LINENBERGER, IKYURAV AND BERNARD AMONG MEN'S SOCCER BIG WEST AWARD WINNERS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Men's soccer defenders Matt Linenberger and Casey Bernard both earned first team all-Big West Conference honors while Isaac Ikyurav was a second team choice and Gabe Silveira was an honorable mention selection, the conference announced on Monday afternoon.
Seniors Linenberger and Bernard were two of 14 student-athletes to earn first team all-league accolades.
Linenberger, a Sacramento native and Jesuit HS graduate, appeared in 16 games with 15 starts and scored one goal - the game-winner in the Hornets' home opener against San Diego. Linenberger saw the field for 1,367 minutes this year and played 85-or-more minutes in 13 games.
Bernard joined Linenberger on the back line forming the heart of the Sacramento State defense. The senior from Roseville, Calif., started all 13 games he appeared in and played 1,183 minutes on the season.
Ikyurav was a revelation in his junior season. The native of Benue, Nigeria, tallied a team-high 14 points on five goals and four assists - both of which tied for the team lead. He scored two game-winning goals and placed 16 of his 29 shots on goal. Silveira tied Ikyurav with a team-best five goals and was second on the team with 13 points.
The conference also handed out individual awards.
CSU Northridge's Terry Davila earned coach of the year honors while the Matadors also took home goalkeeper of the year and defender of the year with Michael Abalos and Joe Franco, respectively. UC Santa Barbara's Nic Ryan claimed midfielder of the year while Cal Poly forward Mackenzie Pridham was named offensive player of the year. UCSB's Ema Boateng claimed freshman of the year.
Sacramento State finished third in the Big West North Division and fourth overall in the eight team conference. The Hornets narrowly missed the Big West Tournament in their first season in the conference.