Aguilar Chosen All-BIG EAST First Team
Nov. 10, 2011
SHORT HILLS, N.J. - Before the soccer season began, DePaul junior Antonio Aguilar set a lofty goal for himself.
On Thursday night, Aguilar attained that objective after being named All-BIG EAST Conference First Team at the league's awards banquet at the Short Hills Hilton Hotel.
In addition, Blue Demon freshman forward David Selvaggi was selected to the All-BIG EAST Rookie Team.
"This wouldn't be possible without my teammates putting me in position to score," said Aguilar, who led the Blue Demons in points with 18 in assists with four and tied with Selvaggi for the team lead in goals with seven.
"Actually, this award is not just for me, but for the whole team and for everyone in DePaul Athletics---especially Triple-A (Athletic Academic Advising)."
Aguilar was chosen for the All-BIG EAST Rookie Team as a freshman and last year earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors.
"This was a goal I had set with the coaches at the beginning of the year," Aguilar said. "I worked hard all summer to be ready for the soccer season.
"I had to show more leadership on the team and worked harder in practice to set an example for the younger players."
Aguilar got off to a fast start, being selected BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Aug. 29 after recording two goals and one assist in a 3-1 season-opening victory over Oakland two days earlier at Wish Field.
The midfielder from Mt. Carmel finished with seven goals and team highs in assists, shots (54) and shots on goal (30).
"It's a great honor for Tony and all the DePaul soccer players and coaches," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "It's also a tribute to Tony's parents and the DePaul support staff for all of their contributions in this award.
"Tony said at the start of the season that he wanted to be All-BIG EAST First Team, which is the type of drive we want from our players. For Tony to achieve this is a great accomplishment.
"We know Tony is capable of even more, and we are all looking forward to seeing what he can do his senior year."
Now that Aguilar has achieved his individual goal, what's next?
"My next goal is to have our team make it deep into the BIG EAST tournament and to the BIG EAST final four," Aguilar said. "We're going to be better next season when all the freshmen and sophomores have a year's experience. We're going to have a lot more upperclassmen next year.
"It will be my last year, and you always want to go out with a bang. I'm going to work twice as hard to help my team reach success."
Helping the Blue Demons qualify for the BIG EAST Championship playoffs for the seventh year in a row and advance to the semifinals will require Aguilar to have an even bigger impact on the team---on and off the field.
"This year, I learned a lot from our team captain, Matt Leinauer.
"Now it's time for me to carry the load and become a leader for the younger guys."
Younger guys like Selvaggi, whose 15 points (seven goals, one assist) were second to Aguilar's 18. Selvaggi was also second on the team in shots with 46 and shots on goal with 24.
"The mark of a good forward is someone who can score and put the opposing defense under pressure, and that's what David did this season," Blazer said. "He has very good athleticism and a solid mental approach. He really couldn't wait to get on the field.
"When he says he is going to score, you really believe it. He has confidence, and that's what you want from all your players.
"David is able to execute, and he formed a potent combination with Tony."