LOS ANGELES — Liam Walsh and the Occidental men's soccer team was rewarded with several SCIAC awards after an outstanding regular season.
Walsh, a senior captain and forward from Washington, D.C., was named the SCIAC Player of the Year on Wednesday after scoring an incredible 15 goals in 14 SCIAC games. The next closest SCIAC player to Walsh in scoring had eight goals.
Walsh helped lead Oxy to a 10-4 regular-regular season record and third-place finish in the conference. Oxy will travel to Redlands as the No. 3 seed in the four-team SCIAC Postseason Tournament on Thursday. If the Tigers win, they advance the the SCIAC Tournament Championship on Nov. 3. The highest remaining seed in the tournament will host.
The economics major had a hat-trick with three goals at Redlands and another with four goals at Caltech. He scored more goals in SCIAC than both Cal Lutheran and Caltech.
Walsh is well cemented in the Oxy record books. He set both Oxy's single season goals mark (17) and career goals mark (31).
Riley McCabe was also named First Team All-SCIAC. The 6-foot-5 junior center back from Lincoln, Mass., was solid all year for Oxy in the back and also scored three goals and had two assists. He was named the SCIAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8.
The Tigers had six players recognized as Second Team All-SCIAC selections: Scott Drazan (goalkeeper, Gaithersburg, Md.), Matthew Labrie (defender, Alamo), Ben Simon (midfielder, Menlo Park), Ariel Rosso (midfielder, Porterville), Nate Dunning (forward, Washington, D.C.), Ethan Glass (forward, Northbrook, Ill.).
It's been one of the best seasons in Oxy program history so far. The Tigers were one win away from clinching a share of their first SCIAC regular season championship on the final game of the season and now have a chance to be the first Oxy squad to advance to the SCIAC Tournament Championship game and NCAA Playoffs.
|First Team All-SCIAC|
|Liam Walsh||Occidental||Sr.||M||Washington, D.C.|
|Jacob Mays||CMS||Fy.||GK||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|William Birchard||CMS||So.||D||Tucson, Ariz.|
|Riley McCabe||Occidental||Jr.||D||Lincoln, Mass.|
|Joey Kenney||Redlands||Sr.||D||Portland, Ore.|
|Adam Singer||CMS||Jr.||D||San Francisco, Calif.|
|Arman Mogharei||Redlands||Sr.||M||Hayward, Calif.|
|Jonah Tipp||Chapman||Jr.||M||Woodland Hills, Calif.|
|Aidan Johnson||CMS||Sr.||M||Eugene, Ore.|
|Nate Huntington||CMS||So.||M||San Francisco, Calif.|
|Kai Howe||Chapman||Sr.||F||Tokyo, Japan|
|Kayvon Parsa||Redlands||Sr.||F||West Hills, Calif.|
|Bjorn Sigurdsson||Pomona-Pitzer||Sr.||F||Reykjavik, Iceland|
|William Barton||CMS||Fy.||F||Seattle, Wash.|
|Second Team All-SCIAC|
|Scott Drazan||Occidental||So.||GK||Gaithersburg, Md.|
|Jarod Matteoni||Chapman||Jr.||D||San Jose, Calif.|
|Nick DeQuiroz||Redlands||Sr.||D||San Jose, Calif.|
|Matthew Labrie||Occidental||Sr.||D||Alamo, Calif.|
|Patrick Quinn||Chapman||Jr.||D||Menlo Park, Calif.|
|Parker McDonald||Whittier||So.||M||Corona, Calif.|
|Ben Simon||Occidental||Jr.||M||Menlo Park, Calif.|
|Johnny DeRueda||La Verne||So.||M||Rialto, Calif.|
|Ariel Rosso||Occidental||Sr.||M||Porterville, Calif.|
|Nate Dunning||Occidental||So.||F||Washington, D.C.|
|Kevin Yu||Caltech||Jr.||F||Park Ridge, N.J.|
|Antony Chonga||Redlands||Jr.||F||San Diego, Calif.|
|Ethan Glass||Occidental||Sr.||F||Northbrook, Ill.|