OMAHA, Neb. – Five Creighton men’s soccer players have been named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Region Teams as voted on by member coaches. Junior forward Ethan Finlay, the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, and freshman defender Tyler Polak, the MVC Freshman of the Year, were named to the first team. Sophomore midfielders Dion Acoff and Greg Jordan were tabbed to the second team and sophomore midfielder Jose Gomez was honored on the third team.
Finlay, one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy – college soccer’s top individual honor, led the MVC with 15 goals and 34 points this season. The Marshfield, Wis., native enjoyed the best offensive season by a Bluejay since 2002, as he ranks seventh in the NCAA in both goals and points scored. The 10th Bluejay to earn MVC Player of the Year honors, he is the ninth Jay to repeat on the NSCAA All-Region First Team and the first since David Wagenfuhr (2001-03).
Polak is just the second Bluejay freshman to earn all-region first-team honors, joining Mehdi Ballouchy (2002). The Lincoln, Neb., native was recently honored on the All-Freshmen First-Teams by TopDrawerSoccer.com and Goal.com. The left back started all 20 matches in his rookie season, playing the most minutes of any Bluejay field player in 2010. He helped the Bluejays post eight shutouts and a 1.06 goals against average.
Acoff led the MVC with a career-best 10 assists, the most by a Bluejay since 2005. A first-team all-conference performer this year, the speedy midfielder currently ranks 12th in the NCAA in assists.
Jordan was also on the MVC first-team for his play as a defensive midfielder. The third-year player redshirted last year due to injury, but returned to start all 19 matches he played in this year, contributing three goals and nine points.
Gomez, yet another sophomore midfielder, finished second on the team in goals (5), assists (9) and points (19) in his first year with the Bluejays. His 19 points ranked third in the MVC and his nine assists rank 19th in the NCAA this week. He was one of five Bluejays honored on the MVC first-team, starting all 19 matches he played in.
The Bluejays finished the 2010 season 13-5-2, which included their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 19 years and their record 10th MVC regular-season championship.