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Chiefs' Men's Soccer Receives Post-Season Awards
Salazar tabbed 3rd team All-American
Thirteen members of Waubonsee Community College’s Men’s Soccer team were recently recognized for their outstanding 2012 season by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC), the NJCAA Region IV and the NJCAA National Soccer Committees. Keeper Justin Salazar heads up the Chiefs’ lengthy list of honorees after being named an NJCAA Third Team All-American. Waubonsee’s other post-season award winners include defenders Kevin Ortega and Erik Madrigal, forwards Cesar Garcia and Victor Corral, midfielder Juan Carlos Bustamante and Head Coach Brett Suhayda. Joining them also are defenders Paul Butera, Angel Diaz and Juan Luis Perez, along with midfielders Eduardo Llamas, Alvaro Perez and Josue Martinez. All were key contributors to a Waubonsee squad that captured the ISCC title for the first time ever and went on to post a 16-3-1 record, the best mark for the program since 1983.
Salazar, a graduate of Hinckley-Big Rock High School, was chosen the top keeper of the All-Region IV Champions Group and fourth-ranked player overall in the region. The sophomore came on strong as the season progressed and finished eighth nationally among NJCAA Division I keepers with 125 saves. His save percentage of .856 placed him 14th nationally as he registered eight shutouts during the season.
Ortega, a freshman from Aurora East High School, was named All-ISCC First Team and as an All-Region Champions Group defender after spearheading a Chiefs’ defensive unit that only allowed 22 goals all season. Madrigal, a sophomore from Oswego High School, was also chosen All-ISCC First Team and to the All-Region Champions Group as a key member of a defense that shut out 11 opponents.
Garcia, a sophomore from Aurora West High School, tallied 13 goals and six assists on his way to being selected to the All-ISCC First Team and All-Region Champions Group. He finished tied for sixth in the region in goals and points, and tied for 39th nationally among NJCAA Division I players in goals and points with 32.
Corral, an Aurora East High School graduate, was also tabbed All-ISCC First Team and to the All-Region Champions Group as a forward. He booked a team-leading 18 goals which placed him 13th nationally and fourth in the region in scoring. Corral’s total of 38 points on the season tied him for 20th nationally and placed him fifth in the region in that category.
Bustamante, another freshman from Aurora East High School, was selected to the All-ISCC Second Team and the All-Region Champions Group. The midfielder recorded three goals and five assists in helping the Chiefs outshoot their opponents 317 to 151.
Coach Suhayda was named the ISCC Coach of the Year after leading the Chiefs to the program’s first ever conference championship. In his fourth season, he engineered Waubonsee’s amazing turnaround as the Chiefs went 6-0-1 in league play this fall after registering only one conference win the previous three seasons. His squad was also one of the least penalized in the nation, receiving just three yellow cards all season to rank 125th out of 142 NJCAA Division I men’s soccer teams.
Butera, a freshman defender from Oswego East High School, was selected to the All-ISCC First Team. Fellow defender Diaz, a freshman from Aurora East High School, was named to the All-ISCC Second Team. Another freshman defender from Aurora East High School, Juan Carlos Perez, was also tabbed to the All-ISCC Second Team while scoring a pair of goals and assisting on three others.
Llamas, a sophomore midfielder from Aurora East High School, was chosen to the All-ISCC First Team in helping the Chiefs out score their opponents 56-22 overall. Aurora West graduate Alvaro Perez was tabbed All-ISCC Second Team. The freshman midfielder tallied the ISCC title clinching goal in the Chiefs’ 2-1 victory over five-time defending league champion Oakton Community College, breaking the Raiders’ 34-game conference streak without a loss. Another freshman from Aurora West High School, Martinez was named All-ISCC Second Team as a midfielder.
The Chiefs were ranked as high as 17th late in the season in the NJCAA’s Division I poll. Waubonsee finished fifth nationally in shots (317) and 12th nationally in saves (129). Only two opponents in 20 matches got off more shots than the Chiefs. The team also won all three of their scrimmage games to unofficially equal the 1983 squad’s 19 wins, the second most in the program’s history after only the 1982 team’s 22 victories.