KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A total of five Summit League men's soccer student-athletes were recognized on the All-West Region Teams it was announced the the United Soccer Coaches organization today.
Denver's Andre Shinyashiki earned first team honors, while teammate Graham Smith and Omaha's Elvir Ibisevic were named to the second team. The Pioneers' Alex Underwood and the Mavericks' Emmanuel Hamzat were selected to the third team.
Shinyashiki finished his junior season with nine goals and four assists in 19 matches for the Pioneers. The 2017 Summit League Offensive Player of the Year led the team in goals, and netted a Summit-League best five goals in league play. Shinyashiki's 22 points sits eighth in Denver's Division I single-season record book. The two-time Summit League First Team selection scored two game-winning goals and two game-tying goals, including the equalizer with 16 seconds left in regulation in the regular season win over Omaha.
Following his transfer from Oregon State after his sophomore season, Smith played and started in 43 matches in his Denver career, finishing with 19 points on six goals and seven assists. Smith scored three game-winning goals in his career, including against Omaha and No. 16 Akron in his senior year. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native split time at holding mid and center back in his senior campaign, but still finished second on the team in points with 10 on three goals and four assists.
A three-year regular in Denver's starting XI, Underwood finished his Pioneer career as Denver's second-most capped player, seeing action in 80 matches and making 64 starts, including starting all 43 matches in his final two seasons with the Crimson and Gold. Underwood finished eighth in Denver's Division I history in assists with 14 to go along with 11 goals for the Pioneers for a total of 36 points. In 2017, Underwood played and started in all 19 matches as a winger, finishing with eight points on three goals and two assists.
Ibisevic picked up second-team honors and led the Mavericks with 19 points from nine goals and an assist. He tied for the Summit League lead in goals scored and picked up First Team All-League honors.
Hamzat garnered third-team honors this season. This season the senior had 16 points from seven goals and two assists. Hamzat also received First Team All-Summit League honors.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.