Dec. 3, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Matt Kovar and sophomore Bobby Burling were named NSCAA Far West Region All-Americans, announced today. Kovar was named to the first team, while Burling was a third team honoree. It is the second time that Kovar has been named a Far West Region All-American, earning third team honors in 2002. It is the first All-American honor for Burling.
Kovar, the WCC's Defender of the Year, was LMU's top defender this season. The first-team All-WCC selection helped the Lions limit opponents to no more than two goals during WCC play. He had two goals and five assists this year, and four of his assists were in conference play. His second goal of the year tied the game in the final minutes against Saint Mary's, and he assisted on two game winning goals against Portland and San Diego. He tied for fifth for assists in conference games, and recorded 24 shots on the year. He was named the WCC Player of the Week, and to Soccer America's Team of the Week after leading the defense to two shutouts wins over Gonzaga and Portland.
Burling finished the season with three goals and four assists on the year. The tall physical forward started 21 of 22 games for the Lions. He scored two goals in LMU's 4-2 win over San Diego, including the game-winner, and added a goal against Wake Forest. He assisted on the game-winning goal in LMU's 1-0 win over Portland, and recorded assists over Southwest Missouri State, Saint Mary's and Portland.
The Lions finished the season with a 11-8-3 record, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lions finished second in the conference with an 8-3-1 record.
All players on the regional All-American teams are now eligible for the national All-American teams to be released later this month.
Below are the 2004 NSCAA Division I Men's All-American Soccer Far West Region Teams:
Each * Indicates a Previous Selection NSCAA Far-West 1st Team Year School Hometown State/Country GK Dan Kennedy Sr UC Santa Barbara Yorba Linda California Def Matt Kovar* Sr Loyola Marymount University Palos Verdes California Def Tony Lochhead Sr UC Santa Barbara Tauranga New Zealand Def Aaron Lopez Sr University of California, Los Angeles Santa Barbara California MF Medhi Ballouchy* Jr Santa Clara University Casablanca Morocco MF Mike Enfield Sr University of California, Los Angeles Ventura California MF CJ Klaas** Sr University of Washington Cherry Valley Illinois MF Lance Watson* Jr University of New Mexico Nederland Texas F Drew McAthy* Sr UC Santa Barbara Huntington Beach California F Jeff Rowland Jr University of New Mexico Albuquerque New Mexico F Willie Sims* So Cal State University, Northridge Los Angeles California
NSCAA Far-West 2nd Team Year School Hometown State/Country GK Andrew Weber Sr University of New Mexico Tempe Arizona Def Andrew Boyens So University of New Mexico Dunedin New Zealand Def Liam Girard Jr University of Denver Victoria British Columbia Def Noah Merl Sr University of California, Berkeley Walnut Creek California Def Troy Roberts* Sr University of California, Berkeley Fremont California MF Kyle Christensen So University of Denver Layton Utah MF Ryan Guy Jr University of San Diego San Diego California MF Heath Pearce Jr University of Portland Modesto California F Aaron Chandler So University of San Francisco Riverside California F Darren Fernandez Sr Stanford University Benoni South Africa F Marcus Sagastume** Sr United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs Colorado
NSCAA Far-West 3rd Team Year School Hometown State/Country GK Luis Robles So University of Portland Phoenix Arizona Def Josh Brown Jr University of Portland Portland Oregon Def Ty Harden So University of Washington Junction City Oregon Def Chris Schwarze Sr University of San Francisco Camarillo California MF Boomer Arbelaez Sr University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada MF Brandon Moss* Jr University of New Mexico Albuquerque New Mexico MF Alejandro Salazar* Jr University of Portland Portland Oregon MF Kevin Wilson* Sr University of San Diego Irvine California F Bobby Burling So Loyola Marymount University Monument Colorado F Robert Findley Jr Oregon State University Phoenix Arizona F Luc Harrington So UC Riverside Diamond Bar California