Aguilar Named to Second Straight All-BIG EAST First Team
Nov. 8, 2012
CHESTER, Pa. – On the eve of the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Men’s Soccer Championship semifinals, the league announced its postseason honors and awards with DePaul senior Antonio Aguilar earning a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second straight season.
During his fourth and final season in a Blue Demon uniform, Aguilar, who was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, finished with a team-best 13 points including six goals and one assist.
“I’ve worked hard this season, and this was my goal—to make the All-BIG EAST First Team again,” Aguilar said upon hearing the news. “I put pressure on myself to repeat. I didn’t want a drop-off my senior year.”
Although the Blue Demons missed the conference tournament, as Aguilar went, so did DePaul. His six-goal season propelled DePaul to 11 of its 15 points on the season. Aguilar scored in wins over Loyola, Northwestern, and USF along with draws against Drake and Cincinnati.
“We didn’t have the season we expected after making it to the BIG EAST Championship my first three years,” Aguilar said. “We didn’t reach the goal we had set at the beginning of the year, but finishing up my career with this accolade is special.”
“It means a lot that a top soccer conference like the BIG EAST recognizes my style of play.”
Aguilar was named to the First Team in his junior season as well after notching seven goals and four assists to lead DePaul. He is the first Blue Demon in program history to be named to the All-BIG EAST First Team on two occasions.
“It’s an awesome feeling getting this award two times in a row,” Aguilar said. “It means a lot with all the good soccer players who have come from DePaul like Brian Visser, Steffen Vroom, Patrick Hopkins, Alex Mangan and Mark Plotkin.”
Among the other awards this season, five schools shared the 2012 BIG EAST men’s soccer postseason honors. Notre Dame senior forward Ryan Finley was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, while Louisville junior defender Andrew Farrell was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Connecticut sophomore Andre Blake earned his second-straight BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year honor and teammate Carlos Alvarez, a senior, earned BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year. Georgetown forward Brandon Allen collected BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors and the Syracuse staff earned Coaching Staff of the Year. Georgetown and Notre Dame shared the Team Fair Play Award.
Offensive Player of the Year
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