Men's Soccer Hands Out 2013 Season Awards
Feb. 25, 2014
CHICAGO - The Blue Demons’ 2013 men’s soccer season went by all too quickly, which made their annual awards banquet all the more meaningful and appreciated.
Coach Craig Blazer and assistant coaches Craig Reynolds and Mark Plotkin gathered together with their team last month at the Barn & Company restaurant, 950 W. Wrightwood, to relive the highlights of the fall season and celebrate the top individual achievements.
The Offensive Award went to junior Art Garza who had played defender and midfielder before switching to forward this season in bolstering DePaul fortunes in the attacking third. Garza led the team in goals with four, in assists with three and in points with 11.
Senior captain Eric Sorby, who ranked among the top five goalkeepers in the nation in total saves for most of the season, was the recipient of the team’s Defensive Award.
Simon Megally, who had a goal and an assist and was a force in the midfield, received the Freshman Award.
Garza scored the first goal and assisted on junior Koray Yesilli’s game-winning goal in the season-ending 2-1 upset of No. 10/19 Marquette on Senior Day Nov. 8 at Wish Field.
Sorby had to leave the game in the eighth minute with an injury, and freshman Quentin Low filled in admirably during his first collegiate match. Senior Zach Forbes did a great job marking Marquette's 6-foot, 7-inch standout Axel Sjoberg on set pieces.
“The seniors have sacrificed so much for us the last four years, and we can’t thank them enough,” Garza said after that match. “This is the only way we know how to do it.
“So much was on the line today. This game was much more than a win or a loss. And for the seniors, there’s no better feeling than ending your career with such a big win.”
Two days later, Garza earned the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week accolade.
Sorby’s sensational play kept DePaul in games all season long, and he made a number of stops on breakaways and 1v1 situations. After back-to-back shutouts of Drake and SIU-Edwardsville, Sorby was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week.
At the end of the season, Sorby was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region Second Team by the soccer coaches association.
“The guys enjoyed reflecting on the season,” Blazer said. “Getting the team back together was a lot of fun. “You can tell this group of student-athletes really enjoys each other’s company and has a good time being around one another.
“Coach Plotkin did an outstanding job putting together a highlight video of our season. The guys had a great time remembering how many good things they did in the fall.”