Knibbs & Colunga Preseason All-WAC; Spartans Picked Fifth

Jonathan Colunga led the WAC in assists and was 13th in the nation in 2014. For that effort he was named a 2015 Preseason All-WAC honoree.
Aug. 18, 2015

Denver, Colo. – Spartans Rory Knibbs and Jonathan Colunga received Preseason All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) honors by a vote of the league's 11 head coaches it was announced on Tuesday. The Spartans, who return 90 percent of their goal scoring from last season, have been selected to finish fifth in 2015 by a vote of the same panel.

Knibbs, a junior striker from London, England, earned preseason All-WAC honors for the second year in a row and last year was named a second-team All-WAC performer. His nine goals in 2014 tied for the team lead and ranked second in the WAC.  Knibbs’ 20 points were also good for second in the conference.  He was one of three players who had two or more multi-goal games including a league-best hat trick against UMass (9/2/14) and he had two game-winning goals.

Colunga, junior midfielder from Lindsay, Calif., led the conference with eight assists, which was good for 13th in the nation.  Colunga’s five assists in WAC play were good for second in the league.  His 10 points ranked third on the team at the end of the regular season. 

Seattle U was selected first in the poll, receiving five first-place votes and 92 total points. UNLV finished second in the poll also with five first-place vote and 86 points. CSU Bakersfield is third with 80 points and one first-place vote followed by Utah Valley with 71 points. San José State slots in in fifth place with 66 points. Incarnate Word and UMKC tied for sixth place with 48 points. Grand Canyon is eighth with 46 points, followed by Air Force (36), Houston Baptist (19) and Rio Grande Valley was 11th with 13 points.


 

 

UNLV sophomore forward Danny Musoviski garnered Preseason Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Seattle U junior defender Kyle Bjornethun was selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

The Spartans wrap up exhibition play on Sunday, August 23 hosting San Francisco State. Kickoff on Spartan Soccer Field is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
San José State opens its 18-game regular season slate at Loyola Marymount on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. The home opener is scheduled for September 4 at 4:00 p.m. on Spartan Soccer Field against Sacramento State.

2015 Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll

Rank Team (1st place votes) Points
1 Seattle U (5) 92
2 UNLV (5) 86
3 CSU Bakersfield (1) 80
4 Utah Valley 71
5 San José State 66
T6 Incarnate Word 48
T6 UMKC 48
8 Grand Canyon 46
9 Air Force 36
10 Houston Baptist 19
11 UTRGV 13

2015 Preseason All-WAC Team

Julian Zamora, So., F, CSU Bakersfield

Hamza Haddadi, Sr., F, Seattle U

Rory Knibbs, Jr., F, San José State

Danny Musovski, So., F, UNLV

Christian Duarte, Sr., MF, CSU Bakersfield

Rodrigo Fuentes, Sr., MF, UNLV

Jonathan Colunga, So., MF, San José State

Kyle Bjornethun, Jr., D, Seattle U

Alex Neff, Jr., D, Utah Valley

Jason Khamvongsa, Sr., D, UNLV

Shane Haworth, Sr., GK, Seattle U

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Danny Musovski, UNLV

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Kyle Bjornethun, Seattle U