The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men’s All-Far West Region teams have been announced and two Redhawks represented Seattle University men’s soccer on the teams. Miguel Gonzalez (Yelm, Wash.) was named to the First Team while Jake Feener (Rocklin, Calif.) was named to the Third Team.
Gonzalez led the Western Athletic Conference in nearly every recorded offensive category in 2013 including shots, points, goals, and game-winning goals, and was named WAC Offensive Player of the Year. He was most recently named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week (Nov. 18-24) and is currently in the running for the Soccer News Net Men’s College Player of the Year after scoring 15 goals this season, tied for fourth among all NCAA Division I men’s soccer players (as of Dec. 1). Gonzalez was named to the WAC All-Tournament Team and was named First Team All-Conference in the team’s first season in the league.
Feener, who played every minute in goal for the Redhawks in 2013, led the nation in saves through the entire season, also recently moving back into first place in saves per game (as of Dec. 1). He recorded eight or more saves in 12 matches on the year and was named First Team All-Conference as well as the WAC Tournament MVP. He recorded five shutouts on the season, a .821 save pct., and 1.38 GAA. Among other WAC goalkeepers, Feener led the league in saves, saves per game, save pct., and shutouts, and ranked second in GAA. Over his career, he made 57 starts and logged nearly 5400 minutes, recording 332 saves and 1.70 GAA.
Seattle U completed the historic 2013 season as the first SU men’s team to qualify for an NCAA Division I Tournament since Mar. 1969 and the first to win a DI Tournament game since Mar. 1964 with a 2-1 first round win at Creighton on Nov. 21. The Redhawks won both the Western Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament titles in their first season in the league, led by WAC Coach of the Year Pete Fewing. They will look to build upon their success in 2014.