Westminster men's soccer: Frontier names four Griffins All-Conference

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Nov. 21 2013 2:25 p.m. MST

WHITEFISH, Mont. – Frontier Conference commissioner Kent Paulson announced that four members of the Westminster College men’s soccer team were selected to the league’s all-conference team for 2013. Lucas Matelich, Manuel Duenas, Omar Jaimes and Ryan Smith were each named to the team from Westminster.

Matelich led the Griffins this season with 1,684 minutes played, and he anchored a defense that allowed 1.55 goals per game. The 5-foot-10 defender from Missoula, Mont., started all 20 games for the Griffins and was credited with two shot attempts and one shot on goal. This is his first all-conference selection.

Duenas was named to the all-conference team after posting two goals and two assists during the season. The 5-2 junior from Woods Cross, Utah, was the centerpiece of the Westminster midfield. He led the team in corner kicks while taking 15 shots and scoring one game-winning goal. This is his first all-conference honor.

Jaimes finished the year with one goal and three assists for five points. A 6-0 senior from West Valley City, Utah, Jaimes took 16 shots during the year with eight of them on goal. He played and started all 20 games and also collected one game-winning goal. He was named to the all-conference team for the first time.

Smith collected 14 goals and one assist for a total of 29 points in 2013. The 5-10 senior scored eight goals in the team’s final four games of the year, including a hat trick in the 6-1 win over Walla Walla in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. His four game-winning goals rank 28th in the NAIA, and he is 31st in the country with those 14 goals. He was named all-conference for the first time in his career.

Rocky Mountain College coach Richard Duffy was selected coach of the year. Oliver Gore a senior forward from Rocky Mountain College was a repeat selection as the Men’s Soccer Player of the year.

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