua Smith||D/M||San Francisco|
|Forrest Solis||D||Saint Mary's|
|Pedro Velazquez||F||Loyola Marymount|