Soccer's Diaz and Ibarra honored by Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Woodland, Calif.---San Jose State senior forward Nelson Diaz was named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team and junior forward Ismael Ibarra was named MPSF "Co-Newcomer of the Year," as announced by the conference on Friday, November 18. Eight other Spartans were also honored, giving SJSU 10 players to earn recognition, the most of any school in the conference.

"I don't think anybody else in the conference had more of an impact on his team's year than Nelson (Diaz) did," head coach Gary St. Clair said. "But I'm disappointed for my team that we didn't have more players named to the first and second teams. The selections were not indicative of the year we had."

Ibarra and senior forward Johnny Gonzalez were named to the All-MPSF second team. Gonzalez leaves San Jose State as a four-time All-MPSF honoree, having earned a pair of first-team and second-team selections each. He is the first player in Spartan men's soccer history to accomplish the feat. The team captain produced five goals and four assists in his final collegiate campaign.

The entire Spartan defensive foursome of co-captain Dylan Pender, fellow senior Darrin Domingo, redshirt freshman Gavin Wenyon and freshman Ed Brand, along with midfielders Dan Oka and Diego Soto, and goalkeeper Richard Mann, earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention.

Diaz, a native of San Francisco, Calif., led the Spartans with 10 goals and two assists for 22 total points, ranking him fourth in the MPSF in points and third and goals. Five of his goals were game-winners, including three sudden-victory winners in overtime. Ibarra, a transfer from Hartnell College and a Salinas, Calif., native, was fifth in the MPSF with 15 points and sixth in goals with five, four of them game-winners. Wenyon, out of Foster City, Calif., led the MPSF in assists with nine. Oka, a senior from Morgan Hill, Calif., who came to the Spartans from Fresno State, finished third in the MPSF in assists with seven. Mann, a redshirt freshman from San Jose, was third in the MPSF with 58 saves and 19 goals-against with just a 1.19 goals-against-average.