San Jose, Calif.----The San Jose State University men's soccer program held its annual end-of-the-year awards banquet inside the Gold Room at the Simpkins Stadium Center on South Campus on Tuesday night, December 7.
The event recognized team and individual accomplishments for the 2010 season. Head coach Gary St. Clair recapped his milestone 21st season in charge at his alma mater and spoke on behalf of each player's accomplishments, both on and off the field. Following dinner, a video prepared by seventh-year assistant coach Chris Behler, highlighted the 2010 men's soccer season.
The banquet concluded with five awards being handed out and St. Clair calling up Josh Boemecke, Stephen Cordova, Nick Cukar, and Ricky Dorrego, his four standout seniors for one final farewell and thank you.
St. Clair, Behler, associate head coach Ron Smare, also in his 21st year on the staff, and volunteer assistant Dan Benton selected Omri Brinner, Ricky Dorrego, and Christian Romero for the Coaches' Award.
"The Coaches' Award is given to a player who represents ideals, professionalism, and who makes good plays," added St. Clair.
Brinner, a sophomore who started in four matches, played in 13 matches for 423 minutes this season. The Givat Gonen High School graduate out of Jerusalem, Israel, was an effective defender producing 11 shots, three of which were on goal.
Dorrego, a San Jose native and fourth-year Spartan out of Lincoln High School, played primarily as an outside midfielder. He recorded an assist against UC Riverside (9/1/10) and appeared in 18 matches this season, starting in nine. He saw action in 74 matches in his career at San Jose State, only missing two and leads all active Spartans in assists with 16.
Romero, one of three prep National Letter of Intent signings for 2009, graduated from Woodcreek High School in Sacramento, Calif. Romero played in ten matches with three starts as a sophomore, adding the game-winning assist verses CSU Northridge (9/12/10) for the 3-1 win.
The first award voted on by members of the Spartan team was for Top Newcomer, with freshman Sam Hodgson accepting the honors. Originally from Bishop Auckland, England (Wolsingham School), Hodgson appeared as a midfielder and played in all 19 matches, starting in 18. He was credited with 16 shots and notched one assist during the match at Cal State Fullerton (9/10/10). Hodgson made his way onto the 13-player 2010 All-Conference second team.
Defensive MVP distinction went to Junior Dan Addiego, a defender who played in all but one game his sophomore and junior year, starting in 37 of those 38 matches. Addiego, out of San Ramon's California High School, scored against UC Riverside (9/1/10) and played 1,653 minutes, second-highest on the team, only trailing behind Nick Murphy's 1,723.
Josh Boemecke was chosen by his teammates as their Offensive MVP. The senior led the Spartans with nine goals and 18 points. Boemecke ranked second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in goals (9), and third in points per game (0.95) and shots (56). The O'Fallon, Ill. native and Saint Louis University transfer, played and started in all 19 games this year. A team-best three of his 19 goals were game-winners. Of his 56 shots on the year, 25 were on frame. This year he received All-Tournament Team honors in the Cal State Fullerton Tournament (9/10-9/12), All-Conference first team, and was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week (9/12/10).
Sophomore Nick Murphy took top honors as the Most Valuable Player, the fourth and final award voted on by members of the Spartan team. The co-captain earned 2010 All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honorable mention for the first time and played a team-leading 1,725 minutes starting in all 19 games. The defender was named to the Cal State Fullerton All-Tournament Team (9/10-9/12). A native of San Francisco, Calif., the two-year starter from Lowell High posted a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average and was one of eleven 2010 ESPN Academic All-District VIII award winners.
"There is certainly a reason and correlation that one of our captains on our team is a sophomore," explained coach St. Clair. "Along with his GPA, he's as good and reliable on the field, as he is off the field."
The Spartans ended the season 7-9-3 overall and 1-6-3 in the highly competitive MPSF Conference.
2010 San Jose State Men's Soccer Team Awards
Coaches' Award: Omri Brinner, SO, D, Ricky Dorrego, SR, MF, and Christian Romero, SO, D
Top Newcomer: Sam Hodgson, FR, MF
Defensive MVP: Dan Addiego, JR, D
Offensive MVP: Josh Boemecke, SR, MF
Most Valuable Player: Nick Murphy, SO, D