Boateng, Kibunguchy pick up United Soccer Coaches all-region honors

Dec. 4, 2017

Complete United Soccer Coaches Division I All-Far West Region Team

DAVIS, Calif. -- For the first time since the 2014 season, UC Davis men's soccer is represented on the United Soccer Coaches All-Far West Region team as junior defender Roy Boateng was named to the second team, while redshirt freshman midfielder Nabi Kibunguchy picked up third-team laurels, the organization announced.

Both awards are the first of their careers as Boateng and Kibunguchy became the first Aggies to earn all-region honors since defender Ramon Martin Del Campo was named to the third team in 2014. It also marks the first time that UC Davis has had two all-region selections since Quincy Amarikwa and Dylan Curtis picked up first-team honors in 2008.

All told, they are the 20th and 21st all-region selections under Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer.

The 2017 Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year -- the first Aggie to win the award -- and a first-team all-league selection, Boateng was one of four Aggies to start all 21 matches last season, helping UC Davis to the conference's North Division title and an appearance in the tournament championship match for the second time in the history of program.

The managerial economics major from Rohnert Park, Calif., scored his only goal of the year to tie things up at Cal Poly on Oct. 25, but spearheaded a defensive unit that allowed a league-low eight goals in 10 league matches and a conference best 0.70 goals against average in Big West play, posting five shutouts.

After missing the first six matches of the regular season, Kibunguchy bounced back to appear in 14 matches, including starting all 10 conference contests, picking up All-Big West first team honors in the process. He posted an assist in a 1-1 draw with Saint Mary's on Sept. 21 in his third match back, and added his first two career goals against Sacramento State on the road at Oct. 14, and against CSUN in the Big West Tournament semifinals.

UC Davis wrapped up the season with an 11-7-3 overall record and a 7-2-1 mark in conference play, finishing the year unbeaten in its last five contests (4-0-1) before falling to Cal State Fullerton in the tournament championship match on penalty kicks following a scoreless draw.

The 11 victories were the most since the 2008 squad finished 13-5-4 overall en route to a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, while the seven wins at home tied the school's Division I record. The 40 goals -- by 16 different players -- scored by the Aggies rank second in the program's Division I history, while the 107 points and 27 assists ranked second and tied for second on the single-season list.