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Warriors earn All-Region honors
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Three members of the Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer team and one member of the men's team were named to CoSIDA/Daktronics Soccer All- Region teams.
Stanislaus sophomore forward Karenee Demery picked up her second Daktronics/CoSIDA All-Far West Region honor.
Demery was joined by second-team picks in junior midfielder Alexia Poon and senior defender Vanessa Cervantes. Together they led the Warriors to a California Collegiate Athletic Association championship and their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Including the postseason, Demery finished the year with 16 goals and 11 assists with six game-winning goals. She scored three goals in the CCAA title match, leading the Warriors to a 4-0 win over Chico State.
Poon, a 2010 All-Region first team pick, scored six goals with six assists in 2011. For Cervantes, who earned her first All-CCAA nod earlier this month, is awarded with the all-region second team for the first time.
UC San Diego keeper Kristin Armstrong was named the Most Valuable Player as six Tritons were named to the Daktronics All-Region squads, including three 1st-teamers.
Of the 13 players named to each of the first and second teams, the CCAA placed eight student-athletes on each.
Sophomore defender Kyle Cadigan has been selected to the CoSIDA/Daktronics Men's Soccer All-West Region team in a vote of the region's sports information directors.
Cadigan was part of the Stanislaus defense that recorded eight shutouts as he led the Warriors to a CCAA Championship appearance. Cadigan and the Warriors allowed just 19 goals in 2011. He also scored two goals with an assist. Cadigan adds to his postseason accolades that already included the All-CCAA first team award and a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District award.
Seattle Pacific's Tyler Schultz, the reigning Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year, has been named the Daktronics West Region Men's Soccer Player of the Year. Schultz's honor highlighted the unveiling of the 2011 Daktronics NCAA Division II Men's Soccer All-West Region team.
Schultz, a midfielder, scored 16 goals and assisted on three others this season to lead the Falcons to the NCAA West Region final, where they lost to Cal State L.A. He was joined on the first team by two teammates, defender Jon Pearman and goalkeeper Zach Johnson.
The west region champion Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles led the way with five all-region honorees. Defender Tyler Rivas was voted to the first team while teammates Waleed Cassis, Sergio Cedano, Jason Swope and Rosario Bras earned second team recognition.
Three schools placed two student-athletes on the first team. Grand Canyon was represented by defender Nick Sykes and forward Saeed Robinson; Notre Dame de Namur had midfielder Oscar Yniguez and forward Cristobal Montes; and Sonoma State boasted midfielders Michel Arroyo and Cory Taufer.
Rounding out the first team selections were forward Luis Gonzalez of Cal Poly Pomona, and forward Chance Bukoski of Hawaii Pacific.
All student-athletes who earned first team honors will advance to the Daktronics All-America ballot. The Daktronics NCAA Division II Men's Soccer All-America team will be released on Nov. 30.