The California Community College Soccer Coaches Association (CCCSA) has named Hancock College sophomore Migel Gomez to the CCCSA All-State Team, the school announced in a Thursday press release.
Gomez is the first Hancock men's soccer player in at least 12 years to garner a spot on the All-State team.
The United Soccer Coaches Association (USCA) named Gomez and his freshman teammate, Saul Ayuso, were named to the USCA's Division III All-West Region Team.
Gomez made the All-West Region First Team. Ayuso, who graduated from Santa Maria, landed on the Second Team.
Gomez was the Western State Conference Player of the Year. He led the WSC in points, with 47.
He racked up 14 goals and 19 assists. Hancock's Ulysses Cardona tied Gomez for the conference lead in goals.
Gomez, a Cabrillo High School graduate, ranked third in the state in assists and points and was tied for sixth in goals. He set a Hancock single-season assists record and ranked third all-time in conference history in that category,
He is the first Hancock soccer player to win the conference's player of the year award since 2002 and is the fourth in history to do so.
"Migel is the complete package — his speed, touch on the soccer ball, leadership and work ethic are going to take him a long way," said Hancock men's soccer coach Billy Vinnedge.
"I have no doubt Migel is going to do great things at the next level, both on and off the field."
As for Ayuso, "Saul is a player who you always want to have the soccer ball," said Vinnedge. "He controls the tempo of the game and creates most of our opportunities.
"We expect huge things out of Saul next year. I can't wait to watch him develop and continue to take his game to the next level."
Hancock finished 10-9-2, 2-7-1 in 2017. The Bulldogs won 10 games in a single season for the first time in seven years.
Orange Coast College 78, Hancock 57
LOS ANGELES — The Pirates and Bulldogs are both 6-5 after Orange Coast rolled to a win in the first round of the Los Angeles Southwest Classic.
Hancock suffered its second straight lopsided loss. Cerritos routed the Bulldogs 75-51 in a non-conference game Saturday.
Trenton Mitchell scored to give Hancock a 4-2 lead. The Pirates went on a 22-6 run the next nine minutes, and that was that.
Turnovers, 30 of them to be exact, doomed the Bulldogs. The Pirates out-scored the Bulldogs 31-9 in points off turnovers.
The Bulldogs had 17 turnovers in the first half. The Pirates had one.
Hancock went 19-for-43 from the floor and shot just 58 percent (14-for-24) from the foul line. Orange Coast made 49 percent of its shots from the floor and 69 percent of its free throws.
Malik Skillern led balanced Orange Coast scoring with 15 points. Kupaa Harrison and Lloyd Wright put in 14 points apiece.
Shane Carney and Spirit Ricks led Hancock with 11 points each. The Bulldogs will play Western State Conference North Division rival Oxnard (0-6) at 1 p.m. Friday in another tournament game.
St. Joseph 66, Moorpark 61
St. Joseph was led by its bigs as junior Tevesi Auau had 14 points and 17 boards and Elihu Cobb added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Knights are 1-1.
Anyel Ortiz had 10 points and five rebounds for St. Joseph. EJ Brinez added five points and eight rebounds.
Lassen 65, Hancock 46
MONTEREY — The Bulldogs (6-5) suffered through a dreadful game on offense and lost their second straight as the Cougars (10-5) rolled to a win in the first round of the Monterey Classic at Monterey Peninsula College.
Lassen built a 26-7 lead and cruised from there. Hancock shot just 37 percent (19-for-51) from the field.
Grace Rosa was one Bulldog who shot well. She hit nine of her 13 shots and finished with 20 points for the second straight game and fourth game in her last five.
Taylor Lee-Hammer finished with 11 points for the Bulldogs. Lee-Hammer has scored in double figures in 10 games this season.
Hancock will play Los Positas (1-9) at 3 p.m. Friday in another tournament game. Hancock defeated Los Positas 61-48 in the third-place game at Cuesta's tournament two weeks ago.