Verstraaten, Riley Make All-American Team

Verstraaten, Riley Make All-American Team

For the first time in the history of Pacific's men's soccer program, two Tigers were named as All-Americans in a season in seniors Camden Riley and Wouter Verstraaten.

Both Verstraaten and Riley were named as second-team selections by the United Soccer Coaches today. Pacific's two All-Americans tied Saint Mary's for the most in the West Coast Conference; the Gaels' Remi Prieur and Jake Rudel both were third-team selections. Pacific's two selections were tied for the second most All-Americans this year, multiple teams had three selections.

Prior to this season, Pacific had only one All-American selection. Tristan Blackmon, who currently plays for LAFC after being selected third overall in the MLS SuperDraft a year ago, was a second-team selection after the 2016 season.

The honors come after a year in which both players roped in numerous individual awards on the national and conference level while helping take the team to the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight season following a 12-5-2 record in the regular season. Both players were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-District First Team earlier this week.

Riley earned Pacific's first-ever WCC Player of the Year honor this season and on top of his All-American selection, he is being considered for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's most outstanding player.

Riley scored nine goals this season with five coming in the final six games which helped propel the Tigers to an NCAA Tournament berth as an at-large team. He set the single-season program record for points with 23 and tied the single-season records for goals with nine and game-winning goals with four. Riley wraps up his career at Pacific as the program's all-time leader in goals with 19, points with 48 and is tied for the all-time lead in game-winning goals with six.

Riley was also All-WCC First Team selection and a three-time WCC Player of the Week this season.

Verstraaten picked up the Tiger's second WCC Defensive Player of the Year award earlier this season and now is the second defender to land on the All-American team. Blackmon was a WCC Defensive Player of the Year as well as an All-American.

Verstraaten led the Tigers backline to seven shutouts this season including one against UC Riverside in the NCAA Tournament's First Round. The Tigers' center back scored one goal this season against Western Michigan which helped secure a tie for the Tigers in the final non-conference game of the year. Verstraaten started all 18 games as a defender and was booked only twice this season. He wraps up his time at Pacific fifth in starts all-time with 56, third in minutes played with 5,000 and eighth in goals with five in the modern era.

Verstraaten was also named as a CoSIDA Academic All-District Selection in November and as a WCC All-Academic Team selection. He is eligible to be a CoSIDA Academic All-American this year as well.

All three All-American teams are listed below:

 

 

 

First Team

 

Pos

Name

Class

School

Hometown

K

Trey Muse

So.

Indiana University

Louisville, Ky.

D

Tanner Beason

Jr.

Stanford University

Winston-Salem, N.C.

D

Alex Comsia

Sr.

University of North Carolina

North Vancouver, B.C.

D

Andrew Gutman*

Sr.

Indiana University

Hinsdale, Ill.

D

Callum Montgomery

Sr.

Charlotte

Victoria, B.C

M

Giuseppe Barone

Jr.

Michigan State University

Grandville, Mich.

M

Tucker Bone*

Sr.

United States Air Force Academy

Granite Bay, Calif.

M

Bruno Lapa

Jr.

Wake Forest University

Curitiba, Brazil

F

Omir Fernandez

So.

Wake Forest University

Bronx, N.Y.

F

Cal Jennings

Jr.

UCF

Roswell, Ga.

F

Andre Shinyashiki

Sr.

University of Denver

Sao Paulo, Brazil

F

JJ Williams

Jr.

University of Kentucky

Montgomery, Ala.

 

 

 

 

Second Team

 

Pos

Name

Class

School

Hometown

K

Enrique Facusse

So.

University of Kentucky

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

D

Josh Bauer

So.

University of New Hampshire

Bedford, N.H.

D

Johnny Fenwick

Sr.

High Point University

Newcastle upon Tyne, England

D

Donovan Pines

Jr.

University of Maryland

Clarksville, Md.

M

Wouter Verstraaten

Sr.

University of the Pacific

Heeze, Netherlands

M

Brad Dunwell

Sr.

Wake Forest University

Grand Rapids, Mich.

M

Mauricio Pineda

Jr.

University of North Carolina

Bolingbrook, Ill.

M

Camden Riley

Sr.

University of the Pacific

Dallas, Texas

F

Benji Michel

Jr.

University of Portland

Orlando, Fla.

F

Griffin Dorsey

So.

Indiana University

Evergreen, Colo.

F

Jack Hallahan

Jr.

University of Michigan

Redditch, England

F

Daniele Proch

Jr.

Duke University

Riva Del Garda, Italy

 

 

 

 

Third Team

 

Pos

Name

Class

School

Hometown

K

Remi Prieur

Jr.

Saint Mary's College of California

San Ramon, Calif.

D

Dan Bent

Sr.

Wright State University

Kent, England

D

Erik Holt

Sr.

UCLA

San Diego, Calif.

D

Aime Mabika

So.

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Ky.

M

Louis Perez

So.

UCF

Villennes Sur Seine, France

M

Joey Piatczyc

Sr.

West Virginia University

Lee's Summit, Mo.

M

Barry Sharifi

Jr.

Loyola University Maryland

Jericho, N.Y.

F

Amir Bashti

Sr.

Stanford University

Cupertino, Calif.

F

Austin Dewing

Sr.

United States Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, Colo.

F

David Egbo

So.

University of Akron

Enugu, Nigeria

F

Jake Rudel

Jr.

Saint Mary's College of California

Fort Collins, Colo.

F

Brian Saramago

Jr.

Loyola University Maryland

New Hyde Park, N.Y.

 

* - indicates previous selections