Men's Soccer | 04/20/2011

3 Matador Soccer players find 4-year homes

Giron, Milosevic, Villon all sign letters of intent

Yuma, Arizona April 21, 2011 Arizona Western College is proud to announce that 3 members of the AWC Soccer team have signed official letters of intent to attend 4-year schools and play soccer for the schools this fall. Defender Mynor Giron (MY-nohr ZHEE-rohn) has signed with California State University-Northridge; goalkeeper Dejan Milosevic (DAY-yahn mee-LOH-seh-VITCH) will enroll at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado; and midfielder Abraham Villon (bee-YOHN) will head to San Diego State University.

While interest in the Matador Soccer student-athletes by higher-echelon four-year university soccer programs has steadily increased since Kenny Dale began making the Matador Soccer program successful 6 years ago, it reached a fever pitch after they won their first-ever Region I Championship last October. These three student-athletes were all heavily recruited, since they were such integral parts of last year's success. However, it's may be a surprise to some that Mynor Giron is on this list since he just arrived for his freshman campaign at AWC last August. However, CSUN had their eyes on Giron even before he put on an AWC jersey, and their interest only improved with the season he had for the Mats on the back line. His aggressive defensive style forced most opposing forwards to head the opposite direction from him once they got close to the goal. He was also one of the most durable Matadors in 2011, logging over 1800 minutes and starting all but one of the Matadors' 23 matches in 2010. He was also the one who got things started on the right foot in each of the Matadors' two 'shootout' playoff matches, scoring the first penalty kick against Phoenix in the Region I Semifinals and against Otero in the West District Finals. Giron was named All-ACCAC Honorable Mention after the season. Ironically, Giron won't have to change mascots, since Cal-State Northridge is the only other college program that is also known as the Matadors.

Meanwhile, Dejan Milosevic had a knack for knowing how to finish off opponents while rarely leaving his spot between the pipes to do it. The native of Belgrade, Serbia, was the foundation of the Mats' stingy defense the past 2 years, and his 4032 minutes logged in goal was easily the most of any ACCAC goalkeeper since 2008. What Fort Lewis also had to be looking at beyond the stats was Milosevic's incredible ability to direct the defenders in the line in front of him to perfect positions on the field to prevent goals. It's also why his goals-against average was among the ACCAC leaders each year, including his .94 goals-against average in 2010. However, when we say he rarely left the goal to finish off opponents, there's one very notable exception: October 11th, when he sent the Mats' match at Phoenix College into overtime with a shot to tie the score with just 13 seconds to go. Milosevic earned 2nd Team All-ACCAC honors in both of his seasons at AWC, and was the first Matador Soccer player ever to be named the Region I Finals Most Valuable Player. 'Milo' now heads to a perennial NCAA Division II soccer powerhouse that is just 2 years removed from winning its 2nd national championship in the past 6 years.

Finally, by midseason, Abraham Villon was known-not just in the ACCAC, but in the nation. He was the best assist man on the team, in the ACCAC, and was 5th in the nation in that category. His ability to put the ball in the perfect spot for his teammates to finish off a goal was one of the main reasons the Mats won the region. Villon's 2010 season started out slow, but once he got comfortable on the field with his new mates, he became a master of the cross-shot. The native of Garden Grove, California, had a stretch of 6 straight games in September and October where he had at least one assist, and saved his best for the big matches, with 4 multiple-assist matches-2 of them were against the team that AWC spent much of the season battling for first place with: Pima. He also helped set up his teammates for 3 goals in the regular season finale at Mesa. For the season, Villon finished with a conference-leading 15 assists, plus 2 goals, a total of 19 points, and-like Giron-scored penalty kicks in overtime in the Region I Semifinals and West District Finals. Villon was one of only 2 Matadors to earn 1st Team All-ACCAC honors after the season. Villon now heads to an Aztec program that is definitely on the way up, having finished with their first 10-win season in 16 years this past October. Both Villon and Milosevic are expected to participate in AWC Commencement ceremonies in three weeks.

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