Dec. 10, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU men's soccer players Jaime Ibarra, T.J. Nelson and Tyler Engel have been named Second-Team All-Midwest Region by the NSCAA.
Last month, Ibarra, a junior goalkeeper, was named the Conference USA Player of the Year, the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and was selected First Team All-C-USA. During the regular season, he led the league in goals against average (0.75), save percentage (0.880), and tied for the lead in shutouts (4) and saves (44) during C-USA play. He recorded six shutouts on the season, posting a three-match shutout streak Sept. 29-Oct. 6 (at No. 23 UAB, vs. No. 20 Tulsa, vs. Kentucky) and also blanked the opposition in back-to-back games Sept. 14-16 (vs. Oakland, vs. UC Davis). Ibarra even saved a penalty kick on Sept. 14 against Oakland and again on Sept. 20 versus CSU Bakersfield. He has seven games this year with six or more saves and has recorded 88 total stops this season, which ranks him 15th nationally. He averages 5.18 saves per game (21st NCAA) and holds an 84.6% save percentage (12th NCAA). Ibarra received numerous awards during the season and was even selected the NSCAA National Player of the Week Sept. 24-30.
Nelson, a senior midfielder, was named to the All-Conference USA second team. He was part of the Mustang defense that led the league in goals allowed (6), goals-against average (0.75 per game), saves made (47, including three team saves) and shutouts (4). A two-time team captain, Nelson was selected to the Conference USA, Hurricane Classic and SMU Classic All-Tournament teams.
Engel, a sophomore forward, was also selected Second-Team All-C-USA. He led the team in points (23), goals (8), assists (7) and game-winning goals (5). Engel was instrumental in helping SMU win the conference title, scoring a league-high three game-winning goals in conference action. The forward was second in points (14), tied for second in assists (4) and was third in goals (5) in league play. He was a two-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week this season and was named to several national teams of the week.