November 16, 2010

Pair of Matadors Named to All-Big West Conference Teams

Nov. 16, 2010

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2010 Men's Soccer All-Big West Teams

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Juniors Rafael Garcia and Jeremy Hohn earned All-Big West recognition for their efforts during the 2010 season as announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.

This is the second time that Garcia has earned conference honors as the midfielder also earned Second Team accolades in 2007, his freshman season. This is the first time during Hohn's time at Northridge that the Vacaville, Calif. native has been recognized by the Big West.

"It is great to see these two earn recognition by the other coaches in the conference," stated head coach Terry Davila. "With both returning to next year's team, I look forward to continue watching them evolve as players and leaders."

The decisions should come as no surprise to anyone who followed CSUN throughout the season; whether on paper or on the pitch, the duo were never afraid to utilize their leadership skills in conjunction with the efforts of their coaching staff and helped guide a team through one of the most challenging scheduled in recent history.

Hailing from nearby Canoga Park, Garcia led the team in a variety of categories in 2010. Finishing with 10 points, the midfielder also earned six assists, took 49 shots, 26 of which were on goal, and single-handedly helped CSUN earn a point on the road in their 2-2 draw at Cal Poly.

"I am proud of Rafael (Garcia) and the progress he has made since sustaining his injury," said Davila. "Watching him work as hard as he has to be recognized in this manner once again, I could not be more proud."

For Garcia, his team-high six assists also double as the 63rd-highest total in the nation. His 0.35 assists per game average also helped him finish the regular season ranked 75th out of all Division-I soccer players nationwide.

Known for neutralizing the scoring capabilities of the most dangerous strikers each and every game, Hohn became a scoring threat of his own against then #15-ranked UCLA when he earned his first career goal as a Matador.

Prior to that home game against the Bruins, the junior defender also earned his first collegiate point as he setup teammate Rene Anguiano's goal in CSUN's 4-0 victory over the visiting Air Force Falcons.

However, it is what Hohn is most known for not doing that helped him earn Big West recognition in 2010 - allow his opponent to score goals. A key component in CSUN's defense, Hohn is respected conference-wide for his ability to neutralize the scoring capability of some of the most dangerous strikers in Division-I soccer.

"Jeremy (Hohn) continues to improve as a player, it makes me happy to see other coaches recognize him for all of his hard work, Davila shared. "He is a key component of our defense and I look forward to watching him continue to succeed both on and off the pitch next season."

In 2010, his efforts helped sophomore goalkeeper Michael Abalos add another two shutouts to his individual total. Thanks to his efforts on the pitch, Matador 'keepers have earned a collective total of 16 shutouts during his three years as a Matador.

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