Men's Soccer Seniors Ribeiro and Gomez Continue to Collect Honors
OMAHA, Neb. (Dec. 10) - Creighton men's soccer seniors Jose Gomez and Andrew Ribeiro continue to collect awards after leading the Bluejays to their fifth College Cup appearance in program history.
Ribeiro and Gomez each earned a spot on the 2012 College Soccer News All-America teams. Just days after earning NSCAA All-America honors, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced its All-Region squads on Sunday, as Ribeiro and Gomez each collected All-Midwest Region First Team accolades.
Gomez claimed 2012 All-America First Team honors from College Soccer News as a senior midfielder. The online organization recognized Ribeiro as a member of its 2012 All-America Second Team as a senior defender.
Gomez, one of three finalists for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy this winter, is the reigning 2012 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year and 2012 MVC Tournament MVP after helping the Jays claim their 13th Valley tournament championship and 20th NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2012 First Team All-MVC selection started all 24 matches for the Bluejays this season. Gomez finished the year ranked No. 20 nationally and led the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) with nine assists. His latest helper came Dec. 2 in an NCAA quarterfinal win at No. 4 seed Connecticut on the game-winning goal scored by Christian Blandon with 90 seconds remaining. The senior co-captain completed 2012 at No. 71 in the country and second in the MVC with 21 points this season (6 goals, 9 assists). He launched at least one shot attempt in each match this season and recorded a shot on goal in 16 contests. Earlier this season he earned an assist on all three CU goals at Princeton (10/9), the first Bluejay to accomplish the feat since Nov. 8, 2008.
Ribeiro, the reigning 2012 MVC Defensive Player of the Year, started every contest for CU this year. He also claimed an All-MVC First Team selection and earned MVC All-Tournament team honors after scoring the game-winning goal against SIU Edwardsville in the MVC Tournament Championship.
The senior co-captain earned MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors on three occasions this season but was also a lethal threat on offense. Each of his final seven goals at CU was a game-winning tally including three this season - two scored against SIUE, the other against Washington in an NCAA Second Round match. This season Ribeiro was named to Ameritas Classic All-Tournament Team and was also recognized as part of the Creighton Invitational All-Tournament Team. He led CU in time seen on the pitch, playing all but 48 minutes this season.
Creighton, the MVC regular-season and tournament champion, finished its season with a 17-4-3 mark following a 1-0 loss to eventual National Champion Indiana last Friday night in the College Cup Semifinals.