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Men's Soccer - Fri, Nov. 30, 2012
Ramirez's 23 goals led the GSAC
Ramirez's 23 goals led the GSAC
 

Concordia senior Christian Ramirez was selected as the GSAC Player of the Year and CU coach Chris Gould was chosen the GSAC Coach of the Year in his fourth season with the Eagles.

Junior goalkeeper Julio Trejo, senior midfielder William Prado, senior midfielder Jose Tamayo, and junior defender Omar De La Piedra were also selected All-GSAC.

 

Ramirez, a two-time All-GSAC choice from Garden Grove, CA, was fifth in the country in goals (23), eighth in points (52), 13th in goals per game (1), 20th in points per game (2.26), and 47th in shots on goal per game (1.96).  He led the GSAC in points/game, points by 16, goals by 10, and was the only GSAC player to average more than a goal per game.  He set the single-season school record with his 23 goals in 2012.  In just two seasons, his 41 goals rank second all-time and his 100 points rank third.  He leaves CU as one of the most dominant offensive players in history, is the first GSAC Player of the Year from Concordia since Jeff Clark in 2006, and one only wonders what numbers Ramirez would have put up in four years at the school.

In his fourth season at the helm, Concordia head coach Chris Gould's men tied the school record with 19 wins at 19-3-1.  They won the GSAC Regular-Season and Tournament Championships.  It was their first GSAC Regular-Season championship since 2006, third overall, and first Tournament Championship in school history.  The Eagles advanced to the NAIA National Championship for the first time since 2008 and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007.  The Eagles were ranked in the top-10 for 10 straight weeks and were a perfect 12-0 at home.  He is the second Concordia coach to earn the honor, joining Don Ebert in 2006.

Prado, a two-time All-GSAC selection and 2011 NAIA All-American from Anaheim, CA, was 12th in the country in assists (12), 33rd in assists per game (.52), and 37th in points (36).  He led the GSAC in assists, assists per game, was second in points, fourth in points/game, third in goals (12), and sixth in goals/game (.62).  He broke the school's career assists record in just two seasons with 30.  He ranks fifth in goals with 20.  Prado ranks fifth in points with 70.  Prado leaves as the best distributor in school history.

Tamayo, a senior from La Puente, CA, earns his first All-GSAC nod.  Tamayo, who played his final two seasons at Concordia after transferring from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, finished 20th in the GSAC in points (12) and sixth in assists (6).  He also scored three goals in 2012.  Tamayo was a fantastic leader and controlled the middle of the field in his time at CU.

De La Piedra, a junior from Los Angeles, earned All-GSAC honors in his first year at CU.  He led a defense that pitched 12 shutouts, best in the nation.  He showcased his offensive ability as well, scoring two goals.

Trejo, a junior goalkeeper from Garden Grove, earned the All-GSAC nod in his first season between the posts for CU.  He finished fourth in the nation allowing only .71 goals per game.  He was the only GSAC goalkeeper to allow less than one goal per game and had 55 saves.  He posted eight individual shutouts and was part of four team shutouts.  He finished with a mark of 18-2-1.

The Eagles' season came to an end on Wednesday, November 28, in a 3-2 loss to Mobile (AL) in the NAIA Quarterfinals in Montgomery, AL.

 

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