Seven Tigers Garner Men's Soccer All-WCC Honors

Seven Tigers Garner Men's Soccer All-WCC Honors

STOCKTON, Calif. - Tristan Blackmon was named West Coast Conference men's soccer Defender of the Year and six other Tigers earned All-WCC accolades Tuesday.

Blackmon, Camden Riley and Wouter Verstraaten were named First Team All-WCC, while Tariq Branche, Bob Groenendijk and Andres Ochoa each were named Honorable Mention. Charles Brewah earned All-Freshman team honors.

The Tigers finished 12-4-2 overall and earned the program's second-straight NCAA berth.

Blackmon led the Tigers backline which held opponents to a 1.09 goals against average. He also chipped in a pair of goals and a pair of assists offensively. Blackmon was named All-WCC for the third time in his four year career, and is the Tigers' leading scorer in the new era of the program.

Midfielder Camden Riley, who earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors last season, scored five goals with two assists this season while starting all 17 games. He scored two goals and added an assist in West Coast Conference play.

Wouter Verstraaten joined Blackmon as a First Team selection from the Pacific backline, helping the Tigers post six clean sheets and an average of just 4.11 shots on goal allowed per game.

Sophomore forward Tariq Branche earned Honorable Mention honors after scoring six goals in 15 games this season. Four of the six goals came in West Coast Conference play as he scored on 22 percent of his shots in conference action. Branche scored a pair of goals in the Tigers' 4-3 overtime win over Santa Clara, both in the second half to tie the game and force overtime.

Bob Groenendijk was the third member of the Tigers backline to be recognized, and he was an Honorable Mention selection. The junior from the Netherlands chipped in six assists as Pacific built from the back.

Senior captain Andres Ochoa earned Honorable Mention accolades as the midfielder tallied two goals and five assists. He posted two assists in the Tigers' come from behind win over Santa Clara, including a helper on the game-winner in overtime, and he finished in overtime for the game-winning goal in the Tigers' 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount.

All-Freshman Team Charles Brewah emerged in conference play on the Tigers backline, as he made four of his five starts in West Coast Conference play, including back-to-back shutouts and a 200-plus minute streak between allowing goals.

The seven honorees helped Pacific receive votes in the men's soccer polls throughout the season, including the program's highest mark of No. 14 in the country on September 12.

Pacific will face Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m. at home on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Knoles Field.