Nov. 30, 2007
For the second straight year, senior defender Chris Rodd received the Joe Allen MVP Award at the annual USF Men's Soccer Banquet held last night at San Francisco's historic Cliff House. Also awarded were Bryan VanCura who earned the Gus Donoghue Award as the player who best represents USF soccer on and off the field, and freshman Victor Cortez, who won the Stephen Negoesco Award as the team's outstanding underclassman.
Rodd, a transfer from William and Mary, consistently exceled on the field and while with the Green and Gold garnered back-to-back All-WCC honors. Over the past two seasons as a Don, he started in all 36 matches. This year, he scored the game winning goal in a 2-1 overtime victory at Stanford. In the 2006 season, he helped the team record an amazing 0.88 goals against average.
Vancura, who won the esteemed Gus Donoghue Award, has been applauded as one of the hardest working players on the team. Both tenacious and enthusiastic, the junior defender has been described as a natural team leader.
The Stephen Negoesco Award was given to Cortez, who started in 15 matches as a freshman defender. Cortez also earned All-WCC freshman team honors this season. Prior to joining the Green and Gold, Victor was a four year varsity player at Miramonte High School where he was a 2007 high school All-American. With the season over, Cortez is currently playing for the US under 20 National Team in Argentina.
Finally, USF's eight seniors were recognized at last night's banquet. Forward Ardalan Attar who scored two game-winning goals in his two-year career with the Dons; 2007 All-WCC first team honoree and superb ball handler Daniel DeGeer; Ben Dessard who scored a key goal vs. WCC rival St. Mary's; forward Jordan Keyes known for his passing skills and power game; All-WCC honoree forward Brandon McDonald who was credited with two goals and two assists this year; goalkeeper Jeff Leles who transferred from Dominican; and All-WCC first team selection Chris Rodd.
2007 National Player of the Year Candidate, senior defender Rob Valentino will also leave the hilltop this year. Valentino, who co-shared the 2006 MVP award with Chris Rodd, was injured early in the year and as a result did not see time on the field this season. The Dons made three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances with Valentino.
Head Coach Erik Visser concluded the night by congratulating the seniors and discussing how the team will prepare and rebuild to meet the challenges ahead.