Dec. 3, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore Omar Alfonso has been named a South Atlantic Region All-America for the 2004 soccer season. Alfonso, who helped Loyola win a sixth straight regular season MAAC title in the fall, is a second-team pick for the second straight year.
"I believe our region is one of the strongest regions in the country and that makes this a very fulfilling award," says Alfonso. "Even though I didn't have the greatest offensive numbers this season, I worked very hard and always did my very best. To be recognized for that is quite rewarding."
After scoring an amazing 17 goals his freshman season, Alfonso took upon himself a different role in 2004 and helped lead a young Greyhound team to an 11-6-1 overall record. With 12 points off of three goals and six assists, Alfonso was a constant threat to score and posted two game-winning goals last season.
"After the season, I realized that no matter how hard you work to accomplish your goals, personal goals are always secondary to team performance. Scoring goals, breaking records and stuff like that is meaningless until you're able to make an impact in the postseason."
For the second consecutive year, Alfonso earns both South Atlantic Region and All-MAAC honors. His two-year cumulative statistics give the 5-9 forward 52 points, already placing him among Loyola's top-30 all-time scorers.
"I wouldn't even be considered for regional All-America if it weren't for my teammates and coaching staff," adds Alfonso. "This is a team award."