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OMAHA, Neb.  - The Creighton men's soccer team held its postseason awards banquet Saturday night, handing out individual honors following the Bluejays' successful 2012 season. Members of the team and staff were joined by soccer supporters at the Old Mattress Factory for the banquet.

Creighton finished last season with a 17-4-3 mark and its second consecutive appearance in a College Cup last December. CU 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).  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.

In January's MLS Supplemental Draft, Toronto FC selected Gomez in the second round with the 38th pick overall and the New York Red Bulls claimed Ribeiro at the 70th selection overall in the fourth round. It marks the first draft selection of a Creighton player by each MLS squad.

As a result, Creighton remains the only soccer program in the nation to have at least one player drafted (supplemental draft included) into MLS since the league began in 1996. With two players taken this year, 31 Bluejays have been drafted by MLS.

Here are the five individual awards handed out at Saturday's team banquet:

Bluejay Award (sponsored by Ren & Stacie Smith) - Zach Barnes, Jr., MF

Honor given for community service and outreach

Most Competitive Award (sponsored by The Dowd Family) - Jose Gomez, Sr., MF

Honor given for most winning points in practice games throughout the season

Most Improved Award (sponsored by The Manion Family) - Brent Kallman, Sr., D

Voted on by coaching staff

Coaches Award (sponsored by The Carollo Family) - Jose Ribas, So., D

Voted on by coaching staff for leadership and most consistent effort on and off the field.

Most Valuable Player Award (sponsored by The Hillstoppers) - Andrew Ribeiro, Sr., D

Voted on by players

Below is a complete listing of individual awards Bluejays claimed throughout the season.

2012 Men's Soccer Honors

Zach Barnes, Jr., MF

Ameritas Classic All-Tournament Team

TopDrawerSoccer 100 to Watch (No. 51)

TopDrawerSoccer Midseason 100 to Watch (No. 75)

Christian Blandon, Fr., F

TopDrawerSoccer National Player of the Week (Dec. 3)

Alex Bolowich, So., GK

ESPN/Capital One Impact Performance Player of the Week (Oct. 21)

MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 4)

Ameritas Classic All-Tournament Team

Bruno Castro, Jr., MF

CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team

MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team

TopDrawerSoccer 100 to Watch (No. 45)

All-MVC Preseason Team

Jeff Gal, Fr., GK

Soccer America All-Freshman First Team

College Soccer News National Team of the Week (Nov. 25)

Jose Gomez, Sr., MF

NSCAA All-America First Team

NSCAA Midwest Region First Team

TopDrawerSoccer Upperclassman Player of the Year

MAC Hermann Trophy Second Runner-Up

MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist (1 of 3)

MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist (1 of 15)

College Soccer News All-America First Team

Soccer America MVP First Team

MVC Player of the Year

MVC Tournament MVP

MVC All-Tournament Team

All-MVC First Team

TopDrawerSoccer MAC Hermann Trophy Top 5 Candidates

TopDrawerSoccer MAC Hermann Trophy Top 10 Favorites

TopDrawerSoccer MLS Mock Draft Pick (No. 6)

2x TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Nov. 12, Dec. 3)

2x MVC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 4, Oct. 22)

TopDrawerSoccer 100 to Watch (No. 2)

All-MVC Preseason Team

TopDrawerSoccer Midseason 100 to Watch (No. 3)

College Soccer News National Team of the Week (Oct. 15)

TopDrawerSoccer National Player of the Week (Oct. 15)

Soccer America Men's Team of the Week (Oct. 18)

Brendan Hines-Ike, Fr., D

MVC All-Freshman Team

TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Dec. 3)

TopDrawerSoccer 100 Freshmen to Watch (No. 17)

Brent Kallman, Sr., D

MVC All-Tournament Team

TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Nov. 26)

Sean Kim, Jr., F

Ameritas Classic All-Tournament Team

Eric Miller, So., MF

All-MVC First Team

MVC All-Tournament Team

CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team

MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team

MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (Nov. 14)

TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Sept. 10)

TopDrawerSoccer 100 to Watch (No. 23)

All-MVC Preseason Team

TopDrawerSoccer Midseason 100 to Watch (No. 32)

Timo Pitter, Fr., MF

College Soccer News All-Freshman Team

Soccer America All-Freshman First Team

MVC Freshman of the Year

All-MVC First Team

MVC All-Freshman Team

MVC Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 5)

College Soccer News National Team of the Week (Nov. 25)

Jose Ribas, So., D

All-MVC Second Team

MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team

TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Nov. 19)

4x MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 18, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21)

Andrew Ribeiro, Sr., D

NSCAA All-America First Team

NSCAA Midwest Region First Team

College Soccer News All-America Second Team

Soccer America MVP Second Team

MVC Defensive Player of the Year

All-MVC First Team

MVC All-Tournament Team

3x MVC Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 4, Oct. 15, Oct. 29)

Ameritas Classic MVP

All-MVC Preseason Team

TopDrawerSoccer Midseason 100 to Watch (No. 98)

Johnny Torres, Assistant Coach

NSCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year

NSCAA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year


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