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SCIAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Honors Announced

SCIAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Honors Announced

The 2017 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's Soccer teams were announced Tuesday following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches.

Senior central midfielder Casey ChubbFertal of Redlands was named the 2017 SCIAC Athlete of the Year after helping the Bulldogs stake an undefeated, 12-0-2 record in conference play during the regular season. 

ChubbFertal, a two-time First Team All-SCIAC selection in 2015 and 2016, found the back of the net seven times for Redlands against conference competition this season. A play-maker who dictates the pace of play in the midfield, he has notched three game-winning goals, and registered four assists. ChubbFertal scored his game-winners at Occidental in the first match of the 2017 SCIAC season (Sept. 6), at Caltech on Oct. 4, and against CMS on Oct. 14. He finished the regular season with 18 points, helping Redlands secure the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. 

Caltech first-year goalkeeper Joe Como was named the 2017 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year following a stellar debut campaign between the posts for the Beavers. Como, a Glen Cove, N.Y. native, notched 129 saves and a .713 save percentage, including a collegiate-career high against Cal Lutheran on Oct. 11, in addition to registering a 3.81 goals-against average. Como's save percentage is the highest in recent Caltech history, and his goals-against average also ranks near the top in the Beavers' record books. 

Peter Rentzepis of Pomona-Pitzer was named the 2017 SCIAC Award of Distinction winner for men's soccer. The Award of Distinction recognizes a senior male SCIAC soccer athlete for exemplary achievements through their higher education experience. Specifically it recognizes students who, while competing on their teams, have been recognized by coaches, officials, institutional administrators or others as making significant contributions representing their school and serving their communities based on the following criteria: advancing sportsmanship, balancing sports and major personal academic achievements, demonstrating behavior that models efforts of inclusion within theirteams and those of their opponents, contributes to a sense of civility in society or otherwise innovatively elevates the profile of what participation in the SCIAC conference and as a Division III student-athlete can offer to the betterment of the community.

Rentzepis, an Eau Claire, Wis. native, is a 3.97 chemistry major at Pomona-Pitzer. During the preseason of his senior year, he was a featured speaker at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in Washington D.C. presenting on his research which focuses on predicting pneumonia using a patient's breath. 

The 2017 SCIAC Coach of the Year honors went to Dan Kuntz of Cal Lutheran. Kuntz, now in his 25th season at the helm, earned his first SCIAC Coach of the Year recognition after guiding the Kingsmen to an overall record of 11-4-2, including a 9-3-2 ledger in conference play. Under Kuntz's direction, Cal Lutheran posted seven shutout victories against league rivals, and earned the second seed in the conference tournament after going unbeaten in five of the last six matches conclude the regular season. 

SCIAC Athlete
of the Year
SCIAC Newcomer
of the Year
of Distinction
SCIAC Coaching
Staff of the Year
Casey ChubbFertal
Joe Como
Peter Rentzepis
Dan Kuntz
Cal Lutheran
First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Casey ChubbFertal Redlands Sr. M Eugene, Ore.
Ben Mitchell Pomona-Pitzer Sr. GK San Diego, Calif.
Daniel Aguilar Cal Lutheran Sr. D Oxnard, Calif.
Ben Thompson Redlands Sr. D Spokane, Wash.
Gabriel Barrett-Jackson Occidental Sr. D Seattle, Wash.
Cristian Yepez Cal Lutheran Jr. D Oxnard, Calif.
Diego Ortega Cal Lutheran Sr. M Camarillo, Calif.
Elliott Braund Chapman Sr. M Winchester, England
Arman Mogharei Redlands Jr. M Hayward, Calif.
Santiago Bedoya-Gallego  Occidental  Sr. Poway, Calif.
Chase Boone Redlands Sr. F Beaverton, Ore.
Brandon Kearney Cal Lutheran Sr. F Concord, Calif.
Kayvon Parsa Redlands Jr. F West Hills, Calif.
Kai Howe Chapman Jr. F Tokyo, Japan
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Kevin Yu Caltech So. F Park Ridge, N.J.
Aidan Ferrer Pomona-Pitzer Jr. F Cypress, Texas
Connor Tait-Mole Whittier Sr. F Livermore, Calif.
Jarod Matteoni Chapman So. D San Jose, Calif.
Liam Walsh Occidental Jr. M Washington, D.C.
Josh Haskill Redlands Sr. GK Lakewood, Calif.
Sergio Valencia Redlands Sr. M San Jose, Calif.
Sean Augustine Chapman Sr. GK Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Antony Chonga Redlands So. F San Diego, Calif.
Charlie Villa-Lovos Cal Lutheran Jr. F Westlake Village, Calif.
Anton Russell La Verne Sr. D Claremont, Calif.
Johnny DeRueda La Verne Fr. F Rialto, Calif.
Luis Espitia Whittier Fr. F Paramount, Calif.