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Five Men's Soccer Players Garner All-WCC Accolades

Nov. 26, 2007

San Bruno, CA - Following the conclusion of the 2007 Saint Mary's College men's soccer campaign, five players were garnered All-West Coast Conference honors. Saint Mary's had one player on the first team, one on the second team, three honorable mention selections and one all-freshmen team honoree.

"I'm very proud of these five players and the seasons that they had individually," said head men's soccer coach Adam Cooper. "The fact that we have four of the five coming back will be a lot to build around for next year. We're going to look to the four returning players to continue their success and help build this program to a top team in the West Coast Conference."

Sophomore midfielder Dylan Leslie (Lancaster, CA) garnered First Team All-WCC honors after playing in all 18 games this season with 17 as a starter. Leslie finished his second season with the Gaels with four points on two goals and two assists. Following his freshman season, Leslie was a Second Team All-WCC and a WCC All-Freshmen Team selection in 2006.

Junior defender Corey Heldreth (Sumner, WA) garnered second team All-WCC honors after having a stellar season at the middle back for the Gaels. Heldreth was a vital component for the Gaels defensive line that helped SMC post a school record for fewest goals allowed with 21. The previous record was 25 goals allowed, which happened in 1981, 1994, and 2004. Heldreth also scored one goal this season.

Saint Mary's had three players garner honorable mention honors in senior midfielder David Blanchard (Littleton, CO), junior midfielder Justin Kim (Mililani, HI), and freshman defender Kyle Deremer (Omaha, NE). Blanchard led the Gaels with three goals this season, to total six points on the year. Blanchard also tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals.

In his first year at Saint Mary's, Kim, a transfer from Bowling Green, led the Gaels with eight points. He also recorded a team-high six assists, which ranks tied for eight in the SMC single season record books. Kim tallied one goal while playing in all 18 games this season.

Kyle Deremer (Omaha, NE) was selected to both the honorable mention squad and was one of 11 freshmen named to the WCC All-Freshmen team. Deremer started all 18 games in his first season at Saint Mary's and was a key component to SMC's stellar play on the defensive end of the field. He helped SMC post a school record for fewest goals allowed while helping the team post a 1.13 goals against average for the year.