Jalil Anibaba One of Five Broncos Named All-WCC

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Santa Clara University was well represented when the 2009 Men's Soccer All-West Coast Conference Teams were announced today by the WCC office in San Bruno.

Santa Clara junior team captain Jalil Anibaba - the 2007 WCC Freshman of the Year - earned all-league honors for the third consecutive season. For the second time, Anibaba was named to the All-WCC First Team.

"A lot of the success I had playing center-back this year was because of the players around me," said Anibaba. "This award stems from guys like Kellen (Wantulok) and Mykell (Bates) who allowed us to have such a good defense."

The Broncos went 3-0-2 to finish the season and tie for fourth in the WCC in wins. Anibaba anchored a defensive that posted five shutouts.

Also honored, goalkeeper Larry Jackson (All-Freshman Team), forward Erik Hurtado (All-WCC Second Team/All-Freshman), forward Eric Masch (Honorable Mention) and midfielder Brandon Zimmerman (Honorable Mention).

A native of East Palo Alto, Jackson made a number of game-changing stops during 14 starts in goal as a true freshman. Jackson ranked third in the WCC with a 0.93 goal's against average versus conference opponents.

"Larry's organizational and leadership abilities on the field are exceptional for a young player," said Santa Clara Associate Head Coach Eric Yamamoto. "He single-handedly kept us in games this year."

Fellow underclassmen Hurtado and Masch - a sophomore from San Jose's Bellarmine Prep - ranked among the WCC's best offensive players. Zimmerman, a second-year player from Pasco, Washington, was recognized as an honorable mention selection for the second-straight season.

"We had a really good team and it showed by the way we finished (the year)," said Hurtado, who scored three game-winning goals in 2009. "There is a lot of talent in our younger classes. The fact we have five guys on the (All-WCC) team tells you how dangerous we can be in the future."

2009 All-WCC Men's Soccer Honors
Player of the Year: Ryan Peterman, USD
Defensive Player of the Year: Jordan Grider, SMC
Freshman of the Year: Patrick Wallen, USD
Coach of the Year: Adam Cooper, SMC

First-Team All-WCC
Jalil Anibaba, SCU
Rafael Baca, LMU
Conor Chinn, USF
Jordan Grider, SMC
Austin Guerrero, POR
Dylan Leslie, SMC
Tye Perdido, GON
Ryan Peterman, USD
Jarad vanSchaik, POR
Patrick Wallen, USD
Collen Warner, POR

Second Team All-WCC
Nick Barclay, GON
Kelin Briones, USD
Bryan Burke, USF
Jason Coehlo, SMC
Andrew Feld, USD
Ben Funkhouser, GON
Ryan Kawulok, POR
Jonathan Levi, USF
Erik Hurtado, SCU
Logan McDaniel, LMU
Vincent Ocampo, LMU
Sam Reeder, USD

Honorable Mention
Malcolm Alugas, SMC; Scott Barnum, GON; Mitch Boland, GON; James Cohn, USD; Victor Cortez, USF; Phil Da Silva, LMU; Roger Downes, LMU; Logan Emory, POR; Tim Grey, USD; Doug Herrick, SMC; William Johnson, LMU; Tyler Krumpe, LMU; Ryan Luke, POR; Eric Masch, SCU; James Matern, GON; Tim Muravez, GON; Trevor Newquist, SMC; Michael Nielsen, POR; Yousef Samy, SMC; Patrick Sampson, LMU; Brandon Zimmerman, SCU

All-Freshman Team
Jose Cabeza, SMC
Ricardo Carrillo, POR
James Cohn, USD
Erik Hurtado, SCU
Larry Jackson, SCU
James Matern, GON
Trevor Newquist, SMC
James Rochlitz, LMU
Brendan Roslund, USF
Sean Sears, LMU
Marc Tonkel, POR
Patrick Wallen, USD