OMAHA, Neb. (Jan. 2) - Creighton men's soccer assistant coach Johnny Torres recently earned Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for a second consecutive season.
Torres, who helped lead the Bluejays to a 17-4-3 record and their second consecutive appearance in a College Cup, is now a finalist for the National Assistant Coach of the Year Award which will be announced at the NSCAA Awards Banquet, in Indianapolis on Jan. 18.
Creighton won the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) regular-season and tournament titles for a second straight season. Along the way the Bluejays tied the MVC team record for the fewest goals allowed (one) in a Valley season set by CU in 2011.
In 2012, the Bluejays advanced to the College Cup in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history and recorded their fifth College Cup appearance all-time (1996, 2000, 2002, 2011 and 2012). CU entered the 2012 College Cup on a 14-match unbeaten streak before falling 1-0 to eventual national champion Indiana in a national semifinal.
Creighton finished the season ranked among the top 20 in four NCAA statistical categories including team goals against average (0.8 - No. 18), shutout percentage (0.46 - No. 18), total goals (39 - No. 19) and save percentage (0.831 - No. 20). Current MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Jose Gomez and Andrew Ribeiro, were named NSCAA All-America selections and CU placed six student-athletes on MVC All-Conference teams.
Torres, an MVC and Creighton Hall of Famer, just completed his sixth season on the Creighton bench, during which time the Bluejays have gone 86-20-18, won five regular-season MVC titles, advanced to five NCAA tournaments and appeared in two College Cups.