by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Seven Pirates earned a spot on the 2017 All-Northwest Conference men's soccer team, which was released this morning by the NWC office.
Eric Espinoza (Sr., San Jose, Calif.), Jonah Snyder (Sr., Burlingame, Calif.), Moi Diaz (Sr., McMinnville, Ore.), and Austin Cassity (Sr., Camas, Wash.) earned first team honors, while Kyle Cacoyannis (Jr., Santa Clara, Calif.) and Kyle Morris (Sr., Ridgefield, Wash.) made the second team. Micah Weller (Sr., Cheney, Wash.) was an honorable mention selection.
Snyder, Espinoza, Diaz, Morris, and Cacoyannis all returned to the All-NWC team after making it last season.. Weller and Cassity earned their first all-conference nod.
The full release can be found on the Northwest Conference website.
Espinoza was a unanimous first team choice in 2017. He finished the season with three goals and five assists, fourth-most in the NWC. He was one of the Pirates two captains this season.
Snyder led the team in both goals and assists. His nine goals were second most in the conference and eight assists led the NWC. Snyder finished second in the Northwest Conference with 26 points.
Diaz earned All-NWC first team selection for the third straight year, one of twelve student-athletes in conference history to do so. He scored seven goals and assisted on two others in his second season as a Pirate.
Cassity moved from the wing to outside back this season and contributed six assists. His box-to-box play contributed to Pirate wins in the defensive and attacking thirds.
Morris led the Pirate back line as a returning All-NWC center back. He was an iron man in the defensive third, totaling up over 1,700 minutes.
Cacoyannis scored a career-high three goals from his defensive midfield spot this season. One of his goals was a match-winner and Cacoyannis also contributed an assist.
Weller was one of the Pirates best offensive options in the midfield. The senior scored five goals, one of which was a match-winner, to earn an honorable mention selection.
Whitworth's seven All-NWC choices led the team to a 10-8-1 overall record with an 8-5-3 conference mark.