Four Bluejays Earn Honors from Soccer America
Creighton was one of five schools to place multiple players on the 2012 Soccer America MVP Teams. The Bluejays were the only program to earn a pair of spots on the Soccer America All-Freshman teams. Soccer America's MVPs were introduced in 1976 and honor players who had the biggest impact on their team's success regardless of position.
Gomez claimed Soccer America MVP First team honors as a midfielder while Ribeiro earned a spot on the Soccer America MVP Second Team as a defender. Gal and Pitter each won Soccer America First Team accolades at goalkeeper and midfielder, respectively.
Last month Gomez and Ribeiro claimed NSCAA All-America First Team honors and All-Midwest Region accolades as well as College Soccer News All-America team selections. The senior captain duo helped lead the Bluejays to the College Cup in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.
Gomez, one of three finalists for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy this month, 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 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 in 2012.
Pitter led the team with 24 points, 10 goals and 34 shots on goal this season. He claimed 2012 All-Freshman First Team from College Soccer News last month. He ended 2012 ranked nationally as the No. 4 freshman and No. 42 overall with 10 goals. Pitter rated No. 5 nationally as a freshman and No. 51 overall in NCAA Division I with 24 points scored in 2012. Pitter's 10 scores are the most by any CU freshman in 22 seasons dating back to 1990. That year former Creighton greats Brian Kamler and Keith DeFini combined for 29 goals as a freshman duo. Kamler netted 10 goals while DeFini scored 19 in 1990.
Gal remained finished the year at 13-1-1 suffering his only loss of the season in the Jays' final match of the season against Indiana at the College Cup last month. He ended the season ranked eighth nationally in goals against average (0.649) and seventh in the country for save percentage (.851). Gal finished 2012 as the No. 1 freshman in save percentage and goals against average.
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 month in the College Cup Semifinals.