Lancers’ sophomore goalie Gaetano Perez has been named the 2013 South Coast Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year.
This season Perez set the Lancer record as the all-time leader in saves (183) and shutouts (10).
Head coach Edgar Manvelyan said the team took off when Perez took over the starting role after four games into the season.
“Gaetano played very well for us in the back this season and he really changed our season around,” Manvelyan said.
In one of his most athletic performances of the season, Perez tied his season high of 11 saves to help the Lancers tie eventual conference champion Mt. San Antonio College. A vocal leader and team captain, Perez recorded ten or more saves in four games this season.
“Gaetano is a born leader,” sophomore forward Luis Flores said. “His leadership is unmatched and he’s a great goalkeeper. The team’s success was largely due to Gaetano being a great keeper and leader.”
This season Perez ranked first in the conference in saves (117) and save percentage (.830). Perez finished the season in the top 10 among the state’s goalkeepers in both categories.
“We were lucky to have one of the best goalkeepers in the state,” sophomore forward Zack Larson added. “Gaetano did a good job leading the team this season and we owe a lot of our victories and ties to him.”
Despite his team’s early round exit in the SoCal Regional Playoffs, Perez recorded seven saves in his last game as a Lancer.
Selected to the 2013 All-SCC First Team with Perez was Flores, who is 11th on the Lancers’ all-time points scoring list, and sophomore forward Eric Chaves, who led the Lancers this season in goals (9).
Three Lancers were named to the 2013 All-SCC Second Team, led by sophomore forward Zack Larson. This season Larson was second on the team in goals (8), assists (7), and points (23). Freshmen defenders Rodolfo Munoz and George Barba were also selected.