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Matadors Earn Record 10 All-Conference Selections
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Matadors Earn Record 10 All-Conference Selections
The Big West Conference released its all-conference selections and honors today and the Matadors were tabbed with a school-record 10 selections, including Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year.

The news comes only one day after Northridge earned its first trip to the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament, its first since moving to Division I in 1991. The team also earned its fourth Big West Player of the Week honor as sophomore Yossi Raz was tabbed with the award.

Let's just say its been a good week for Northridge soccer.

Matador head coach Terry Davila earned Big West Coach of the Year after leading Northridge to a second place finish in conference and an impressive 14-4-2 overall record. The 14 wins are also a school record in Division I. Davila led his team through a tough schedule that saw the Matadors play a total of six games against ranked opponents.

Northridge goalkeeper Joe Barton was named the Big West Goalkeeper of the Year after posting an impressive 0.99 goals against average with a conference-high five shutouts. The senior finished second in the conference with 75 saves while posting a 11-4-2 record this season.

Junior Edwin Miranda was honored as the Big West Defensive Player of the Year, with the defender anchoring a Northridge squad that posted a 0.96 goals against average with six shutouts. Miranda led the Matador defense with three goals and two assists this season.

Senior Brian Phillips and sophomores Jesse Servin and Yossi Raz round off the Matadors first-team selections. Phillips helped anchor a Northridge defense that held opponents to one or fewer goals in 17 of its 20 games. Servin collected eight goals and six assists this season while Raz had a team-high 11 assists with seven goals.

Second team all-conference honors went to junior Charles Mitchell, senior Brandon Esparza and sophomore Juan Guerrero. Mitchell led the Matadors with 11 goals this season, including seven goals in Big West play while Guerrero finished the regular season with two goals and four assists. Esparza started in all 20 games this season with the defender collecting two assists for the Matadors.

Senior Josh Barton and freshman Daniel Paladini both earned honorable mention all-Big West honors. Barton had two goals and an assist while Paladini had two goals and four assists in his first collegiate season.

Davila is the first men's soccer coach to earn coach of the year honors at Northridge since former Matador coach Marwan Ass'ad was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year in 1993.

The Matadors had the most all-conference selections with 12th-ranked UC Santa Barbara collecting nine.

Big West Coach of the Year
Terry Davila, Cal State Northridge

Big West Goalkeeper of the Year
Joe Barton, Cal State Northridge

Big West Defensive Player of the Year
Edwin Miranda, Cal State Northridge

First Team All-Big West Selections
Jesse Servin, Forward, Cal State Northridge
Yossi Raz, Midfielder, Cal State Northridge
Edwin Miranda, Defender, Cal State Northridge
Brian Phillips, Defender, Cal State Northridge
Joe Barton, Goalkeeper, Cal State Northridge

Second Team All-Big West Selections
Charles Mitchell, Forward, Cal State Northridge
Juan Guerrero, Midfielder, Cal State Northridge
Brandon Esparza, Defender, Cal State Northridge

Honorable Mention All-Big West Selections
Daniel Paladini, Forward, Cal State Northridge
Josh Barton, Midfielder, Cal State Northridge