San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men's soccer program held its annual end-of-the-year awards banquet on Tuesday night, December 4.
The event recognized team and individual accomplishments for the 2012 season. Head coach Gary St. Clair recapped his 23rd year in charge at his alma mater and highlighted each player's accomplishments, both on and off the field. In addition, a video prepared by assistant coach Chris Behler recapped the season.
The banquet concluded with five awards being handed out and St. Clair calling up Steven Sanchez, Nick Murphy, Dylan Murphy, Christian Romero, Diego Ochoa and Edwin Velazquez (who couldn't attend due to a final exam), his standout seniors for one final farewell and thank you.
"The awards, other than the Coaches' Award, were voted on by the players and as usual, I think they got it spot on," St, Clair said.
St. Clair, Behler, associate head coach Ron Smare selected Enrique Montano for the Coaches' Award, which is given to a player, or players, who represent the ideals of Spartan soccer, professionalism, and who make plays.
Montano, a sophomore transfer from Salinas, Calif., started all 18 matches in 2012 and his 1,528 minutes were second most on the team. A midfielder, he produced 19 shots, one goal and an assist on the year. His assist came on the opening goal against Houston Baptist and his goal, the game winner, was in the regular-season finale against Seattle U.
The first of four awards voted on by members of the team was for Top Newcomer. Sophomore midfielder Frankie Beauchamp accepted the award. A graduate of Gateway High School in San Francisco, Beauchamp came the Spartans after one year at Hawai'i Pacific University. He, along Montano, formed a dynamic midfield combination. Beauchamp had four assists in 14 starts and 15 total appearances. He produced six shots, with assists coming against Bradley, at Bakersfield, at Air Force and against Seattle U.
Defensive MVP honors went to senior Christian Romero, made 13 starts in 14 total appearances. Romero, out of Sacramento's Woodcreek High School, played 1,128 minutes, and was a stalwart on the back line. A tri-captain, he had one assist, against the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Jonathan Salceda was selected the team's Offensive MVP. He emerged this season as a true scoring threat and earned 2012 honorable mention All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) honors. Salceda was second on the team in nearly every offensive category including seven goals and led the side with six assists. His assist total tied for fifth best in the conference and his six regular-season goals were good for seventh. He added one more goal in the MPSF Tournament. His two goal and two assist performance at Santa Clara earned him MPSF Player of the Week honors.
Seniors Nick Murphy, a defender out of Lowell High School in San Francisco, and striker Steven Sanchez, a Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose product, shared the team's Most Valuable Player honor. Murphy and Sanchez were tri-captains and earned second-team and first-team All-MPSF honors this season, respectively.
Murphy, who started every game and played every minute this season as a central defender, was named a third-team Capital One Academic All-America last month. Majoring in physics, he has a 3.93 GPA and has anchored the Spartans defense for the past several seasons.
Sanchez, one of three players to start in all 18 matches for the side, led the team with nine goals, three assists, 21 points, 54 shots, 21 shots on goal and three game-winners. He finished the season ranked third in the MPSF in goals, second in game winners and fourth in shots.
The other honor, Goal of the Year, was determined from votes on the team's Facebook page. After the voting was tabulated, two strikes were tied for the top spot.
Senior Dylan Murphy's free kick at Sacramento State, from 25 yards straight out, bent over the wall and out of the reach of the Hornets' keeper to get the Spartans rolling on their way to a 2-1 win.
Diego Ochoa, also a senior, had the season's most dramatic goal. With less than 10 seconds to play in regulation of a 0-0 match against CSU Bakersfield, the Spartans had a corner kick. Ochoa set the ball and with five second on the clock bent it into the upper corner at the far post for a 1-0 win.
2012 San Jose State Men's Soccer Team Awards
Coaches' Award: Enrique Montano, Sophomore, Midfielder
Top Newcomer: Frankie Beauchamp, Sophomore, Midfielder
Defensive MVP: Christian Romero, Senior, Defender
Offensive MVP: Jonathan Salceda, Junior, Striker
Most Valuable Players: Nick Murphy, Senior, Defender and Steven Sanchez, Senior, Striker