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Seven Bluejays claimed postseason awards from the BIG EAST Conference.
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Seven Menís Soccer Players Claim All-BIG EAST Honors

CHESTER, Pa. – Seven Creighton men’s soccer players claimed All-BIG EAST honors, the conference office announced at the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship Banquet near Philadelphia late Thursday evening.

Creighton senior Zach Barnes earned All-BIG EAST First Team Honors. Three Bluejays claimed All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades including junior Jose Ribas along with sophomores Brendan Hines-Ike and Timo Pitter. CU senior Bruno Castro won All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention recognition from the league. Two Creighton freshmen secured spots on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team in Fabian Herbers and Ricardo Perez.

The Bluejays’ seven all-conference awards matches the haul totaled by CU last season. It marks the first career all-conference award for Barnes, Herbers and Perez. The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) named Pitter Freshman of the Year in 2012 as he claimed first team honors while Ribas made the All-MVC Second Team in 2012. Hines-Ike and Pitter also earned spots on the MVC All-Freshman squad last season. Castro earned All-MVC Second Team honors in 2011.

Barnes started all 19 contests for CU and played every minute of seven of the Bluejays’ nine BIG EAST contests this season, while only spending 28 minutes on the sidelines. He scored his first goal in a Creighton uniform in a 2-1 overtime victory at Old Dominion this season. Barnes also assisted on two goals and currently has four points for the Jays.

Ribas started every regular-season contest for the Bluejays this season. He leads the team with six assists on the season and is third on the squad with eight points. Ribas scored his lone goal against DePaul on Nov. 2. He ended the regular season by posting an assist in each of the Jays’ final three matches.

Pitter finished the regular season as the Jays’ top scorer with seven goals and 18 points. He ranks seventh overall in the conference for both of those categories as well. Four of Pitter’s scores came in BIG EAST play. He posted game-winning goals against Columbia and DePaul. Pitter has started every match for CU this season and has registered at least one shot attempt in all but one contest.

Hines-Ike also started all 19 matches for CU this season while playing every single minute on defense, while never subbing out. He helped anchor the Jays’ defense to allow just 10 goals in BIG EAST play this season, including three shutouts. Hines-Ike is credited with a shot on goal in four of his last six matches this year.

Castro has started 16 of 19 contests for the Jays in 2013. He is tied for fourth on the squad with seven points on the year. Castro scored the game-winning goal in overtime at Old Dominion this season. He added a score at home in a 2-2 draw versus Michigan State. Castro also posted three assists including one on the Jays’ goal at Providence in a BIG EAST quarterfinal on Tuesday.

Herbers is second on the team with 10 points and his three goals are tied for second-most on the squad. Herbers has started 13 matches for CU and played in 17. He scored a memorable game-winning goal on a free kick in overtime against St. John’s in the Jays’ BIG EAST debut. He also scored the game-winner in the opener against then-No. 14 Tulsa. Herbers claims four assists on the season including a pair in a win against Cal Poly.

Perez has played in all 19 matches for the Jays this season with nine starts. He scored the game-winning goal against Cal Poly during the season-opening weekend. Perez also posted a score against Columbia the following weekend. His four points on the season ties him for eighth on the squad.

The semifinals and the final of the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship will be played Friday and Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The title game will begin at 11:30 p.m. CT and will be televised by FOX Sports 1. The 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Selection Show takes place on Monday at 11 a.m. CT on NCAA.com.

2013 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Awards

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Steve Neumann, Georgetown

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Nick Hagglund, Xavier

BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Joey Dillon, Georgetown
Bryan Ciesiulka, Marquette

BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
David Goldsmith, Butler

BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Tomas Gomez, Georgetown
Charlie Lyon, Marquette

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Georgetown

All-BIG EAST First Team^
Joey Dillon, Georgetown, M
Tomas Gomez, Georgetown, GK
Charlie Lyon, Marquette, GK
Axel Sjoberg, Marquette, B
Nick Hagglund, Xavier, B
Tim Parker, St. John's, B
Brandon Allen, Georgetown, F
*Steve Neumann, Georgetown, F
C. Nortey, Marquette, F
Zach Steinberger, Butler, M
Bryan Ciesiulka, Marquette, M
Zach Barnes, Creighton, M

All-BIG EAST Second Team
Rafael Diaz, St. John's, GK
Jose Ribas, Creighton, B
Keegan Rosenberry, Georgetown, B
Brendan Hines-Ike, Creighton, B
David Goldsmith, Butler, F
Timo Pitter, Creighton, F
Julian Gressel, Providence, F
Sean Sepe, St. John's, F
Matt Walker, Xavier, F
James Mulligan, St. John's, M
Max Garcia, Seton Hall, M

All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Bruno Castro, Creighton, MF
Louis Bennett II, Marquette, MF
Eric Pothast, Marquette, B
Brandon Adler, Providence, B
Phil Towler, Providence, MF

BIG EAST All-Rookie Team
David Goldsmith, Butler, F
Fabian Herbers, Creighton, M/F
Ricardo Perez, Creighton, M
Bakie Goodman, Georgetown, M
*Alex Muyl, Georgetown, F/M
Joshua Yaro, Georgetown, B
*Louis Bennett II, Marquette, M
Coco Navarro, Marquette, F
Julian Gressel, Providence, F
Samuel Geiler, Seton Hall, M
Jalen Brown, Xavier, M

*denotes unanimous selection
^due to a tie in voting, one member was added to the First Team

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