Two Tigers tabbed All-American

Pereira named to first team, Gutierrez on second

PHOTO PROVIDED • Marshalltown Community College sophomores soccer players Rafael Pereira, left, and Fernando Gutierrez were recently honored with selection to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-American and all-East Region teams.

Four members of the Marshalltown Community College men’s soccer team have been honored with selection to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America all-East Region teams, and two of them were awarded All-American honors as well.

Rafael Pereira and Fernando Gutierrez both earned All-American selections, which were announced Thursday. The duo were each named to the all-East Region first team as well.

Pereira was dubbed the best goalie in the nation by the coaches association, earning him a spot on the All-American first team.

The sophomore stopper recorded 10 shutouts while his 15 wins tied for the sixth-best mark in the country. A 0.71 goals-against average was the eighth-best mark nationally and he finished his career with 33 wins and 20 shutouts.

Gutierrez was named to the All-American second team for the second-straight year. He was one of two players to repeat as an NSCAA All-American, as he played on one of the top defenses in the country. The Tigers held opponents to just 0.69 goals per game.

MCC sophomore Pedro Oliveira and freshman Kino Ryosuke each earned second-team all-East Region honors as well.

Oliveira played midfield for the Tigers and helped his team to 11 shutout wins in 2016. Oliveira scored four goals and earned three assists, giving him 11 points this year.

Ryosuke had a banner year, scoring 18 goals and nine assists, on his way to 45 points in his freshman year. All three categories ranked second among Iowa Community College Athletic Conference players and were all in the top 20 nationally. Ryosuke had eight game-winning goals this season.