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McDonough keeps piling up soccer accolades

Pacific University star is named to a pair of western regional All-Star squads

His work on the soccer pitch finished for the season, Matt McDonough's most important task at the moment is clearing room on his sagging mantle.

McDonough, a Pacific University senior, nabbed two more awards last week to go along with his Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year trophy from Nov. 9.

On Wednesday, McDonough was the only NWC player named to the D3Kicks.com All-West Region Team, and on Thursday he earned similar honors from the National Soccer Coaches of America.

The NSCAA All-West Region Team featured six Northwest Conference players, but McDonough was the first Pacific selection since Matt Warner in 2002.

'It will be hard to match a season like Matt had this year,' said Pacific men's soccer coach Jim Brazeau. 'He's a great kid and this award is huge to our program.'

McDonough, who earlier this year became just the third Boxer in history to be named conference Player of the Year, led Pacific to one of the biggest turnarounds in Division III history, going from two wins in 2005 to 10 wins this season. McDonough's 12 goals were the most in the league and fourth most in school history. The senior also took the NWC scoring title with 27 points after factoring in his three assists.

'Matt's accomplishments are a true testament to our program,' said Brazeau. 'The season he had and how he helped the team succeed was huge. He will be missed.'

McDonough seemed to score goals when the Boxers needed them most, tallying four game-winning strikes. He netted the only goal in a 1-0 win over defending league champ Whitworth on Sept. 24, and blasted the game-winner against Cal State East Bay on Sept. 13.

The senior also had a knack for scoring in bunches, posting six of his goals in just three games. McDonough had a pair of goals in a 4-1 win over Whitman on Sept. 23 and also doubled up in matches against Willamette on Oct. 7 and again on Nov. 4.