Trio of Golden Eagles Named to SAC Men's Soccer All-Conference List
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (November 14, 2012) — Freshman midfielder Eli Simonsen was named to the first team list while senior defender Chris Soenksen and sophomore forward Martin Gonzalez garnered second team accolades as the Sooner Athletic Conference released the 2012 All-Conference selections.
Simonsen, a native of the Faroe Islands, finished the 2012 season with a team-high seven goals and tied freshman teammate Zari Prescod in total points at fifteen. Simonsen had one game-winning goal, perhaps the biggest of the season, when his free kick from 20 yards out found the back of the net in the first half against Oklahoma City in the SAC conference tournament semifinals.
Coupled with his penalty kick goal in the second half, Simonsen helped JBU vault to the championship game against Oklahoma Baptist with the 2-0 victory. He also turned in 21 shots on goal, scoring at a .137 percent clip.
Soenksen, landing on the second team, helped John Brown post a 2-0 shutout over Oklahoma City in the SAC conference tournament semifinals. The senior from Lincoln, Neb., led a Golden Eagle defensive line in posting a 1.1 goals against average over the 2012 campaign, limiting opponents to a meager .070 goals per shot percentage.
Joining Soenksen on the second team was Gonzalez, native of Houston, Texas. Gonzalez completed the season with 13 points on the heels of five goals and three assists. Gonzalez lead the team in shots (71) and shots on goal (26). His breakout performance came in a five-point effort against Bacone (Okla.) in the season opener, notching two goals and a helper. Gonzalez completed the season ranked No. 37 in the nation with 3.940 shots per game.
“I am very proud of Eli, Chris and Martin," said head coach John Miglarese. "The recognition is well-deserved. All three played massive roles in our run to the finals and I am glad other coaches in our conference recognized their qualities on the field as well.
"However, I know firsthand that they are not only superb players, but fantastic young men.”
For a full list of All-Conference winners, please click here.