Albuquerque, N.M. -
On the eve of the conference tournament, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation announced its All-Conference teams for men's soccer, and Seattle University student-athletes Marshall Kosaka (Burien, Wash.) and Jose Merlo (San Marcos, Calif.) earned places on one of the squads based on voting by the conference coaches.
Kosaka earned Second Team All-MPSF acclaim, the second straight season he has been honored by the conference after picking up honorable mention All-MPSF recognition last year. In 17 matches, he scored two goals and dished out two assists for six total points. Both goals came Sept. 21 against Portland, as he scored the game-tying goal right before halftime and the game-winning tally late in the second half to help the Redhawks defeat the Pilots, 4-3.
In his first collegiate season, Merlo received honorable mention All-MPSF recognition for his work in the backline for Seattle U. The freshman battled injuries throughout the season, but he was able to appear in the starting lineup 10 matches. He played a significant role in holding San Jose State scoreless over 110 minutes in Seattle U's MPSF opener Sept. 30.
Gyasi Zardes of CSU Bakersfield was named MPSF Player of the Year, while New Mexico's Ben McKendry earned Newcomer of the Year honors and Doug Hill of Air Force received the Coach of the Year Award. New Mexico, the host school, is the number one seed for the MPSF Tournament, which will decide the team that receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The Seattle University men's soccer team finished the 2012 season with a 3-13-1 record, including a 1-8-1 record within the MPSF.