Three Liberty Flames have been named to the 2017 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Men's Soccer All-State University Division team.
Midfielder Kevin Mendoza and defender Alex Dominguez garnered first team honors, while forward Tresor Mbuyu was selected to the second team, as the all-state teams were announced this afternoon.
For the third straight year, Mendoza was named to the Big South All-Conference team. The junior midfielder from Mexico City, Mexico was selected to the first team for the second consecutive year after leading the Flames in scoring with career highs for goals (10) and points (24). He also had four assists.
Mendoza finished the year fifth in the Big South in points and sixth in goals. Five of his goals came in Big South play, as the Flames posted a 5-3 mark in the conference. The junior also is tied for third in the conference with three game-winning goals. One of two Flames to start every match this season, Mendoza was named the 2017 Dayton Tournament MVP.
In his final season at Liberty, Dominguez received his first Big South All-Conference team selection. After posting one career assist entering the 2017 season, the defender set career highs for points (five) and assists (three) in a season. He also scored the first goal of his career in Liberty's 2-1 victory at Presbyterian on Oct. 13.
The El Paso, Texas native was also part of a defensive unit which was among the national leaders in goals against for most of the season. The Flames finished the year allowing 1.12 goals per game and tied for the conference lead with seven shutouts.
Mbuyu was named to the Big South All-Conference first team for the second consecutive season in 2017. For the second straight season, the forward compiled over 20 points with 22 on nine goals and four assists. As the Big South Attacking Player of the Year, Mbuyu had 29 points in 2016.
Like Mendoza, Mbuyu finished the year among the top 10 scorers in the Big South, fininshing the year seventh in both points and goals.
Liberty posted a 10-6-1 overall record in 2016, winning 10 or more games for the first time since 2014.