Menlo College men's soccer team placed three of its players on the all-Golden State Athletic Conference team it was announced Tuesday. senior striker Eric Hegmann was named for the second straight season while Noa Kerr and Angelo Willi made it for the first time in their Menlo careers. This is the fourth consecutive year the Oaks have had three individuals make the all-conference team.
Hegmann is in the midst of another stellar season for the Oaks, surpassing his junior season. He has scored 13 goals and added six assists for a team-best 32 points and ranks second in the conference.
Hegmann recorded at least one point in nine of his past 10 games, including eight straight. He accumulated five multi-goal games.
Kerr was one of the biggest surprises of the season with how the Oaks chose to utilize him. Primarily a defender in his first two seasons at Menlo, he began playing as an attacking midfielder and became one of the best passers in the conference.
As a result, he turned in his best offensive season yet, scoring three times and adding seven assists, tying him for fourth most in the conference. Twice this year he put up multiple assists in a game, and in seven of his 16 games he either scored or assisted.
His best game of the season came in conference play against San Diego Christian, where he scored and added two assists.
Willi might not register a large amount of statistics as a midfielder but his role on the Oaks is invaluable, as evidenced by his selection. Transferring from Bluefield College, the native of Switzerland scored once and added an assist for the Oaks in his first season in California.
All of his points came in two games but his quick passing and elusive behavior in the center of the field stands out. His passing percentage is the best on the team and he is the one distributing to players like Kerr and Hegmann.
The Master's University's Benji Tembo repeated as GSAC Player of the Year. Andrew Robles, a midfielder for Vanguard, was named Newcomer of the Year award and Randy Dodge of Vanguard won Coach of the Year for guiding the Lions to a regular-season conference title.
The Oaks host Westmont College on Saturday at noon at Wunderlich Field in the first round of conference playoffs. The winner travels to Irvine for the semifinals, set for the following Thursday at Orange County Great Park.