It was another banner year for the University of Redlands men’s soccer team. And so comes one of the honors that comes with that as head coach Ralph Perez has been named NSCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
The Bulldogs finished 17-4-2, including the program’s 13th Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) regular-season championship, its first NCAA tournament berth since 2011, and a first-round NCAA victory.
In his 10th year at the helm of the Bulldog men’s soccer program, Perez successfully developed the young talent on his roster while starting 20 different players throughout the season.
Redlands traveled to San Antonio, TX, as the lone SCIAC representative in the first round of the NCAA tournament and proceeded to upset the No. 10 Whitworth (Wash.). With Perez leading the come-from-behind effort, the Bulldogs fired off two second-half scores in the latter minutes of the contest to force overtime and eventually advance to the second round on a 3-2 decision.
Since arriving at Redlands in 2006, Perez has produced a winning record every season and has never surrendered more than five defeats in conference play.
This is his second West Region Coach of the Year selection, the first coming back in 2011.
The Cal Poly Pomona men’s soccer team is headed to the NCAA Division II Final Four. They’re also reaping some of the rewards that come with that success.
Senior Christian Gonzalez Diaz has been named West Region Player of the Year, leading four Broncos who earned All-West honors. Gonzalez Diaz, also earlier named CCAA Offensive Player of the Year, has 13 goals and five assists for 31 total points.
Senior midfielder Alexander Turkson and senior defender Justyn Peeples also earned spots on the first team while Matthew Perez was named to the second team.
Turkson is second on the squad with eight goals and five assists as well. Peeples is one of Cal Poly Pomona’s anchors on a defense that has allowed just 18 goals in 21 games while owning the 18th best goals against average in the country at 0.83.
CPP will play against Rockhurst on Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., at the site of the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s National Championship Tournament. The game time is set for 6 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Central).
Here is the link to the entire All-Region team.
Cal Poly Pomona senior Jordan Faison has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the first week of 2015 regular-season play.
Faison led the Broncos to wins over Notre Dame de Namur and Azusa Pacific at the APU Tournament.
The forward from Lake Forest shot over 60 percent from the floor in both contests, beginning with a six-for-10 effort in against the Argonauts Friday.
Against the defending West Region Champion Cougars, Faison scored 24 points on 11-for-16 (68.8) shooting from the floor, while making both of his free throw attempts. He also added nine rebounds and three assists.
On the weekend, Faison averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, and 1.5 assists.