GEYER CO-MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR, FIVE OTHERS NAMED ALL-BIG WEST

GEYER CO-MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR, FIVE OTHERS NAMED ALL-BIG WEST

2017 Big West Men's Soccer all-Conference teams

IRVINE, Calif. - Senior midfielder Paul Geyer was named a 2017 co-Midfielder of the Year, the Big West Conference announced Tuesday. Geyer is one of six Hornets to be named all-Big West for the 2017 season.

Geyer has been a vital part of the Hornets midfield for four seasons. A four-year starter, Geyer helped propel Sacramento State to a 4-4-3 conference finish this year, their best in terms of points since the 2012 season.

A veteran on a young Hornets squad, Geyer had his best season, totaling five points on a career-high two goals and one assist. He matched his career high with 13 shots while starting 16 games. His senior leadership, while not as easy to track as counting stats, was equally important in a season where the six regular starters were sophomores or younger. In addition to being selected as the co-Midfielder of the Year, Geyer was also named to the first team all-Big West, his first career selection.

Geyer was also recognized last season, being named to the second team all-Big West and the Big West all-Academic team. He was an all-Big West Honorable Mention in 2015 and a member of the Freshman all-Big West team in 2014.

In addition to Geyer, senior defender Cylus Sandoval was also named to the first team all-Big West. The selection is the first of Sandoval's career and comes just two seasons after making the switch from forward to defender. Since making that change at the end of his sophomore season, Sandoval has been an anchor on the Hornets back line.

The first team selections as the first for Sacramento State since Chimdum Mez was named to the squad after the 2014 season.

For back-to-back seasons, senior goalkeeper James Del Curto was selected to the second team all-Big West. Joining him this year is sophomore forward Christian Webb.

Del Curto is currently third all-time for most saves in a career with a chance to move into second. His 1.51 GAA average is misleading as he has been one of the most consistent keepers over his last four seasons. He was also selected to the 2016 Big West all-Academic team. 

Webb took a huge step forward from his freshman year, leading the Hornets in goals (6) and tying for the team lead in points (13). He started all 18 games for Sacramento State this season after starting just one in 2016.

Sacramento State made their presence felt on the Freshman all-Big West team with both forward Justin Bedig and defender Tyler Moss being selected to the squad.

Bedig, who was ranked as the 77th best freshman player in the nation, tied for the team lead with 13 points and had seven assists on the season. That mark puts him fifth on the list in program history for most assists in a single season.

Moss brought a fire to the Sacramento backline all year long, playing with a fierceness unmatched by others in the Big West. He played in 17 of the teams 18 matches, starting 14 of them, and picked up an assist while providing excellent coverage up and down the field.

Sacramento State enter the Big West Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the North Division and will play a quarterfinal game on the road at CSUN at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Weds., Nov. 1.