Three Tigers make All-West Region Teams

Three Tigers make All-West Region Teams

For the second-straight year, three Tigers were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region Team in seniors Camden Riley, Wouter Verstraaten and Bob Groenendijk.

Riley and Verstraaten both garnered first team honors while Groenendijk was named to the third team. Today's awards make this three-straight years that the Tigers have had a player named to an All-Region First Team. This is, however, the second time that two Tigers were named as First Team selections, Tristan Blackmon and Julio Cervantes both made the All-West Region First Team in 2016.

Riley made his second All-West Regional Team and his first First-Team after putting together a season that earned him West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors. The Dallas, Texas native, set the single-season record at Pacific in points with 23 and tied the single-season record in goals with nine. Five of those goals came in the last six games of the regular season as Riley led the Tigers to their third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Riley had four game-winning goals this season, which also tied a single-season record.

Riley continues to rack up awards after the completion of his senior season. He was the WCC's Player of the Year, a WCC First-Team selection and was a three-time WCC Player of the Week selection. He is also a semi-finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation's most outstanding collegiate soccer player.

Verstraaten was a United Soccer Coaches Second-Team Selection last year and added First Team All-Region honors this season to go with his title of WCC Defensive Player of the Year. Verstraaten helped lead a Pacific defensive line that posted seven shutouts including one in the first game of the NCAA Tournament against UC Riverside. Verstraaten scored once this year in a game against Western Michigan that helped lock down a draw for the Tigers in the final non-conference match of the year.

Verstraaten's on the field success was equaled by his success off of it. He was a WCC All-Academic Team member and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Eight team in November. That honor makes Verstraaten eligible to be a CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Groenendijk picked up his first United Soccer Coaches All-District honor and added to his first All-WCC First Team Honor, which he earned in November. Like Verstraaten, Groenendijk helped the Tiger defense post seven shutouts this season. He also contributed on the offensive end by making runs and passes that caused opposing defenses problems. He assisted on three goals this year and had two in a game against UC Riverside in September. His three assists this season moved Groenendijk into a tie for second in career assists with 10. Riley has 10 as well.

Riley, Verstraaten and Groenendijk helped the Tigers to their third-straight appearance in the NCAA Second Round. Pacific went 12-5-2 this year on its way to a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference.