HOOVER, Ala. - In conjunction with the College Cup semifinals the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced its All-America teams last Friday, as Creighton men's soccer seniors Andrew Ribeiro and Jose Gomez earned First Team All-America selections.
Creighton is one of three programs with a pair of 2012 First Team honorees joining Akron and Notre Dame. It marks the second straight season, third all-time, in program history that the Bluejays placed two players on the First Team. In addition to the 2012 selections, CU boasted two First Team players in 2011 (Brian Holt, Ethan Finlay) and in 1993 (Keith DeFini and Brian Kamler). Gomez and Ribeiro join nine other Bluejays named to the NSCAA First Team all-time including current CU assistant coach Johnny Torres who earned the honor twice.
Gomez, one of three finalists for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy this winter, 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 has started all 23 matches for the No. 8 Bluejays this season. Gomez ranks No. 20 nationally and is leads the MVC with nine assists this season. His latest helper came last weekend 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 stands at No. 69 in the country and second in the MVC with 21 points this season (6 goals, 9 assists). He has 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, has started each 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 co-captain earned MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors on three occasions this season but is also a lethal threat on offense. Each of his last seven goals has been 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 leads CU in time seen on the pitch, playing all but 21 minutes this season while logging 77 minutes or more in each match.