Nov. 21, 2007
Three LMU men's soccer players gained All-West Coast Conference recognition as the conference's postseason awards were handed out Wednesday. Senior Adam Sloustcher was a First Team selection while freshman Rafael Baca was named to the Second and All-Freshman Teams. Senior Tyler Mehl rounded out the Lion honorees with a place on the Honorable Mention list. The awards are the first for all three players.
A team captain, Sloustcher was a rock in the heart of the Lion defense. Moving between central defender and defensive midfield, Sloustcher recovered from an early-season injury to start the final 19 games of the season, leading the Lions in minutes played with 1,666 and providing one assist. More impressive was Sloustcher's leadership ability, as he helped mentor a young team that included 11 newcomers through a difficult season on and off the field. A Dean's List student at LMU, Sloustcher was recognized as Academic All-District by CoSIDA earlier in the season.
In his first collegiate season, Baca led the Lions in assists (five) and points (nine) while tying for the team high with a pair of goals. Baca started all 19 of his games and showed he could handle the physical play of Division I soccer by playing 1,550 minutes, third-most on the team. Splitting time between forward and attacking midfield, Baca got better as the season went on, scoring both of his goals and supplying three of his assists during WCC play.
Mehl caps his career with a place on the Honorable Mention team. A tireless worker up front, Mehl stepped out of the shadows during his senior campaign, starting 17 of the 20 games after making just eight starts in the three seasons prior. His two assists in 2007 were a career-high and put him second on the team. He, along with Baca, provided the assist for LMU's lone conference win, a 1-0 upset of #23 Gonzaga. Mehl completed his career with five goals and three assists for 13 points.