Nov. 11, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis senior Omar Zeenni was named the Big West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year to headline a group of eight honored Aggies as the league announced its 2013 postseason honor roll on Monday afternoon.
In addition to his Goalkeeper of the Year honors, Zeenni became only the fourth UC Davis player to be named to the All-Big West First Team (the first since Lance Patterson in 2011) while a trio of Aggies -- junior forward Matt Wiesenfarth, junior defender Brian Ford, and senior midfielder Alex Henry -- were all named to the All-Big West Second Team.
Junior Matt Sheldon, senior Alex Aguiar, and junior Ramon Martin Del Campo were all-conference honorable mention selections, while rookie Dashiell MacNamara was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team.
It is the second career honors for Zeenni (second team in 2012-13), Wiesenfarth (second team in 2011-12), and Henry (honorable mention in 2012-13)
As UC Davis prepares to host the first round of the Big West Men's Soccer Tournament against UC Riverside on Tuesday at 2 p.m., Zeenni leads his side into the fray, becoming the first Aggie to earn goalkeeper of the year laurels from the conference after ranking second in the conference in goals against average (0.86), tied for third in shutouts (5), and fourth in save percentage (.785).
Zeenni also set a pair of school career records in 2013 with 215 saves and 18 career shutouts. Among the Big West Conference career best, he stands ninth in career goals against average (0.97), eighth in minutes (6,058), and eighth in wins (28), entering tournament play.
Wiesenfarth, who had the game-tying goal against Cal Poly and the game-winner against Sacramento State to help the Aggies' push to the postseason, enters the conference tournament leading the team with 13 points and sharing the team-lead with six goals with teammate Sheldon, who ranks among the league leaders with 36 shots.
Ford, who has appeared in 16 matches this season, and Henry, who has added a pair of assists, have helped anchor a defense that has allowed the second-fewest goals in the conference.
In 19 matches this season, Aguiar has scored a goal and added an assist for three points, ranking among the Big West Conference leaders with 38 shots. Martin Del Campo has also been a key cog in the defensive wheel for the Aggies, finishing the regular season with 13 shots.
One of 11 players named to the league's all-freshman team, MacNamara becomes the Aggies first-ever recipient of that honor, entering the tournament ranked fourth on the team in scoring with a pair of goals and an assist.