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Josten, Higgins Earn Far West Region Honors

Dec. 14, 2007

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KANSAS CITY, Kans. - For the first time in program history, Gonzaga University's men's soccer team has had two players earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Far West Region honors.

Senior forward George Josten earned his second straight first-team nod and his third selection overall, while senior keeper Vito Higgins was accorded second-team recognition.

The duo helped lead the Bulldogs (9-7-4) to the NCAA Tournament this past season for the second time in school history.

Josten, a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, paced the Bulldogs in scoring with 17 points while leading the Bulldogs in goals (5) and assists (7). His 34 career goals tie him with Brian Ching for third on the all-time Gonzaga charts, his 17 assists rank third and his 85 points rank fourth. In addition to his two first-team All-Far West Region selections, Josten was a third-team pick as a sophomore in 2005, making him the first three-time selection in Gonzaga history.

Higgins, a native of Kailua, Hawai'i, posted a 0.71 goals-against-average this season to rank second on the single-season charts, just shy of the school record of 0.68 set in 1998. The Bulldogs posted six shutouts this season, giving Higgins 14 for his career to move into second on the all-time Gonzaga charts. His 1.34 career GAA ranks third and he leaves as the all-time saves leader with 305. The 15 goals allowed this season rank fifth.