Los Angeles, Calif. - San Jose State University's Steven Sanchez was named to the 2011 Continental Tires/ National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Men's NCAA Division I All-Far West Regional Team, it was announced Friday, December 9. Sanchez earned third-team honors.
A native of San Jose, Calif. and graduate of Piedmont Hills High School, Sanchez is the first Spartan since Nick Cukar in 2008 to be honored as an All-Far West Regional team member.
The junior striker made 19 starts among his 20 appearances in 2011. He led the side with 19 points and tied for the team lead in both goals (7) and assists (5). Of his seven goals, a remarkable six were the game winner, including the winning goal against Sacramento State in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament. Six minutes after that strike, he picked up an assist on the Spartans fourth goal in a 4-2 win. In the semifinals against No. 1 ranked New Mexico, he took a team leading three shots, putting one on goal in a 3-0 loss to the eventual tournament winners. For his efforts, he was named to the 2011 MPSF All-Tournament Team.
Sanchez emerged this season as a true scoring threat and earned second-team All-MPSF honors. He led San Jose State and the league in game-winners. His shots (38), points (16), goals (6) and assists (4) all ranked in the top-10 in the regular season among conference players.
College Soccer News named Sanchez to its National Team of the Week for October 10-16, after he netted the winning goal with fifteen seconds remaining in regulation in San Jose State's 2-1 win over Seattle University (10/14/11). He also scored the game-winning goal in the Spartans 2-1 win over #19 CSU Bakersfield (10/16/11). For those efforts he was also named the MPSF Player of the Week.