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Men's Soccer - Tue, Nov. 1, 2016 - posted by Seth Preuss
Thales Serra was named Co-GSAC Player of the Year for HIU
Thales Serra was named Co-GSAC Player of the Year for HIU

IRVINE, CA - The GSAC Conference Office has announced the 2016 GSAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team presented by Under Armour. The team consists of 24 players and is led by GSAC Co-Players of the Year, Thales Serra (Hope International) and Genaro Hurtado-Salinas (Westmont). Efrain Bonilla, a junior transfer for Menlo, is the GSAC Newcomer of the Year. Dave Wolf, who led Westmont to its first GSAC Men's Soccer Championship since 2002, was voted the GSAC Coach of the Year.

Serra, a senior midfielder, was solid all season for the Royals. The native of Santos, Brazil was a key piece of Coach Lurker's attacking group. Serra ranks in the top 10 in shots per game, assists, and assists per game. To see the complete list of honorees go to GSAC Men's Soccer Awards

Four Royals were recognized for their efforts on the pitch during the regular season: junior captain Ryan Brown as a keeper, senior midfielder Thales Serra, sophomore forward Joel Palomares, and senior captain Cesar Cruz-Martinez as a midfielder. With the four selections from the 2016 roster HIU men's soccer now has 22 All-GSAC players in its program history. The Royals have had at least one player named All-GSAC in 11 of the past 12 seasons.

Brown was named All-GSAC for his play in goal for the Royals. Brown started all but one match in goal for HIU and recorded six shutouts in addition to a pair of shared shutouts with teammate Manuel Madrigal. Brown made 66 saves at a rate of 83.5% against 203 shots during the regular season. Brown only allowed two goals through the first ten matches of the season and has given up less than one goal per game this year.

Serra was named All-GSAC as a midfielder and is the reigning GSAC Player of the Year along with Hurtado-Salinas. Serra tallied four goals and five assists during the regular season and converted two of his three PK opportunities during the year. His creativity and ball handling helped him become one of the foremost offensive players in the conference and the leader in assists for HIU.

Palomares was named All-GSAC for his work at forward and is tied for the team lead with seven goals in the regular season. Palomares recorded three multi-goal games for HIU and dished an assist during the season – two of his seven goals were game-winners for HIU.

Cruz-Martinez caps his career at HIU with an All-GSAC recognition as a midfielder. Cruz-Martinez tied for the team lead in scoring with seven goals and was the regular-season lead in points with seven goals and four assists. Three of his seven goals in the regular season proved to be game-winners. Cruz-Martinez recorded one multi-goal game against Westmont and was also a perfect three of three on PKs.

The Royals have qualified for the GSAC Tournament as the fourth seed and will host The Master's on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Fullerton College. The match will begin at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students with school ID – HIU students are free with valid HIU school ID.

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Overall GSAC Streak
5-1-2 (.750) 1-0 (1.000) Won 1