Liberty Flames midfielder Kevin Mendoza and forward Tresor Mbuyu have been named to the 2018 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Men's Soccer All-State University Division first team. It is the third time both Flames garnered all-state honors.
Mendoza capped his final year at Liberty by becoming the first Flame to be named to Atlantic All-Region team since 2012, and for the fourth straight year, the midfielder was voted to an all-conference team in 2018. This season, the Mexico City, Mexico native was named to the ASUN All-Conference first team, earning first team honors for the third consecutive season. He earned first team All-Big South honors in both 2016 and 2017.
The senior midfielder led the ASUN Conference in points (29), points per game (2.07) and goals per game (0.86), while tying for the conference lead in goals (12). He also tied for third in the conference in assists (5).
In addition, Mendoza finished his year among the NCAA Division I leaders in several categories. He completed the year as the national leader in shot accuracy, putting 73 percent of his shot attempts on goal. He also ranked fifth in points per game, sixth in goals per game, 11th in total points and 12th in total goals.
Meanwhile, Mbuyu garnered an all-conference team honor for the third straight year in 2018. The forward was named to the ASUN All-Conference first team this past season, while picking up Big South All-Conference honors in 2016 and 2017. The Charlotte, N.C. native has been selected to the first team in each of his three seasons at Liberty.
One of only three Flames to start all 15 Liberty contests this season, Mbuyu tied with teammate Kevin Mendoza for the ASUN lead in goals with 12. The forward finished second in the conference in points with 28. The senior also finished the year second in the conference in points per game (1.87) and goals per game (0.80). He attempted the most shots (53) in the conference and tied for sixth in assists (4).
Mbuyu finished the year among the NCAA Division I leaders in several categories. He completed the year ninth in the nation in points per game, 10th in goals per game and 12th in total goals.
Liberty finished 2018 with a 7-7-1 overall and was ranked 10th in the final regular season Atlantic Region poll.
2018 VaSID All-State Teams VaSID State Player of Year – Antonio Bustamante, William & Mary VaSID State Rookie of the Year – Amadou Diop, Radfor VaSID Coach of the Year – Paul Zazenski, James Madison
VaSID First-Team All-State Ryder Bell, William & Mary $ Tresor Mbuyu, Liberty % Kristo Strickeler, Virginia Tech Antonio Bustamante, William & Mary% Manuel Ferriol, James Madison^ Siad Haji, VCU Kevin Mendoza, Liberty% Marcel Berry, William & Mary$ Henry Kesseler, Virginia Thomas Shores, James Madison TJ Bush, James Madison
VaSID Second-Team All-State Amadou Diop, Radford Kieran Roberts, Radford^ Max Wilschrey, Old Dominion Joe Bell, Virginia Yannick Franz, James Madison Nik Klosterhalfen, Old Dominion James Kasak, Virginia Tech Aboubacar Keita, Virginia Ryo Shimazaki, VCU Myles Yorke, Radford Colin Shutler, Virginia
^ - Two-Time VaSID Selection % - Three-Time VaSID Selection $ - Four-Time VaSID Selection
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