Nov. 19, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Five Matador players were recognized for their efforts throughout the 2008 season as the Big West Conference released their 2008 All-Big West Men's Soccer Teams late Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Kevin Guppy bookends his Cal State Northridge career by receiving Co-Goalkeeper of the Year honors after previously winning the award in 2005, sharing the honors this season with Cal Poly netminder Eric Branagan-Franco.
Guppy was also one of two Matadors named to the All-Big West First Team; joining him on the prestigious list was junior midfielder Sunghyun Kim.
A constant in goal for the Matadors all throughout his career, Guppy ranked fifth in the Big West this season in goals against average (1.12), third in save percentage (.783), tied for second in saves (83), second in saves per game (4.37), and third in shutouts (6). As one of the most successful goalkeepers ever to wear the Matador jersey, the senior from Chino Hills also ranks amongst the best ever to play in the Big West as he ranks second in goalie wins (38), matches in goal (79), and goalie minutes (7,469), fourth in shutouts (25) and seventh in goals against average (1.00) on the Big West career lists.
This is the fourth consecutive season that Guppy has earned All-Big West Honors after being named to the First Team in 2005, Honorable Mention list in 2006, and Second Team in 2007.
In addition to Guppy, Kim has also earned All-Big West honors in each season of his collegiate career. Named to the First Team this season, Kim was named to the Second Team during his freshman year in 2006, and received Honorable Mention in 2007.
Leading the way for Northridge this season with a new career-high mark of seven assists, the Los Angeles native also finished tied for fourth in the conference in assists, and tied for sixth in the conference with 17 total points. Kim's five goals scored this season were the second-highest mark on his team, and eighth-highest amount within the conference.
As one of two Matadors receiving All-Big West Second Team recognition for the first time in their respective careers, Rojas finished the 2008 campaign and led the team with seven goals, 49 total shots, 24 shots on goal, and 17 points, all career-high marks.
Compared to his conference peers, Rojas ended up tied for sixth in total points, and seventh in goals scored in his breakout season for the Matadors.
One of only four CSUN players to participate in each and every game this past season, Pate ended up finishing the 2008 season with a career-high five assists. As part of a defensive back-line that faced some of the most potent offenses in the nation, Pate's intensity on the field, and success in routinely neutralizing the scoring ability of opposing forwards, helped the junior from Chatsworth earn All-Big West Second Team honors.
Also receiving all Big-West recognition for the first time in his collegiate career was Borak, the only Matador named to the ten-man Honorable Mention squad. Finishing the season with two assists, Borak was an integral part of a stingy Matador defense responsible for six shutouts, and allowed only 23 goals to their opponents this season.
After playing in only two matches last season before being granted a medical redshirt due to a season-ending ankle injury, the recognition caps a remarkable comeback for the native from Palmdale, who will return for his senior season next fall.