Men's soccer honors 2005 team at annual banquet

San Jose, Calif.---The Spartan men's soccer team held its annual end-of-season banquet Tuesday, December 6, 2005, in the Gold Room in the Simpkins Stadium Center at San Jose State University. Head coach Gary St. Clair was joined by assistant coaches Chris Behler and Tony Chang in honoring the 2005 team that ended the season 11-5-3 and finished second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings.

St. Clair introduced every member of the squad in attendance, and discussed each player's season highlights and contributions to the team. He also announced the winners of the Coaches' Awards and the Players' Awards. Junior midfielder Diego Soto and freshman defender Ed Brand were selected by the coaches to receive the Coaches' Awards as the two most outstanding players on the team in 2005. After voting among the players, the team selected senior forward Nelson Diaz as the team's 2005 Most Valuable Player. Junior forward Ismael Ibarra was named the team's Newcomer of the Year. Senior defender Dylan Pender was named the players' choice as the Most Valuable Defender and senior midfielder Dan Oka was selected as the Most Valuable Offensive Player.

St. Clair recognized the boosters and guests in attendance before discussing the highlights of a season that was unexpected by everyone outside of the program, as the Spartans had eight new starters on the field and were selected by league coaches to finish fifth in the MPSF in the preseason poll.

"Nobody thought we were going to have the success that we did this season," St. Clair said. "But this team had incredible character and proved the importance of hard work, not giving up, and working together as a team first."

2005 San Jose State Men's Soccer Team Awards

Coaches' Awards
Diego Soto
Ed Brand

Players' Awards
Most Valuable Player: Nelson Diaz

Newcomer of the Year: Ismael Ibarra

Most Valuable Defensive Player: Dylan Pender

Most Valuable Offensive Player: Dan Oka